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#1223621 - Sat Jun 10 2017 12:32 PM RIP Adam West
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Adam West, television's Batman, dies at 88

  • Adam West, who became famous for his poker-faced portrayal of Batman in the campy 1960s TV series, has died after a battle with leukemia, The Hollywood Reporter reports. He was 88.


    West, possessed of a deep, rumbling voice and a finely chiseled face, was a perfect choice to portray the Caped Crusader in the 1966-68 TV series. (A feature film version of the show was released in 1966 as well.) He was equally comfortable as Batman’s alter ego in the series, the ascot-wearing, slightly smug millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne.

    Before his Batman fame, West had a limited feature-film career and appeared primarily in episodic television roles, on such shows as The Outer Limits and Overland Trail. He was thus something of a fresh face behind the cowl of Batman. The series, conceived by producer William Dozier, was intended to be a swinging-’60s version of super-heroism, a winking parody in contrast to the stalwart straightforwardness of the George Reeves-Superman series. West and his costar Burt Ward, who played Robin, went along with the jokes, rarely cracking smiles, which increased the effectiveness of the show’s put-on quality.


    After Batman left the air, West turned down the role of James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever, saying he thought the role should go to a British actor. As his attempts to elude Bat-typecasting diminished, West continued to appear as Batman in public appearances and wrote a 1994 autobiography titled Back to the Batcave. He also provided the voice of Batman in numerous cartoons.

    In 1991, West starred in the TV pilot Lookwell, a highly regarded script by Conan O’Brien and Robert Smigel that was never picked up by a network, but which enabled West to star as a fantasy version of himself — a former TV action star who tries to solve crimes in real life. Indeed, West became an expert in playing variations on himself, in cartoons ranging from Family Guy (as “Mayor Adam West”) to The Fairly OddParents (as Catman).


Goodbye, Batman. \:\(

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#1223624 - Sat Jun 10 2017 02:28 PM Re: RIP Adam West [Re: the G-man]
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Man, that one hurts. And I didn't see it coming. Although he's probably been quietly battling Leukemia for several years, undisclosed to the public.


I attended the opening of a nightclub Adam West co-owned here in Ft Lauderdale, The Cartoon Saloon, in 1996, which was open about 3 years (a cartoon-themed night club, I recall much of the place decorated with a wallpaper/mural background of the desert you see in Road Runner cartoons. West co-owned the place with Julie Newmar and Lou Ferrigno)
My impression was he remained bitter about being typecast and being denied more serious roles, and he spent most of those three decades doing signings at car-shows, before his career finally re-ignited about 20 years ago.


One of my favorites with him is a 1988 oddball teenage comedy that was one of the few acting jobs he did in that period, titled Doin' Time On Planet Earth. About a nerdy widely disliked kid who doesn't belong, who fills out an online questionnaire on his computer, and the source of the questionnaire, two leaders of this cult of UFO enthusiasts (led by Adam West's character) are convinced he is their leader who will lead them all to leave earth and return to their home planet.

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#1223625 - Sat Jun 10 2017 02:30 PM Re: RIP Adam West [Re: Wonder Boy]
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As I recall, Dick Giordano also died of Leukemia.

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#1223626 - Sat Jun 10 2017 02:31 PM Re: RIP Adam West [Re: Wonder Boy]
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I got his autograph at a comic book convention about 15-20 years ago. If he was still bitter then he didn't show it. It came up that I was an attorney and he mentioned that he was very proud of the fact that grown men were always telling him they became police officers or lawyers because Batman inspired them to battle for justice and fight crime.

And, yeah, this one stings.

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#1223627 - Sun Jun 11 2017 12:19 AM Re: RIP Adam West [Re: the G-man]
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Good. Glad he's dead. Hated that guy. \:\(

An apple a day keeps the ****** doctor away.
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“Do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!”
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I can tell by the position of the sun in the sky, that is time for us to go. Until next time, I am Lothar of the Hill People!

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#1223628 - Sun Jun 11 2017 10:27 AM Re: RIP Adam West [Re: Lothar of The Hill People]
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Sad news. I enjoyed his series as a kid and even caught it here and there as an adult when it airs.

Fair play!

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#1223629 - Sun Jun 11 2017 11:34 AM Re: RIP Adam West [Re: Matter-eater Man]
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I suspect for a lot guys our age Adam West's Batman was the "gateway drug" into comics.

Back when the series originally aired, my mom liked it (yeah, I've said it before: my mom was/is cool). So I'd end up watching it with her.

Then, when we'd be in the local grocery store, I'd see Batman comics in the spinner rack and ask her to get me one. Being they were only twelve cents (or, as she said, "cheaper than a little golden book") she would buy and read it to me as a bedtime story.

As a result, I was a Batman fan from, basically, the age of two. I had the cheap Halloween costume, the Captain Action figure, the corgi Batmobile. It was always Batman.

I love the TDKR. I love O'Neil/Adams. I love Englehart/Rogers. I love TKJ. I love the first two Nolan movies.

But to me, as campy as he was, Adam West will always be the real Batman.

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#1223631 - Mon Jun 12 2017 10:06 AM Re: RIP Adam West [Re: the G-man]
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 Originally Posted By: the G-man
I got his autograph at a comic book convention about 15-20 years ago. If he was still bitter then he didn't show it. It came up that I was an attorney and he mentioned that he was very proud of the fact that grown men were always telling him they became police officers or lawyers because Batman inspired them to battle for justice and fight crime.



Beyond everything else Adam West did, that alone would be a great legacy.


I discovered O'Neil/Adams and O'Neil/Novick before I saw Adam West and Burt Ward in the TV series. But I love both.

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#1223683 - Wed Jun 28 2017 02:51 AM Re: RIP Adam West [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Aw, man!


http://www.rkmbs.com/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/773881/fpart/88#Post1223471

I completely forgot I posted this in the comic images topic. Jay Leno in the movie batmobile, vs. Adam West in the series batmobile!

How fun is that! And apparently Adam West was still in good health a year ago when the photo was taken.

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#1223793 - Tue Jul 18 2017 01:41 PM Re: RIP Adam West [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Family Guy Pays Tribute to Adam West
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