Adam West, the actor best known for his portrayal of Bruce Wayne and his alter ego — the title character in the 1960s ABC series Batman — died Friday night in Los Angeles at the age of 88, after a brief struggle 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,” said a statement released by his family.
His acting career began in films in 1959. He played opposite Chuck Connors in Geronimo, The Three Stooges in The Outlaws Is Coming and Paul Mantee in the science-fiction film Robinson Crusoe on Mars.
For a time, West made a living doing personal appearances as Batman because he was unable to find other work after being typecast by his television role.
West became known to a new generation of TV fans through his recurring voice role on The Fairly OddParents, The Simpsons and Family Guy (playing fictional versions of himself in all three) along with such shows as Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken, Disney Channel’s Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.
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