Some of us are old enough to remember the original Batman series on television. Well its pervader, Adam West, just died.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — According to Hollywood Reporter, West died last night, June 9.
“He was a beloved father, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather. There are no words to describe how much we’ll miss him. We know you’ll miss him too and we want you to know how much your love and support meant to him throughout the years. Hug your loved ones today.”
Sources state that Adam West died while surrounded by his family. Accordingly, he’s “survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.”
“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.”
The millennial generation knew him as someone else…
Many people knew him from the hit 1966 television series, Batman. However, the show didn’t have the serious, “Dark Knight” tone it has today.
Rather, as Hollywood Reporter notes, “Batman was nominated for the Emmy Award for outstanding comedy series in its first year.”
— Mike Straw (@cyclonemike33) June 10, 2017
And although he struggled to find adequate work after the TV series ended — via modern television — his comedy antics got him cast on one of the most successful shows today, Family Guy.
West played the role of himself, “TV’s Adam West,” as mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island.
RIP Mayor West. Nobody messes with Adam We… pic.twitter.com/CWwOomOIdL
— Ed Butterfield (@EdButterfield1) June 10, 2017
In a 2012 interview with IGN, Adam West recalled when he was first brought on the show.
“I had done a pilot with Seth that he had written for me. It turned out we had the same kind of comic sensibilities and got along well. When Family Guy came around and Seth became brilliantly successful, he decided to call me and see what I was doing. He asked if I would like to come aboard as the mayor, and I thought it would be neat to do something sort of absurd and fun.”
Likewise, he was on the longest-running sitcom on TV, The Simpsons.
Moreover, West was the Dimmsdale Catman in the Nickelodeon series, The Fairly Oddparents.
Rest In Peace Adam West, aka TV's Adam West, aka Mayor West, aka Catman, aka Batman. You will be tremendously missed 🦇 pic.twitter.com/cnRksd5Xga
— MARCO P (@MARCOISOF) June 10, 2017
And, actually, there were more voiceovers attributed to Mr. West than many people realized.
This beautiful soul had a huge impact on my childhood. It's so sad that he had to leave so early. You will forever be my Mayor West. RIP. pic.twitter.com/2IUkuMKcHl
— El Pollo Uno 🐥 (@realL8H8) June 10, 2017
Who knew, right? It’s crazy that so many contributions go unrecognized until after a person’s gone.
So, as the family mentioned via Facebook, hug your loved ones today, and everyday. You never know when their time will come.
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