Stars pay tribute to Adam West
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.”
In this 1999 file photo, West posed atop the original Batmobile used in the hit series Batman.