Adam West, the titular star of TV’s “Batman” from 1966-1968, has died after battling leukemia. He was 88.
The news of his passing was confirmed on his official Twitter account: “Our beloved AW passed away last night. He was the greatest. We’ll miss him like crazy. We know you’ll miss him too – West Family.”
His fans called him “The Bright Knight” because of his fun, campy take on a character later actors would play as the morose, battered Dark Knight.
Recently, West provided the voice to Quahog’s mayor on 111 episodes of Seth MacFarlane’s animated Fox series “Family Guy.” Last year, West appeared as himself on broadcast television’s No. 1 show, “The Big Bang Theory.”
West was born William West Anderson in Walla Walla, Washington in 1928. After a stint as an announcer for the Army, he moved to Hawaii, where he landed a sidekick role on children’s show “El Kini Popo Show,” which featured a chimp. West later took over as star of the show.
The actor wrote his memoir “Back to the Batcave” in 1994.
West is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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