has died. West, was born William West Anderson in Walla Walla. His portrayal of Bruce Wayne/Batman on ABC TV in the mid 60s became a worldwide cultural phenomenon.
The somewhat comical portrayal of Batman would differ from later movies of the super hero which were darker in nature.
Batman was a must-watch for me as a child. It was unique in that it was done in two parts. At the end of the first episode, Batman and Robin (his youthful ward) would be caught in a dangerous situation and the next night he would somehow escape and solve the crime
I met West briefly at a cocktail party in San Diego. My brother was attending Comic-Com and my dad and I went along for the ride. West recognized my dad in the hotel lobby from his Walla Walla High School days and invited him to a reception. West introduced himself to me as both Adam West and Bill Anderson. Not knowing what to say, I asked him how he and Robin were able to get on a pole in suits and arrive on the bottom in costume, I knew it was a film splice.
West worked in Walla Walla radio and was a graduate of Whitman College. His family says he died after a short bout of leukemia. He was 88.