Rest In Peace, The Original Caped Crusader: Adam West: (1928-2017)

ADAM WEST
September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017 (age 88)
Cause of Death: Leukemia

Despite his Batman character being far before my time, having played the caped crusader back in the ’60s, I did have an action figure from the series growing up, yet never placed it as Adam West until much much later. Having never actually sat down to watch an episode of the series, I was exposed to it in other ways. One of the main music venues I used to frequent would play old episodes of Batman on the video monitors as we waited for the bands to come out, usually playing them with current music tracking them instead of the dialogue. Looking through West’s body of work, my main exposure to him has been through voice work. He did voices for Rugrats, The Simpsons, and Family Guy and is voice is as distinguishable to me as almost any major voice actors. His work as Mayor Adam West in Family Guy is as iconic to me as his Batman role is to those of the ’60s generation. He would play and voice Batman / Bruce Wayne through most of career following that successful run and hit many other superhero shows, both live action and animated, through most of his career. Being an avid listen of the Kevin & Bean Show on the radio station KROQ, I would also hear about Adam West through one of the radio personalities, Ralph Garmin, who was a superfan and also friend of West’s. Garmin was a huge proponent in getting Adam West a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.


ADAM WEST’S FILMOGRAPHY


1957 Voodoo Island Weather Station #4 Radio Operator (uncredited)
1958 Ghost of the China Sea n/a
1959 The Young Philadelphians Bill Lawrence
1959 The FBI Story Man on Two Way Radio (voice)(uncredited)
1962 Geronimo Lt. John Delahay
1963 Tammy and the Doctor Dr. Eric Hassler
1964 Soldier in the Rain Captain (inspecting)
1964 Robinson Crusoe on Mars Col. Dan McReady
1965 The Outlaws Is Coming Kenneth Cabot
1965 Mara of the Wilderness Ken Williams
1965 The Relentless Four Ranger Sam Garrett
1966 Batman: The Movie Batman / Bruce Wayne
1969 The Girl Who Knew Too Much Johnny Cain
1971 The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker Chester
1972 Curse of the Moon Child n/a
1974 Tactical Gorilla Kurt Kohler
1975 The Specialist Jerry Bounds
1978 Hooper Adam
1980 The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood Lionel Lamely
1983 One Dark Night Allan McKenna
1984 Hell Riders Doctor Dave
1985 Going Undercover
Henry’s Father (uncredited)
1985 Young Lady Chatterley II Professor Arthur Bohart Jr.
1987 Zombie Nightmare Capt. Tom Churchman
1988 Doin’ Time on Planet Earth Charles Pinsky
1988 Return Fire Carruthers
1988 Night of the Kickfighters Carl McMann
1988 Yellow Pages (uncredited)
 1989 Mad About You Edward Harris
1990 Omega Cop Presscott
1991 Maxim Xul Professor Marduk
1994 The Best Movie Ever Made n/a
1994 The New Age Jeff Witner
1994 Not This Part of the World n/a
1995 Run for Cover Senator Prescott
1995 Ride for Your Life (Video Game short) Monty Oliver
1996 The Size of Watermelons Adam West
1997 An American Vampire Story
The Big Kahuna
1997 Redux Riding Hood (short) Leonard Fox
1997 Joyride Harold
1999 Drop Dead Gorgeous Adam West
2001 Séance Homeless Man / Angel
2001 Nuclear Rescue 911 n/a
2002 From Heaven to Hell n/a
2003 BAADASSSSS! Bert
2004 Tales from Beyond (segment “The Bookstore”)
Jay
2005 Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story Mayor Adam West (voice)
2005 Aloha, Scooby-Doo! Jared Moon (voice)
2005 Buckaroo: The Movie Judge Werner
2005 Chicken Little Ace – Hollywood Chicken Little (voice)
2005 Angels with Angles Alfred the Butler
2005 Batman: New Times (short) Batman (voice)
2006 Sexina: Popstar P.I. The Boss
2007 Blue Harvest Grand Moff Tarkin (voice)
2007 Meet the Robinsons Uncle Art (voice)
2007 Ratko: The Dictator’s Son Kostka Volvic
2009 Super Capers: The Origins of Ed and the Missing Bullion Manbat / Cab Driver
2016 Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice)
2017 Batman Vs. Two-Face Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice)

ADAM WEST’S TELEVISION APPEARANCES


 

1954-1955 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse Ham Ector 3 Episodes
1959 Grand Jury
Fenway Episode: “The Big Boss”
1959 Lawman Doc Holliday Episode: “The Wayfarer”
1959 Sugarfoot Doc Holliday / Frederick Pulaski Episode: “The Mysterious Stranger”
1959 Cheyenne Ashley Claiborn Episode: “The Blind Spot”
1959 Bronco Major Carter Episode: “The Burning Springs”
1959 Colt .45 Doc Holliday / Marshal Joe Benjamin / Sgt. Ed Kallen 3 Episodes
1958-1959 77 Sunset Strip Ernest Detterback Episode: “Two and Two Make Six”
1959 Maverick George Henry Arnett / Rudolph St. Cloud / Vic Nolan 3 Episodes
1959 Hawaiian Eye
George Nolen Episode: “The Quick Return”
1959 Bourbon Street Beat Deputy Episode: “The Black Magnolia”
1960 Johnny Midnight Jake Hill Episode: “The Villain of the Piece”
1960 Overland Trail
Wild Bill Hickok Episode: “West Bound Stage”
1960 Goodyear Theatre David Episode: “All In The Family”
1960 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Johnny Cinderella Episode: “Murder Is A Private Affair”
1961 Tales of Wells Fargo Steve Daco Episode: “The Has-Been”
1961 Bonanza Frank Milton Episode: “The Bride”
1961 Michael Shayne Dave Owens Episode: “Date With Death”
1961 The Rifleman
Christopher Rolf Episode: “Stopover”
1961 Guestward Ho! Larry Crawford Episode: “Bill, The Fireman”
1961 The Beachcomber Huckabee Episode: “Captain Huckabee’s Beard”
1961 The Detectives
Det. Sgt. Steve Nelson Lead Role (30 Episodes)
1961 Kraft Mystery Theater Johnny Cinderella Episode: “Murder Is A Private Affair”
1961-1962 Perry Mason Pete Norland / Dan Southern 2 Episodes
1963 The Real McCoys Buzz Cooper Episode: “The Crop Duster”
1961-1963 Laramie Kett Darby / Deputy 2 Episodes
1963 Gunsmoke Emmett Episode: “Ash”
1963 Alexander the Great Cleander Television film
1964 Petticoat Junction Dr. Clayton Harris 2 Episodes
1964 The Outer Limits Major Charles ‘Chuck’ Merritt Episode: “The Invisible Enemy”
1964 Bewitched Kermit Episode: “Love Is Blind”
1965 The Virginian Sam Loomis Episode: “Legend For A Lawman”
1966 The Milton Berle Show Batman Episode: “1.2”
1967 Batgirl
Batman / Bruce Wayne Television short
1968 Off to See the Wizard General Cleander Episode: “Alexander the Great”
1966-1968 Batman Batman / Bruce Wayne Lead Role (120 Episodes)
1968 The Big Valley
Major Jonathan Eliot Episode: “In Silent Battle”
1971 Night Gallery
Mr. Hyde Segment “With Apologies to Mr. Hyde”
1971 And Then They Forgot God n/a Television film
1972 Primus Jenson Episode: “Sea Serpent”
1972 Alias Smith and Jones Brubaker Episode: “The Men That Corrupted Hadleyburg”
1972 The Eyes of Charles Sand Dr. Paul Scott Television film
1972 This Is The Life
GI Hank Mathes Episode: “The Revenge of Cho Lin”
1972 Mannix Jonathan Forsythe Episode: “A Puzzle For One”
1973 Poor Devil
Dennis Crawford Television film
1974 Partizani n/a Television mini-series
1974 Emergency! Vic Webster Episode: “The Bash”
1975 Nevada Smith
Frank Hartlee Television film
1976 Shazam! Hercules (voice)(uncredited) Episode: “Out Of Focus”
1976 Alice Mr. Turner Episode: “Sex Education”
1977 The New Adventures of Batman Batman / Bruce Wayne Lead Role (16 Episodes)
1977 Police Woman
Morgan Episode: “Guns”
1978 Operation Petticoat
Steve Fleming Episode: “Bless You, My Sub”
1978 Tarzan and the Super 7 Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice) n/a
1978 The American Girls n/a Episode: “The Beautiful People Jungle”
1979 Legends of the Superheroes Batman 2 Episodes
1979 Big Shamus, Little Shamus Harley Morgan Episode: “The Loser”
1980 For the Love of It Jock Higgins Television film
1981 Warp Speed
Captain Lofton Television film
1981 Time Warp
Col. Ed Westin Television film
1982 Laverne & Shirley Edgar Garibaldi Episode: “The Gymnast”
1983 I Take These Men
Craig Wyler Television film
1983 The Love Boat
Bob Williams Episode: “Doc’s Big Case/Senior Sinners/A Booming Romance”
1983 Ace Diamond Private Eye Ace Diamond Television film
1983 Hart To Hart
David Stockwood Episode: “Love Game”
1980-1984 Fantasy Island
Frank McKenna / Philip Breem 2 Episodes
1984 SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show Batman 8 Episodes
1985 The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians Batman / Bruce Wayne 8 Episodes
1985 The Last Precinct Captain Rick Wright 8 Episodes
1987 Murder, She Wrote Wade Talmadge Episode: “Death Takes A Dive”
1990 Zorro Dr. Henry Wayne Episode: “The Wizard”
1990 The Flash
Hippy Guy Episode: “Child’s Play”
1991 Lookwell Ty Lookwell Television film
1991 1775 George Washington Television short
1992 The Ben Stiller Show Himself Episode: “With Colin Quinn”
1992 Batman: The Animated Series The Gray Ghost / Simon Trent (voice) Episode: “Beware the Gray Ghost”
1992 Rugrats Captain Blasto (voice) Episode: “Superhero Chuckie/The Dog Broomer”
1993 Danger Theatre
Capt. Mike Morgan 4 Episodes
1993 Tales from the Crypt Chapman Episode: “As Ye Sow”
1994 The Good Life
Himself (voice) Episode: “John Hurts His Leg or Tales from the Crip”
1994 The Critic
Himself (voice) Episode: “Eyes On The Prize”
1994 Nurses Mr. Greer Episode: “All The Pretty Caseys”
1995 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Himself Episode: “Batmantis”
1995 The Adventures of Pete & Pete Principal Kent Schwinger 2 Episodes
1995 Muscle Jim Atkinson Episode: “1.5”
1995 Hope & Gloria
Himself Episode: “Who’s Poppa”
1995 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Jerry Retchen Episode: “Whine, Whine, Whine”
1995 Burke’s Law
n/a Episode: “Who Killed The Toy Maker”
1995 The Clinic Horton Van Hoon n/a
1996 Goosebumps The Galloping Gazelle Episode: “Attack Of The Mutant: Part 1 & 2”
1997 Pauly Himself Episode: “Spies Like Us”
1997 The Wayans Bros.
TV Host Episode: “The Black Widower”
1997 Murphy Brown
Himself Episode: “Hero Today, Gone Tomorrow”
1997 Johnny Bravo
Narrator (voice) Episode: “I Used to Be Funny/My Fair Dork/’Twas the Night”
1997 Animaniacs Spruce Wayne / Caped Crusader (voice) Episode: “Cute First (Ask Questions Later)/Acquaintances/Here Comes Attila/Boo Wonder “
1998 Jenny Himself Episode: “A Girl’s Gotta Hang with a Celebrity”
1998 Diagnosis Murder Bruce Blazer Episode: “Write, She Murdered”
1998 Histeria! Ernest Hemingway (voice) 2 Episodes
1998 NewsRadio Himself Episode: “Clash of The Titans”
1998-1999 The Secret Files of the SpyDogs Dog Zero / Leonardo da Vinci (voice) Lead Role (22 Episodes)
1999 Pacific Blue
Macon Dean Episode: “Stargazer”
2001 Black Scorpion
Dr. Noah Goddard / Breathtaker 5 Episodes
2001 The Drew Carey Show
Mitch Episode: “Hotel Drew”
2002 The Simpsons Batman (voice) Episode: “Large Marge”
2003 Kim Possible
Timothy North / Fearless Ferret Episode: “The Fearless Ferret”
2003 The Bronx Bunny Show Himself Episode: “1.10”
2003 Monster Island
Dr. Harryhausen Television film
2004 The Mullets
Himself Episode: “Silent But Deadly”
2005 The King Of Queens
Himself Episode: “Shear Torture”
2005 The Boondocks R. Kelly’s Lawyer (voice) Episode: “The Trial of Robert Kelly”
2004-2006 The Batman Mayor Grange (voice) 7 Episodes
2007 George Lopez
Jonathon K. Martin 2 Episodes
2003-2008 The Fairly OddParents Himself (voice) 6 Episodes
2009 30 Rock
Himself Episode: “Apollo, Apollo”
2010 SpongeBob SquarePants Young Mermaid Man (voice) Episode: “Back to the Past/The Bad Guy Club for Villains “
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Proto-Bot / Thomas Wayne (voice) 2 Episodes
2010 The Super Hero Squad Show Nighthawk (voice) Episode: “Whom Continuity Would Destroy!”
2011 Funny or Die Presents… Himself 3 Episodes (Segment: “Adam West Hits on You… Hard”)
2011-2012 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Wise Old Parrot (voice) 3 Episodes
2013 FanAddicts Narrator / Announcer 8 Episodes
2015 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Captain Super Captain / Professor Evil Professor (voice) 3 Episodes
2015 Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: Magical Friendship 60’s Batman / Robber (voice) Television film
2015 Moonbeam City Razzle Novak (voice) Episode: “Stuntstravaganza”
2016 The Big Bang Theory
Himself Episode: “The Celebration Experimentation”
2017 Powerless Narrator / Chairman West 2 Episodes
2000-2017 Family Guy
Mayor Adam West / Fairy Godmother / Batman Reoccuring Role (111 Episodes)

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