Adam West, the man who portrayed Bruce Wayne and his caped alter ego throughout the 1960's, has died at the age of 88. West, who was at the pinnacle of pop culture after Batman debuted in January of 1966, passed away at his home Friday night following a short battle with leukemia.
Aside from portraying the Caped Crusader, West enjoyed a long-standing career within the DC Universe. He lent his voice to roles on Batman: The Animated Series, The Batman, Batman: The Brave And The Bold and even reprised his role as The Dark Knight in last year's animated feature film, Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders.
West would also enjoy roles on The New Adventures of Batman, Legends of the Superheroes, SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, Fairly Odd Parents, Family Guy and The Simpsons. On the big screen, West appeared in such projects as Robinson Crusoe on Mars and The Young Philadelphians.
Born in Seattle on September 19th, 1928, Adam West was the second of two sons. His father, Otto, was a wheat farmer; his mother, Audrey, was a pianist and opera singer.
West attended an all-boys high school, then graduated with a major in English literature from Whitman College. During his senior year, he worked for a local radio station, doing everything from Sunday morning religion shows to the news.
"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.
West is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Infinite Earths wishes to send our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. West. May fond memories of TV's Bright Knight comfort you during this time.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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