- Title: Adam West, TV's campy Batman in 1960s series, dies at age 88
- Date: 10th June 2017
- Summary: **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR ADAM WEST, SAYING: "Yes it was a lot of fun because we made it fun. It was a satire, it was a put-on, it was tongue-in-cheek and we had great people with us with wonderful humor and so we made it fun but believe me, 18 hours a day in a funny costume which itches, that's not fun." LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FILE - APRIL 05, 2012) (REUTERS) ADAM WEST STAR BEING UNVEILED VARIOUS OF ADAM WEST POSING WITH STAR (SOUNDBITE) (English) ADAM WEST SAYING: "Elegantly appropriate that my star will be in front of the Guinness Book of World Records. One record that I have inside, probably noted, is the fact that I've played Batman more than any other actor alive, at least 170 times. I've been out there fighting crime wherever I find it. The other record, that may be in the book, I'm not sure, but I think I have the record as the actor who has waited the longest to get his star on the sidewalk."
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- Location: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- City: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Celebrities,Arts / Culture / Entertainment
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- Story Text: Adam West, who earned a place in American pop culture history with his campy portrayal of the title character in the classic 1960s TV series "Batman," has died at age 88, his family said on Saturday (June 10).
West, who was so closely identified with Batman for the rest of his life that it was both a blessing and a curse for him, died on Friday evening after a short struggle with leukemia, his representative told Variety.
"He was the greatest. We'll miss him like crazy," his family said on the actor's Twitter page.
The live-action "Batman" show, starring West along with Burt Ward as his sidekick Robin and a collection of colorful villains, was inspired by a long-running comic book series. It ran only three seasons from 1966 to 1968 on the ABC network, but became a television phenomenon and cult classic. It also spawned a "Batman" feature film in 1966.
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