It’s unfortunate that we can’t predict famous people before they are born and somehow foresee their cultural impact, because then we could celebrate celebrity births instead of mourn celebrity deaths.
But that is not possible. Sadly the personalities and talents of 60s and 70s film and music are in their twilight years and, barring any kind of scientific anti-aging revelation, we will see more of our favorite stars from the past blink out.
This week we mourn the passing of Adam West, born William West Anderson on September 19, 1928, in Walla Walla, Washington.
West began his career in Hawaii on a children’s show, The El Kini Popo Show. He moved to Hollywood in 1959 to persue his acting career, changing to his stage name Adam West.
His early roles included films like Voodoo Island, The Young Philadelphians, Geronimo, Robinson Crusoe on Mars before he landed his most notable role as Batman in the TV series which ran from 1966 to 1968 and spawned a film in 1966 following the first season.
Adam West was the Batman who entertained many Baby Boomers during the late 1960s, and Gen X-ers into the 1970s via along with other popular shows from the 1960s like The Munsters, The Adams Family, Star Trek, etc.
One of my favorites for sure. Used to love watching Batman.
Adam West died peacefully at his home following a short battle with leukemia. He was 88.
Thank you Batman, and rest in peace Adam West. I raise a toast in your honor and remember with fondness the enthusiasm, fun and adventure you brought to our television screens.
Visit AdamWest.com for more about Adam West and all he’s been involved in.