Adam West, star of 'Batman' TV series, dead at 88

Newmar described West as "adorable" and "very present", as well as a master of finding "the humor" in the character of Batman.

West's publicist, Molly Schoneveld, said he died in Los Angeles surrounded by family, adding that his death came after a "short but brave" battle with leukemia.

"He was a beloved father, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather", said his family in a statement. I will forever miss him. "We met once in 1987 and I was too embarrassed and too foolishly "cool" to tell you what you meant to my childhood". "Hug your loved ones today".

We all remember our first Batman - and for many, that was Adam West, the original TV Batman and pop culture icon.

"This is a terribly unexpected loss of my lifelong friend, I will forever miss him", the statement continued.

There will only ever be "one real Batman" in Burt Ward's eyes. "He was truly the Bright Night". The show filmed 120 episodes and aired on ABC for 3 seasons, from January 12, 1966 to March 14, 1968, two months after the first season of the television series concluded. He wasn't a fake Batman or an over costumed Batman.

Adam West a year ago.

He received the 2,468th star on the Walk of Fame in a 2012 ceremony. In fact, the actor said that his and Adam West's families have developed mutual respect and love for each other over the course of their long friendship. Garman was the entertainment reporter on KROQ-FM's "Kevin and Bean" show.

"There was a time when Batman really kept me from getting some pretty good roles, and I was asked to do what I figured were important features". West was self-aware, but his Batman wasn't, which made his Batman someone who could simultaneously awe children and make adults laugh. He was eventually cast in the Warner Bros.

Following the series, West found various supporting roles in television and film throughout the years. His recent live action credits include "30 Rock" and "George Lopez".

It was a fun, lighthearted take on the Batman franchise which has become bigger, darker, and more villainous and disturbing since the series appeared on the small screen in the 60s.

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