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William West Anderson (September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017), known professionally as Adam West, was an American actor known primarily for his role as Batman in the 1960s ABC series of the same name and its 1966 theatrical feature film.
West began acting in films in the 1950s. He played opposite Chuck Connors in Geronimo (1962) and Kenneth Cabot 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. Late in his career, West starred in two direct-to-DVD animated Batman films, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, and Batman vs. Two-Face, the latter of which was released posthumously on the same year with his Death.
On June 9, 2017, West died from leukemia at age 88. His longtime friend Burt Ward, who also starred in Batman, has stated, "This is a terribly unexpected loss of my lifelong friend, I will forever miss him. The are several fine actors who have portrayed Batman in films. In my eyes, there was only one real Batman that is and always will be Adam West. He was truly the Bright Knight."
On June 15, 2017, in his honor, Los Angeles projected the Bat-Signal on City Hall. It was shone on the Whitman Tower.