Stars pay trib­ute to Adam West

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ADAM West had an im­pres­sive 62-year-long ca­reer be­fore his ul­ti­mate death at age 88 on Fri­day, but he will for­ever be known as TV’s Bat­man.

The ac­tor was the third it­er­a­tion of live ac­tion Bat­men back in 1966, and now one of his most fa­mous Caped Cru­sader suc­ces­sors is speak­ing out about his pass­ing.

Ben Af­fleck joined in on the cho­rus of Hol­ly­wood voices re­mem­ber­ing West on so­cial me­dia on Satur­day. The Bat­man V. Su­per­man: Dawn Of Jus­tice hero re­ferred to his Bright Knight pre­de­ces­sor as the ex­em­pli­fi­ca­tion of hero­ism on Twit­ter: “Kind, funny, and an all around great guy. Thank you for show­ing us all how it’s done.”

Fam­ily Guy cre­ator Seth MacFar­lane has branded the star – who played the fic­tional Mayor Adam West in the an­i­mated com­edy show – as “ir­re­place­able”.

He said in a note posted on Twit­ter which had no cap­tion: “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 the best kind of en­ergy when he walked in to record the show. He knew com­edy, and he knew hu­man­ity.

“I am be­yond for­tu­nate to have had the priv­i­lege of work­ing with him, and he will be pro­foundly missed by all of us. Thank you from the bot­tom of my heart for all that you have given, Mr. Mayor. You’re ir­re­place­able.”

Burt Ward, who played Robin to West’s Bat­man on the se­ries said he was dev­as­tated by the pass­ing of his friend and co-star. The two last saw each other about two weeks ago when they trav­elled to the East Coast of the United States to­gether for an au­to­graph show.

“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 that is and al­ways will be Adam West. He was truly the Bright Night,” Ward said in a state­ment.

Julie New­mar, who co-starred with West and Ward as Cat­woman on Bat­man said: “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 savour him al­ways in the world of imag­i­na­tion and cre­ativ­ity.”

— Reuters

In this 1999 file photo, West posed atop the orig­i­nal Bat­mo­bile used in the hit se­ries Bat­man.

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