Caped Crusader Adam West Passes On: Gotham In Mourning
For those who fondly remember the 1960s TV series “Batman,” there will always be one true caped crusader, Adam West. The handsome actor lost a brief battle with leukemia at age 88 as reported by the NYTimes.com.
Family sources say the star died peacefully in Los Angeles Friday surrounded by loved ones. Mr. West leaves behind a wife, Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
“Batman” was a huge television hit but only lasted two years, 1966-1968. Even in reruns, it remained a classic favorite. Big stars like Eartha Kitt, Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero, Julie Newmar, John Astin, Frank Gorshen, Shelley Winters, Eli Wallach, Art Carney, Vincent Price, Zsa Zsa Gabor and others often played roles as criminals on the hit show that took place in the city of Gotham.
The tributes to Adam West have been pouring in. His right-hand man Robin (Burt Ward) is said to be devastated by the loss and considered Adam West to be a loyal and close friend for some 50 years. He has told the media that he will “forever miss” his pal Batman.
Val Kilmer, who once played Batman in the movie, said that Adam West was so kind and a real gentlemen each time they would bump into each other.
Julie Newmar, Catwoman, also misses her friend, saying that Adam West was so intelligent and witty and lots of fun to work with on the TV series.
After “Batman” was canceled in March of 1968, it became difficult for Mr. West to find new acting gigs. Folks had come to recognize his iconic voice and manner as the alter ego Bruce Wayne and Batman, and he became typecast. He then went into voice work and was quite successful in that genre, adding his talents to the animated hit “Family Guy.”
Mr. West had homes in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, but he and Marcelle really enjoyed their sprawling ranch near Sun Valley, Idaho and spent most of their time there.
Adam West finally got a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in April 2012.