Adam West, widely known for his role as Batman in the 1960s ABC series whose career spanned seven decades, died on 9th, June 2017 Friday night in Los Angeles after a short battle with leukemia, he was 88. West died peacefully surrounded by his family and is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Adam West was born on 19, September 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington, His father was a farmer and mother was an opera singer and a concert pianist, who gave up her Hollywood dreams to take care of the family. After his parent’s divorced Adam moved to Seattle with his mother. He was drafted into the United States Army, where he served as an announcer on American Forces Network television, he then served as a milkman after his discharge from the Army, before he moved to Hawaii to accomplish his television career.
We take you on a journey of this very first famous Batman’s life, who was a household name and a hero in the 60s.
1. First Film
In1959, Adam West appeared in the film The Young Philadelphians which starred Paul Newman
2. Adam West had guest-star roles in a number of television Westerns.
3. Casting as Batman
Producer William Dozier cast Adam West as Bruce Wayne, The Batman after he spotted him doing a James Bond-like spy Captain Q in a Nestlé Quik commercial. He was in competition with Lyle Waggoner for the Batman role
4. Batman no.3
In 1943 Lewis G Wilson Wilson was the first and youngest actor ever to play the adult Batman, then in 1949, Robert Lowrey Lowery took over the role in the follow-up serial, “Batman And Robin”. Adam West was the man logging the most hours in the Batcave from 1966-1968.
5. Batman “A Hit”
The show became an almost instant success, urging viewers to tune in for the next episode at the “Same Bat-time.”
After Batman, Adam West tried to go against type in the 1969 hard-boiled thriller The Girl Who Knew Too Much.