Tributes have been pouring in since the news broke that Adam West, who became a television icon playing Batman in the ABC series of the same name in the 1960s, died Friday at age 88. West reportedly died in Los Angeles following a battle with leukemia.
West had a diverse career spanning seven decades, including appearing opposite Chuck Connors in the Western “Geronimo” in 1962, working with The Three Stooges in “The Outlaws Is Coming” (1965) and appearing in the sci-fi film “Robinson Crusoe on Mars” (1964). He also did voice-overs as animated versions of himself on shows including “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy.”
One Adam West tribute we love was written by Glen Weldon and published by NPR. In it Weldon writes of the “Batman” TV series: “The show is a goof, yes — but for the show to work, West’s performance can’t be. There’s nothing glib or withering or safe in his Batman. It’s a risk, a big swing, and it works.”
We encourage readers to click here to read the full tribute by Weldon.