Eighty-eight-year-old actor Adam West died Friday in Los Angeles after a battle with leukemia, a family spokesperson has revealed.
Best known for his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman on the 1960s television series “Batman,” West leaves behind an iconic legacy in film and television, one that led him from his own unique and beloved spin on the caped crusader to late-in-life success as a voice actor in television shows like “Family Guy.”
West is survived by his wife, six children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
“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 the family in a statement.
West enjoyed a long career, but he was always Batman in the hearts of a generation. “Same bat-time! Same bat-channel!” he would say in his distinctive voice each week, teasing the next adventure for children.
Though five actors have since donned the cape and cowl, West’s campy version of the comic book character remains a favorite with audiences. DC Comics even started a line of “Batman ‘66” comics that kept the storylines from the original series going.
West also reprised his version of the superhero when Warner Brothers made the 2016 animated movie “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.” The plan was to continue the animated films — and West was working on one before his death.
As Hollywood and fans mourn the loss of one of Hollywood’s most unique actors, here’s a look at five absurdly entertaining moments from West’s “Batman” television series.
The Batusi. One of West’s own favorite moments from the series was introducing the Batusi dance to audiences.
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“I had a chance to create the dance craze of the country — the Batusi. When Jill St. John fell into the atomic pile and was cremated and Batman had a little tear and she was a go-go dancer and Batman said, ‘What a way to go-go,’ it worked,” said West to blastr of the episode that introduced Frank Gorshin’s Riddler. He counted it as his favorite installment of the show.
The wacky dance perfectly captured the absurd but weirdly entertaining tone of the series.
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