Actor Adam West diesPosted By: Patience Rutayisire - On:12/06/2017
"Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero," the West family said in a statement to Variety.
Adam West, the star of the Sixties 'Batman' series, died Friday night in Los Angeles following a short battle with leukemia at the age of 88.
The family added on Facebook, "It's with great sadness that we are sharing this news... Adam West passed away peacefully last night after a short but brave battle with leukemia. He was a beloved father, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather. There are no words to describe how much we'll miss him. We know you'll miss him too and we want you to know how much your love and support meant to him throughout the years. Hug your loved ones today."
After spending the early half of the Sixties playing bit parts on TV shows and movies – including the 1964 sci-fi classic Robinson Crusoe on Mars – West was the first actor to step into the role of Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ego Batman for the kitschy, campy television series based on the DC Comics character.
A surprise hit, Batman ran for three seasons and 120 episodes, with West's deadpan depiction of the Dark Knight immortalized in the pop culture lexicon.
"My Batman has endured because it had something for everyone," West told the Daily Express in 2015 of the Batman role. "When you were a kid you could enjoy all the adventure, the color, the crazy costumes, the wonderful villains. Then as you got a little bit older you saw the satirical elements, the bizarre stuff."