Adam West, TV's Batman, dies at 88
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Adam West, the American actor who gained renown for his portrayal of Batman in the 1960s hit TV series, died at the age of 88.
West died in Los Angeles after battling leukemia, the BBC reported.
West was closely identified with Batman despite later renditions by other actors.
Putting on a goofy, tongue-in-cheek portrayal, Batman and his sidekick Robin staged fistfights and battled for justice.
“You can’t play Batman in a serious, square-jawed, straight-ahead way without giving the audience the sense that there’s something behind that mask waiting to get out, that he’s a little crazed, he’s strange,” Mr. West said to the Washington Post.
The masked hero acted for three seasons in the half-hour adventure comedy, which ran from 1966 to 1968.
Following Batman, West performed in other film and television roles. But his Batman role continued to loom large.
For the next half-century, West continued to make appearances as Batman in other TV shows, including on "The Simpsons" and "The Big Bang Theory."
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