TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - June 12, 2017
For most of us, he was our first Batman. For some, he was our only Batman.
Terribly sad news out of Hollywood this weekend as Adam West, the caped crusader of the 60s TV series Batman has passed away at the age of 88. Though his stint as Batman only included one feature film and three seasons of television, West has become forever associated with the character due to his uniquely campy take on Bruce Wayne.
Like many actors associated with cult classic series of the 1960s, West spent the 70s and 80s floundering in terrible television shows and softcore movies like The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood and Young Lady Chatterly II, but when 90s nostalgia finally caught up, he experienced a much-deserved career renaissance. In fact, most of today's kids probably know West better as the Mayor of Quahog on Family Guy than anything else.
West also headlined a failed pilot titled Lookwell in 1991 that has gained a sizable following since it failed to get picked up. The series, created by (at the time) SNL writers Robert Smigel and Conan O'Brien found West playing the title character, a TV cop from the 70s who now solves real crimes. It's everything you could hope for and more, and you can check out the pilot below.
We'll all be doing The Batusi in West's honor today, and remembering all the laughs and love he gave us in his storied career. Now, he belongs to the ages.