fighters and grateful he had the chance to bring "pleasure to so many people." LOS ANGELES — Before Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck donned Batman's cape in a stream of Hollywood blockbusters, there was Adam West.
"We played it terribly serious, and that's half the fun of it." Viewers came to expect fight scenes where Batman and his trusted sidekick, Robin the Boy Wonder, played by Burt Ward, would battle and array of anonymous henchmen, dispatching them with comedic blows punctuated with onomatopoeia graphics that filled the screen: Bam!
"Not many actors get the chance to create a signature character." He returned to the role in an episode of "The Simpsons" and in 2003's "Return to the Batcave," in which he reminisced with his former co-star Ward, reprising his role as Robin, while chasing villains who had stolen the Batmobile from a museum.
Born William West Anderson in Walla Walla, Washington, he moved to Seattle at age 15 with his mother after his parents divorced.
An online search of the Sun Valley directory for Adam West results in a prompt to "See Wayne, Bruce (Millionaire)," which results in "Please consult Crime Fighters in the Yellow Pages," leading to "See Batman," leading back to Adam West.