R.I.P. Adam West (1928 – 2017)

Some extremely sad news this afternoon, as it has been announced that Adam West – known for his iconic role as the Caped Crusader in the classic 1960s Batman TV series – passed away yesterday aged 88 after a short battle with leukaemia.

“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives,” reads a statement released by West’s family today. “He was and always will be our hero.”

Beginning his career in 1959 with a role alongside Paul Newman in The Young Philadelphians, West would make a number of guest appearances on the small screen throughout the first half of the 1960s, before securing the title role alongside Burt Ward’s Robin in TV’s Batman.

Premiering in 1966, the campy take on the DC superhero was an enormous success, running for 120 episodes across three seasons, as well as spawning the 1966 feature film.

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