Adam West, legendary for his portrayal of the first (and arguably only) live-action TV incarnation of Batman, has died at age 88.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, West died Friday night in Los Angeles following a short battle with leukemia, as confirmed by a family spokesperson. West died peacefully, surrounded by family, and is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A long-time actor with a career beginning in the mid 1950s, West guest starred in a dozen TV westerns before getting his first series role as Steve Nelson on 1961's The Detectives. His second series role cemented him in pop culture forever in the 1966 Batman TV series. Never able to escape the Batman image, West was able to capitalize on his iconic role in numerous guest appearances and voiceovers; appearing as Elder Hercules on Shazam!, Batman on at least six animated incarnations of the character, and eventually as a caricature of himself a number of times including his long-running 17 year stint on Family Guy.
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