Adam West, Dead at 88 After Battle with Leukemia

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2014 Phoenix Comicon at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Generations of fans awoke to sad to news today after learning the passing of Adam West, most notably known as Batman. Born William West Anderson the American actor’s career spanned seven decades. His acting career began in films in 1959.

West died peacefully in his home late Friday night after a short battle with leukemia. He was surrounded by his family and is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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“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,” his family said in a statement.

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West as Batman

Adam West was 88 years old.

West managed to hold on to his career despite being severely typecast after his role as the Caped Crusader. Often, he would be found playing himself due to the fact fans often viewed he himself as enough a character on his own. Using his iconic voice and deadpan style of comedy, West was able to maintain quite an illustrious career. His final appearance in film work was only last year, as the voice of Batman.

Below is a list of the many Adam West films:

  • 1957: Voodoo Island
  • 1958: Ghost of the China Sea
  • 1959: The Young Philadelphians
  • 1959: The FBI Story
  • 1962: Geronimo
  • 1963: Tammy and the Doctor
  • 1964: Soldier in the Rain
  • 1964: Robinson Crusoe on Mars
  • 1965: The Outlaws Is Coming
  • 1965: Mara of the Wilderness
  • 1965: The Relentless Four
  • 1966: Batman
  • 1969: The Girl Who Knew Too Much
  • 1971: The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker
  • 1972: Curse of the Moon Child
  • 1974: Hell River
  • 1975: The Specialist
  • 1978: Hooper
  • 1980: The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood
  • 1983: One Dark Night
  • 1984: Hell Riders
  • 1985: Young Lady Chatterley II
  • 1986: Zombie Nightmare
  • 1988: Night of the Kickfighters
  • 1988: Doin’ Time on Planet Earth
  • 1988: Yellow Pages
  • 1989: Return Fire
  • 1989: Mad About You
  • 1990: Omega Cop
  • 1991: Maxim Xul
  • 1994: The Best Movie Ever Made
  • 1994: The New Age
  • 1994: Not This Part of the World
  • 1995: Run for Cover
  • 1995: Race For Your Life: An Interactive Movie
  • 1995: The Clinic
  • 1995: Ride for Your Life (short)
  • 1996: The Size of Watermelons
  • 1996: Joyride
  • 1997: American Vampire
  • 1997: Redux Riding Hood (short) (voice)
  • 1999: Drop Dead Gorgeous
  • 2001: Séance
  • 2001: Nuclear Rescue 911
  • 2002: From Heaven to Hell
  • 2003: BAADASSSSS!
  • 2004: Tales from Beyond
  • 2004: Monster Island
  • 2005: Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (direct-to-DVD; voice)
  • 2007: Blue Harvest (as Grand Moff Tarkin)
  • 2005: Aloha, Scooby-Doo! (direct-to-DVD; voice)
  • 2005: Buckaroo: The Movie
  • 2005: Chicken Little (voice)
  • 2005: Angels with Angles
  • 2005: Batman: New Times (short) (voice)
  • 2006: Sexina: Popstar P.I.
  • 2007: Meet the Robinsons (voice)
  • 2007: Ratko: The Dictator’s Son
  • 2009: Super Capers: The Origins of Ed and the Missing Bullion
  • 2016: Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (direct-to-DVD; voice)
Jeff B. White
Jeff White is a News Editor and contributor for The Pacific Tribune. Jeff is a gay man who was born and raised in Mississippi; he has lived all over the country, but will always consider the South to be his home. Mr. White's passion for the truth and empathy for those less fortunate are driving forces in all that he does.