Adam West

Adam West

American, Actor
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Adam West

William West Anderson (September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017), known professionally as Adam West, was an American actor. He is best remembered for portraying Batman in the 1960s ABC series of the same name, and its 1966 theatrical feature film, reprising the role in other films and television shows until his retirement from live-action appearances (except for voice acting). West began acting in films in the 1950s. He played opposite Chuck Connors in Geronimo (1962) and The Three Stooges in The Outlaws Is Coming (1965). He also appeared in the science fiction film Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964) and performed voice work on The Fairly OddParents (2003–2017), The Simpsons (1992, 2002), and Family Guy (2000–2018), playing fictional versions of himself in all three.

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Full name at birth
William West Anderson
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Claim to fame
TV`s Batman
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Date of birth
19 September 1928
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Place of birth
Walla Walla, Washington, USA
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Date of death
9 June 2017
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Age
88 (age at death)
Place of death
Los Angeles, California, USA
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Cause of death
Leukemia
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Resting place
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
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Occupation
Actor, voice actor, Director
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6' 2" (188 cm)
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Residence
  • Walla Walla, Washington, USA
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
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Net worth
$8,000,000 USD
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High school
Lakeside School, Burien-Seattle WA
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University
Whitman College for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and a minor in Psychology
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Talent agency
Kazarian/Spencer/Ruskin & Associates, Inc.
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[on his being passed over for Tim Burton`s 1989 Batman (1989)] I cried for an hour, but then I was okay. I wanted it! I don`t know. I figured that`s their business and they have a film in mind. I`ve already done it. I`ve done my Batman. Look, do you want the classic Coke or the new stuff? Maybe both. I do know that I`m disappointed not to have had a chance to play Batman, but they have their vision and I have mine.
  • Had his creative dentist add a little black Batman logo to one of his molars.
  • Member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity
  • After playing the role of a resourceful secret agent in a Nestle's Quik commercial in the early '60s, he caught the eye of ABC execs. They figured that he might be right for an upcoming TV show that was about to be produced, "Batman" (1966). The rest is history.
  • Was the third actor to play Batman (though some may credit him as the first, as the old serials are much more obscure than West's "Batman" (1966) TV series).
  • According to DC Comics statistics, Batman stands 6-foot-2. Of all the actors who have played Batman, West is believed to be the only one who stood the same height.

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