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Petter Myhr Ness
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Very sad news. As a kid, I enjoyed the Batman show.
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Rest In Peace, old chum...
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To go back to what Wallace and JB mentioned previous page, it's definitely a sad time to be a TV or movie fan, if you're of a certain age... still hard to fathom that within the past 2 to 3 years, we've lost the likes of Robin Williams, Yvonne Craig, Leonard Nimoy, Carrie Fisher, Kenny Baker, Roger Moore, John Hurt, Christopher Lee, James Garner, Gene Wilder, David Bowie, Richard Hatch, Erin Moran, now Adam West... those are some huge names right there, if you grew up in the '60s or '70s.



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I suppose it should be noted that Adam West spent the last half century wearing Batman as a millstone around his neck. Kind of sad, then, that all the tributes are Batman oriented.
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Charles Valderrama
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JB, Bill Sienkiewicz posted a very cool tribute this weekend.... and many others did point out his recent voice work on FAMILY GUY.


-C!

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JB, Bill Sienkiewicz posted a very cool tribute this weekend.... and many others did point out his recent voice work on FAMILY GUY.

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Not sure how either of those address my point. Bill's tribute is Batman oriented, and I'll bet a lifetime membership in the JBF that those others were of the "...and he also..." variety.

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From MSN.com:




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Charles Valderrama
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True, JB, I guess I did miss your point... still, I think Mr. West eventually embraced that he would forever be typecast as Batman. Nothing sad about that - since he received so much love and admiration in recent years.


Thought I'd share the last scenes he did with Julie Newmar, the best Catwoman EVER:


BONUS - a TV reunion with the three Catwomen (Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, and Eartha Kitt) from 1992:


-C!


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Adam's two major roles were Batman and Mayor West,as a
child of the 60's he will always be Batman to me,my tribute
was not intended to ridicule or diminish his talents.
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RIP, Adam West.

I discovered Bat-Man through reruns of his show in the early 70's, right after we came back to the States from living on Guam and I must have been 5 or so at the time.
He was the first fan letter I ever wrote (or probably dictated, since I didn't learn to write until I was 7). My mother told me that she carried it around in her purse for
weeks before throwing it out (not having any idea where to send it). I think I had probably addressed it to "Batman, The Bat Cave, Gotham City" and she didn't want the post
office to return it undeliverable and break my heart.
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Pity she didn't mail it. The post office is surprisingly accommodating. MAD magazine has received mail with only Alfred E. Neuman (and a stamp) on the envelope. PLAYBOY with only its Bunny.
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I've noticed that there have been lots of Batman-oriented jokes on
FAMILY GUY, but never involving Mr. West. I've wondered if that was
requested by West or if it was Seth MacFarlane's doing?

(Though West did do a "kind-of" Superman gag: Mayor West, as a
contestant on JEOPARDY, tricks Alex Trebek into saying his name
backwards, sending him to the 5th Dimension. Giggled myself silly at
that bit while my then-girlfriend, not getting the reference, stared at me
quizzically.)

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Not the best Photoshop work but it made me smile.

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RIP Mr. West.

I just read this article about him:  LINK

I never knew he was offered the role of James Bond after Sean Connery!  Though he turned it down for the right reasons, it would have been interesting!
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How did Adam West not have a prolific career in comedy after the Batman show ended? He had demonstrated himself to be both a deadpan straight man, and at once a master of physicality.

Good on Seth MacFarlane for realizing West's untapped potential, and giving him a solid final chapter in the spotlight.
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Hollywood was a different thing back then... actors seemed to be easily typecast compared to today's standards. Especially if your biggest role was running around in tights as a superhero.

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It wasn't just West being typecast that did the damage. Remember, "Batman" did crash and burn, off the air after less than three full seasons -- two seasons of actual air time. And Hollywood is slow to forgive and forget.
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So true, JB...... sadly, NBC had ideas to pick up the show but it was too late. ABC had already taken down the set for the Bat Cave. (They didn’t want to start from scratch and build them because the set cost $800,000.)

-C!



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By the time 'deadpan humpor' became a selling point for movies and TV in the '80s, Leslie Nielsen basically 'owned' it. Adam West was in a short-lived NBC series called 'The Last Precinct'(got the post-Super Bowl slot in 1986), a 'deadpan police comedy', during that period between 'Police Squad!' and the 'Naked Gun' movies. It didn't last. I believe West did one or two other short-lived comedy shows before concentrating on voice work.

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The way I see it, though, is that Adam West achieved a rare form of immortality... we'll be talking about him for decades more to come, as long as people continue to study the history of Batman, '60s pop culture, TV history and superheroes in the mainstream media, in general.

His impact is all over the place!




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West starred in a very funny pilot to a series that never aired called LOOKWELL, written by Conan O'Brien and Robert Smigel. This was a few years before Conan took over the LATE NIGHT show.



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BAT-SIGNAL To Be Lit Over Los Angeles In Honour of ADAM WEST
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Shaun Barry
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I hope that would have brought a tear to Mr. West's eye.



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My theatre friends and I got the chance to see him speak at a comic con about 4 years ago.  Thoroughly entertaining.  He had a good run.
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