Batman star Adam West dies, age 88

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

"He was and always will be our hero", his family said in a statement.

It's fair to say Batman has worn a number of masks since the character launched almost eight decades ago; it's also fair to say that few - if any - have proved as lasting as West's portrayal.

The tributes have been flowing steadily since news of his passing, a testament to the actor's lofty place in Pop culture. We know you'll miss him too and we want you to know how much your love and support meant to him throughout the years.

Ward said while several fine actors have portrayed Batman in Hollywood movies, "in my eyes, there was only one real Batman that is and always will be Adam West".

Wests' first TV role in Hawaii was in a children's show called El Kini Popo Show. Our families have deep love and respect for each other.

While there have certainly been plenty of heartfelt tributes that have poured in since the announcement that the actor had died, the one from Burt Ward is perhaps the most heartbreaking. Given that you can not have Adam West the Mayor without Adam West the person, the character should be retired.

The US defence department tweeted a picture of West in his uniform with the message: "He was our hero long before the cape". The show - and its 1966 film adaptation - managed a distinctive "tonal jiu jitsu: high silliness executed with grave seriousness", NPR's Glen Weldon wrote a year ago.

For the next 50 years, West appeared as Batman or as himself in countless TV shows, including "The Simpsons" and "The Big Bang Theory", as nostalgia merged into a retro-nerd-hipster sort of cool.

"He was bright, witty and fun to work with", Julie Newmar, who played Catwoman to West's Batman, said in a statement today. Mark Hamill, who famously gave voice to The Joker in the 1990s animated series, said he felt lucky to have worked with West. He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 5, 2012. "Family Guy has lost its mayor, and I have lost a friend", MacFarlane wrote on Twitter.

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