Friday, April 12, 2024

RIP Adam West, the Real Batman Forever, Dies at 88 — His Wry Sense of Humor Lives On


Adam West– the real Batman of all time– has died at age 88. His rep says he had a short battle with leukemia.

West played Batman in the ABC TV series with Burt Ward as Robin in the mid 60s. His wry sense of humor and sarcasm — which we didn’t get as kids but is vividly apparent on the show looking at it now– made “Batman” a phenomenon. The show aired twice a week when it debuted in 1966, with animated tags of “POW!” and “Bam!”


West worked a long time before and after “Batman,” but he never recaptured that glorious moment in time for those 120 episodes and a Batman movie, as well.

What a week! The beloved Glenne Headley died yesterday at age 62 after a pulmonary embolism. She was such a fine actress on stage and film. Also, yesterday, John Heyman, one of the great movie and TV producers, a towering figure in show business, passed away at 84. (His son, David, was taught well– he produced the Harry Potter movies.)

And so it goes.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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