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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Remembering Adam West 1928 - 2017

Actor Adam West, who died Friday at age 88, was best known for his role as Batman in the 1966-68 ABC series, Batman, and the 1966 feature film, Batman. He later provided the voice of Batman in three animated series - CBS's The New Adventures of Batman (1977), ABC's Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984-85) and ABC's The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985-86). Other television credits include the NBC series, The Detectives (1961-62), the NBC sitcom, The Last Precinct (1986), and the recurring role of Mayor Adam West on the Fox animated sitcom, Family Guy (2000-17).

West's other feature films include The Young Philadelphians (1959), Tammy and the Doctor (1963), Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964), The Outlaws Is Coming (1965), The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1969), The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker (1971), The Specialist (1975), Hooper (1978), The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980), One Dark Night (1983), Young Lady Chatterley II (1985), Zombie Nightmare (1986), The New Age (1994), Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) and Baadasssss! (2003). And he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Adam West's life and career.

He played Dr. Clayton Harris in two 1964 episodes of the CBS sitcom, Petticoat Junction.

He performed the Batusi (a go-go dance) in two 1966 episodes of Batman.

He was the host of ABC's The Hollywood Palace on October 8, 1966, with guests Ray Charles, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Joey Heatherton and George Carlin.

In 1983, he appeared on two episodes of Family Feud - Batman vs. Lost in Space and Gilligan's Island vs. Batman - with Yvonne Craig (Batgirl), Lee Meriwether (Catwoman), Vincent Price (Egghead) and Burt Ward (Robin).

On July 25, 1991, he made a walk-on cameo on Late Night with David Letterman. He was then a scheduled guest on the show on July 26, 1991, to promote his NBC pilot, Lookwell, which was co-written and produced by Conan O'Brien - but it was not picked up as a series.

He was a guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on July 24, 1997.


dmappin said...

I am finding it hard to fathom a world without Adam West. He was definitely one of my childhood favorites... from his performances on Robinson Crusoe on Mars, The Outer Limits and especially as the Caped Crusader, he was a huge part of the 1960s Deep Dish!

Thank you for your tribute, Marc.

Marc Harshbarger said...

You're welcome, Doug, glad you enjoyed my tribute to Mr. West.