Sad news today in the world of TV superheroes as the original Batman star Adam West has passed away at 88! Primarily known for his role as the caped crusader, Batman in the iconic TV show which ran from 1966 – 1968.
West died peacefully surrounded by his family and is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He lost 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.
After Batman ended, West fell victim to typecasting and had a hard time finding roles. He struggled for years without a steady acting gig and then one day he was offered to voice the mayor of Quahog on the Fox comedy, Family Guy.
He had some forays into the sci-fi and horror genres with roles in Voodoo Island 1957, Robinson Crusoe on Mars 1964, Curse of the Moon Child 1972, One Dark Night 1982, Zombie Nightmare 1987, An American Vampire Story 1997, Tales From Beyond 2004.
For Television, he appeared on The Outer Limits 1964, Night Gallery 1971, Tales From The Crypt 1993, Goosebumps 1996, Black Scorpion 2001, and Monster Island 2004.
Although he could never escape his TV Batman persona, he was glad about that because he cherished his fans fo much and loved making them happy with appearances, signings, etc.
In our minds here at Horror Patch, Adam West will always be Batman to us, and for that, we love him for it. So it is with a heavy heart we say goodbye. You may be gone kind sir, but you will never be forgotten.
All of us here at Horror Patch wish to offer our sincerest condolences to Adam West’s family and friends as I am sure he is in the big Batcave in the sky!