Adam West, TV’s original Batman, has died. He was 88.
West passed away after a short battle with leukemia, his family confirmed on Facebook.
West rose to fame in 1966 as the star of ABC’s Batman, which produced a total of 120 episodes over three seasons before it ended in 1968. Burt Ward, who played Robin, issued the following statement to our sister site Variety:
I am devastated at the loss of one my very dearest friends. Adam and I had a special friendship for more than 50 years. We shared some of the most fun times of our lives together. Our families have deep love and respect for each other. This is a terribly unexpected loss of my lifelong friend. I will forever miss him. There are several fine actors who have portrayed Batman in films. In my eyes, there was only one real Batman that is and always will be Adam West. He was truly the Bright Knight.
In later years, West found work as a voiceover actor. Since 2000, he has voiced a fictionalized version of himself on Family Guy, playing the mayor of Quahog. Creator Seth MacFarlane took to Twitter to grieve the loss of a “friend,” thanking the “irreplaceable” Mr. Mayor:
West’s extensive TV resume included select episodes of The Detectives, Perry Mason, Gunsmoke and Fantasy Island. He also guest-starred on a number of sitcoms, including Laverne and Shirley, Murphy Brown, NewsRadio, George Lopez and The King of Queens. Most recently, he appeared as himself on the 200th episode of The Big Bang Theory.
Earlier this year, West filmed a guest spot on NBC’s one-and-done Powerless, where he was set to portray Dean West, the chairman of Wayne Industries who visits Charm City to deliver bad news to Bruce Wayne’s cousin Van. The series was ultimately pulled from NBC’s schedule and his episode never aired.