Adam West, TV’s ‘Batman,’ dies at 88 after battle with leukemia, family says

Actor Adam West, famous for his straight-faced portrayal of the Caped Crusader in the 1960s “Batman” TV series, has died at 88, his family said Saturday on social media.

  • Who among us of a certain age didn’t grow up watching Batman? Seemed to run forever on Saturdays and after school.

    • Clink9

      I’m old enough to have watched it in the first run and waiting for next weeks show at the “Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel!”.

      Loved that goofy show.

      • David Murrell

        I appreciated the satire, rare with corporate Hollywood productions. One of the best long running themes was the satire against the New York City liberal justice system. The show skewered the idea of the justice system having to “rehabilitate” the hardened super-villains, and this lond-running theme went on show after show.

    • Gary

      I remember the promo Ads on TV for the US stations in Buffalo ( 2 4 7 ) that we picked up when there were just 2 local Channels ( CBC CTV ) in Toronto plus CHCH Hamilton (11) and maybe CHEX Peterborough on a good day in a high Apartment unit.
      This was back in 1966 B.C. ( Before cable) .

    • xavier

      I did. And he was a Disney character in a recent TV series.

      From all accounts an honourable man. Never heard of any scandals from him

  • gaylord ponce

    It always bothered me that he had a young boy living with him and they both dressed up in campy costumes. Ya think he mighta been a fag?

    • Clink9

      Holy Peter Puffer Batman!!!

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    • andycanuck

      Don’t worry, Bruce and his young ward could be pretty hard on the Beaver.

      Actually, that doesn’t clear it up much. Hmm.

      Never mind.

    • LairdKintyre

      Actually the network execs thought of this too at the time. Which is why they added the elderly female character whom both Robin and Batman referred to as “”aunt””, to make them a little more family like and acceptable for the audience of the time.

  • eMan14

    Growing up, we either wanted to be Batman or Superman. No one wanted to be Robin.
    It was campy, but it was fun.

    • He was a good sport about being on “Family Guy”.

    • I thought everyone wanted to be Aquaman.

      • eMan14

        Not that I recall. But one of the key costume props was to tie a towel or pillow case around the neck to represent a cape. Aquaman didn’t have a cape.

  • andycanuck

    That’s too bad. I watched his show as a child after school. I’ve never seen any of the movies with their phoney Batmans!

    • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

      The Dark Knight was bloody awesome, especially on IMAX.
      Heath Ledger and Bale did great jobs.

  • Hard Little Machine

    His career crashed so hard after Batman he did porn

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Yes, he appeared in “The Happy Hooker Goes to Hollywood.”

    • eMan14

      He did a sci-fi movie called Robinson Crusoe on Mars. Which I liked. Not sure how I’d feel about it seeing it today.

  • Eek. I watched a few episodes of that a while ago. Holy Crapfest, Batman. Other than Eartha Kitt.

    If you have some time to waste you might enjoy this:

  • LairdKintyre

    I watched the reruns of every episode when I was a kid in the 1970s and the early 80s. I thought it was kind of hoaky even back then but fun and cool at the time. Sad to see another maker of memories from my childhood go. God rest.

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