Adam West, who played 1960s-era Batman, dies at 88

Adam West Family Guy

Adam West Family Guy

West first donned the Batsuit in 1966, subduing bad guys such as Cesar Romero's Joker, Vincent Price's Egghead (one of the only two villains to learn Batman's true identity) and Burgess Meredith's Penguin - and wooing a few too, such as Julie Newmar's Catwoman.

Wayne was always on the receiving end of hilarious lines delivered by co-star Burt Ward, aka Robin.

"RIP Adam West. First person I saw who was amusing, badass & cool all at once." - actor Kumail Nanjiani? on Twitter. You have no idea how much I appreciate this. He took on frequent roles, often as a voice-over actor, playing himself or some version of the Batman character.

After the cancellation of the series, West found it hard to land other acting jobs, even though he was an established film and TV actor, because he had become so linked to the Batman role.

West remained friends with the actor who played Batman's trusty sidekick, Robin.

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Although he wasn't seen on TV much after his role as Batman, he later played the Mayor of Quahog in Family Guy, who's name was also Adam West.

"When you wear a mask and amusing tights.it gets a little frustrating from time to time", West said. You know, just as he's about to put her in (jail), Batman says to Catwoman, "You give me curious stirrings in my utility belt". Some years ago I made an agreement with Batman.

Born William West Anderson in Walla Walla, Wash., the chisel-jawed West moved to Hollywood in 1959 and got his feet wet with Western TV series like "Bonanza" and "Overland Trail".

Tributes are pouring in this morning for Adam West, the famous actor who managed to keep his tongue in cheek while wearing the iconic outfit of the Caped Crusader on the classic 1960s series Batman. I grew up watching Batman '66, although even then I knew that he was very different from the Batman in the comic books.

"I was nearly to the finish line for a lot of big, leading-man type roles that I really wanted, but I'd always come in second or third", the actor told California's Orange County Register newspaper in 1989.

Various supporting roles in movies and TV followed - including a part in the Three Stooges movie "The Outlaws Is Coming". Loved the show as a kid, still love the show now. POW! He leaves behind his wife Marcelle, his six children, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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