By AI Creative Media
Adam West, iconic actor who starred in the popular “Batman” TV show in the 1960s, died Friday night Jun 9 in Los Angeles. He was 88. According to Variety, the actor “died after a short battle with leukemia.”
“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,” his family said in a statement.
Although West’s career spanned seven decades, it was the Batman role that made him a household name, a role that is both a blessing and a curse as he fell victim to being typecast long after the show ended. The campy superhero show ran from 1966 to 1968 on BC, while a feature-length film version was released in 1966.
He would later often reprise his Batman or Bruce Wayne role in various animated tv shows such as The New Adventures of Batman, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians and for the tv special Legends of the Superheroes.
In 2012, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located in front of the Guinness Museum in Hollywood, California.
West is survived by his wife of 46 years Marcelle Lear. They had four children together, two from previous marriage to Ngahra Frisbie.
His family released the following statement: Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He will be missed.