The U.S actor Adam West, the star of the 1960s hit TV series Batman, has died aged 88. West died peacefully in Los Angeles after a brief battle with leukaemia, his family said in a statement.
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 pic.twitter.com/8bkEq1C2ao
— Adam West (@therealadamwest) June 10, 2017
His tongue-in-cheek portrayal of Batman and the superhero’s alter ego Bruce Wayne won a cult following. However, West later struggled to find acting work. He most recently played a character in the animated comedy Family Guy.
In a signature role, West played Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, the crime-fighting, costumed Batman, a popular comics character who came to life on the ABC-TV series. The show, with a catchy — some might say aggravating — theme song, earned a cult following.
Burgess Meredith, from left, as the Penguin, Cesar Romero as the Joker and Adam West on “Batman.”
The series lasted three seasons and enjoyed a long afterlife in syndication.
West later supplied the voice of Mayor Adam West, the oddball leader of Quahog, Rhode Island, on the animated series “Family Guy.”