The Scottish Mail on Sunday

Tributes af­ter Bat­man star Adam West dies aged 88

- From Caro­line Gra­ham

ADAM WEST, the ac­tor who played the orig­i­nal Bat­man in the clas­sic 1960s TV se­ries, died yes­ter­day at the age of 88.

The star, fa­mous for his tongue-in-cheek por­trayal of the Caped Cru­sader and his al­ter ego Bruce Wayne, died at home in Los Angeles af­ter a short bat­tle with leukaemia. Mar­celle, his wife of 47 years, was by his side.

In a state­ment, the fam­ily said: ‘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.’ Tributes poured in from fans in­clud­ing ac­tress Jamie Lee Cur­tis, who wrote: ‘Holy heart­break Bat­man. Adam West was a big part of my child­hood.’

West, a for­mer milk­man, landed the role of Bat­man in 1966 af­ter pro­duc­ers saw him in a milk com­mer­cial. He said he played the char­ac­ter ‘for campy fun’ be­cause it was im­pos­si­ble to play it straight. He be­came known for be­ing on the re­ceiv­ing end of quirky lines de­liv­ered by co-star Burt Ward, who played Robin, in­clud­ing West’s favourite: ‘Holy gua­camole, Bat­man!’

West strug­gled to find work af­ter Bat­man was can­celled af­ter just three sea­sons in 1968. He was of­fered the role of James Bond in Di­a­monds Are For­ever but turned it down, say­ing he felt 007 should be played by a Brit.

In re­cent years he voiced the char­ac­ter of Adam West, mayor of Qua­hog, in Fam­ily Guy.

 ??  ?? HERO: West as Bat­man, left, and Wayne
HERO: West as Bat­man, left, and Wayne
 ??  ??

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK