The icon Adam West has passed away at 88 after a short battle with Leukemia. Known for playing the now famous superhero Batman, West was responsible for bringing the Caped Crusader to the public eye starring in the wildly popular television show based on the character. Running for 3 seasons, the show was a decidedly more campy take on the world that has since become far darker but it is in tits unique approach that the show would go on to become a cult classic that saw with it, an associated feature film and years later, a specialty run of comics (entitled Batman 66′) that was based on the series (a direct offshoot of the main line Batman comics).

“How many actors have a shot at being a part of something that became a part of pop culture? It’s been very rewarding. I’m not getting the 20 million bucks for the new movies, but at least I’m getting warmth and recognition from people wherever I go.”

With its flamboyant style and classic “Pow”, “Bang” title cards, West would go on to embrace the role as a fan favorite frequently appearing at conventions and signings to meet fans years after the show’s initial run. This relevance would also see him make cameo appearances on shows like The Simpsons as himself and just last year on TV’s Big Bang Theory to celebrate the 200th episode of the show as well as the 50th anniversary of the Batman television series.

Outside of the cape and cowl, West would go on to play the memorable Mayor West for the long-running Seth Macfarlane series Family Guy. West played the deranged mayor of Quahog whose delusional musings and erratic behavior made him a stand out among the many supporting characters on the show.

In fitting fashion, West’s last role will be in the upcoming animated follow-up to last year’s Return of the Caped Crusader that will see West don his famous ensemble as Batman one last time. A fitting finale for a pop culture icon that delighted children and adults alike for over 50 years.

Relive Batman 66 And West's Iconic Role

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