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Adam West, best known for playing the Caped Crusader on the classic 1960s series Batman, has died. He was 88.
West passed away Friday night after a short battle with leukemia, a family representative told The Hollywood Reporter.
“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,” West’s family said in a statement. They also shared through West’s official Twitter account: “He was the greatest. We’ll miss him like crazy. We know you’ll miss him too.”
After his run as Batman, the actor landed a voice role as the mayor of Quahog on Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy and returned to voice his superhero character on series such as The New Adventures of Batman, Legends of the Superheroes and The Simpsons. West is also known for starring in the films The Young Philadelphians (1959) and Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964).
West’s Batman co-star Julie Newmar, Ben Affleck, Mark Hamill, Conan O’Brien, James Gunn, Family Guy creator MacFarlane and writer David Goodman were among those who paid tribute to West on Saturday after the news broke.
Newmar said in a statement: “Stellar, exemplar, a king to the end. He was bright, witty and fun to work with. I will miss him in the physical world and savor him always in the world of imagination and creativity. He meant so much to people – A friend said: ‘The father that we wanted.’ That is a great gift, no matter how you live it.”
Burt Ward, who played Robin to West’s Batman, remembered his co-star in a statement to THR: “I am devastated at the loss of one of my very dearest friends. Adam and I had a special friendship for more than 50 years. We shared some of the most fun times of our lives together; our families have deep love and respect for each other. This is a terribly unexpected loss of my lifelong friend, I will forever miss him. There are several fine actors who have portrayed Batman in films, in my eyes there was only one real Batman and that is and always will be Adam West; He was truly the Bright Knight.”
MacFarlane also tweeted a lengthy statement, writing, “Family Guy has lost its mayor, and I have lost a friend. Adam West was a joy to work with, and the kind of guy you always wanted to be around. His positivity, good nature, and sense of fun were undeniable, and it was always a big jolt of energy when he walked in to record the show. He knew comedy, and he knew humanity.”
Affleck shared, “Adam West exemplified heroism. Kind, funny and an all around great guy. Thank you for showing us all how it’s done.”
See more reactions below.
Our beloved AW passed away last night. He was the greatest. We’ll miss him like crazy. We know you’ll miss him too – West Family pic.twitter.com/8bkEq1C2ao
— Adam West (@therealadamwest) June 10, 2017
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) June 10, 2017
Adam West exemplified heroism. Kind, funny and an all around great guy. Thank you for showing us all how it’s done. @therealadamwest
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) June 10, 2017
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) June 10, 2017
God Bless Adam West pic.twitter.com/9OK7kHNZHS
— Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien) June 10, 2017
RIP Adam West. First person I saw who was funny, badass & cool all at once.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) June 10, 2017
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 10, 2017
Farewell, Adam West.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) June 10, 2017
RIP Adam West. Great, sweet, nutty guy. And it’s saying something that we look the same age in this photo. pic.twitter.com/9TNNm3cy5c
— David Goodman (@DavidAGoodman) June 10, 2017
RIP Adam West. You’ll always be Batman to me.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 10, 2017
RIP Adam West. You will always be Batman
— Will Arnett™ (@arnettwill) June 10, 2017
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) June 10, 2017
— StephenGlickman (@StephenGlickman) June 10, 2017
Farewell Adam West. You were MY Batman. Such a super funny, cool, charismatic actor. Loved the show as a kid, still love the show now. POW! pic.twitter.com/6QAZnOhtMs
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) June 10, 2017
Gotham City has lost a legend. Adam West was every bit as gracious and loving in person as you’d expect. @therealadamwest
— Robin Lord Taylor (@robinlordtaylor) June 10, 2017
Holy heartbreak Batman. Adam West was a big part of my childhood. We were acquaintances in my adulthood. A wonderful man who will b missed.
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) June 10, 2017
Sad to hear of Adam West’s passing. A legend as Batman but also, Ty Lookwell https://t.co/BtEBu6uH49
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) June 10, 2017
Rest in Peace Adam West. We met once in 1987 and I was too embarrassed and too foolishly “cool” to tell you what you meant to my childhood.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) June 10, 2017
So long, old chum. pic.twitter.com/dchXeF0aVG
— Bill Prady (@billprady) June 10, 2017
Mr. West, thank you for all those afternoons you helped me and other 70’s kids dream about the fun of being a hero. RIP, good sir.
— Greg Berlanti (@GBerlanti) June 10, 2017
So sad that Adam West has passed. A kind and gentle man. Always a hoot to work with.
Once more, to the Batcave!
— Ryan Stiles (@WhoseRyanStiles) June 10, 2017
— Ben Sherwood (@bensherwood) June 10, 2017
Ah dear Adam West. He was always so kind when we met. A real gent. Once when I was a kid we found ourselves in front the batmobile. I got in
— Val Kilmer (@valkilmer) June 10, 2017
Adam West kept Batman alive and thrilled my generation. It’s a sad day.
— Frank Miller (@FrankMillerInk) June 10, 2017
A great performance (and weirdly perfect casting) as Peter Weller’s dad in michael Tolkin’s underrated “The New Age”. RIP Adam West indeed pic.twitter.com/VneSOtHh7r
— Joss Whedon (@joss) June 10, 2017
A love letter to Adam West, Frank Gorshin & my childhood. (I bought the page from Bernie Mirault. Years later I gave it to my oldest son) pic.twitter.com/4SElullg3u
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) June 10, 2017
RIP Adam West. My son’s first hero (not counting Beyoncé). Thanks for the bravery, integrity, and laughs. pic.twitter.com/2ujLhcfRyY
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 10, 2017
When I was a kid POW BLAM Adam West was Batman! With his pal Robin and his tongue planted firmly in his cheek he brought me so much joy. ;^}
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 11, 2017
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