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Adam West (born William West Anderson, September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017) was an American actor widely known for his role as Batman in the 1960s ABC series of the same name and its 1966 theatrical feature film. His career spanned 63 years.

Adam West
Adam West 1961.JPG
West in The Detectives (1961)
Born William West Anderson
(1928-09-19)September 19, 1928
Walla Walla, Washington, U.S.
Died June 9, 2017(2017-06-09) (aged 88)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater Whitman College
Occupation Actor
Years active 1954–2017
Known for
Television
Spouse(s)
  • Billie Lou Yeager
    (m. 1950; div. 1956)
  • Ngahra Frisbie Dawson
    (m. 1957; div. 1962)
  • Marcelle Tagand Lear
    (m. 1970)
Children 4 children
and 2 step-children
Website adamwest.com

West began acting in films in the 1950s. He played opposite Chuck Connors in Geronimo (1962) and The Three Stooges in The Outlaws Is Coming (1965). He also appeared in the science fiction film Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964), and performed voice work on The Fairly OddParents (2001), The Simpsons (1992, 2002), and Family Guy (2000-2017), playing fictional versions of himself in all three.

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Early lifeEdit

Adam West was born as William West Anderson on September 19, 1928, in Walla Walla, Washington.[1][2] His father was a farmer; his mother was an opera singer and concert pianist who was forced to abandon her own Hollywood dreams to care for her family.[3] Following her example, West stated to his father as a youth that he intended after school to go to Hollywood. He moved to Seattle with his mother when he was 15, following his parents' divorce.[4]

West attended Walla Walla High School during his freshman and sophomore years, and later enrolled in Lakeside School in Seattle. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in literature and a minor in psychology from Whitman College[5] in Walla Walla, where he was a member of the Gamma Zeta Chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He also participated on the speech and debate team. Drafted into the United States Army, he served as an announcer on American Forces Network television. After his discharge, he worked as a milkman before moving to Hawaii to pursue a career in television.[3]

CareerEdit

Early rolesEdit

While in Hawaii, West was picked for a role as the sidekick on a children's show called El Kini Popo Show, which featured a chimp. West later took over as star of the show.[6] In 1959, West moved with his wife and two children to Hollywood,[3] where he took the stage name Adam West.[7]

He appeared in the film The Young Philadelphians which starred Paul Newman.[8] He had guest-star roles in a number of television Westerns. On three Warner Bros. westerns which aired on ABCSugarfoot, Colt .45, and Lawman—West played the role of Doc Holliday, the frontier dentist and gunfighter. He portrayed Wild Bill Hickok in the episode "Westbound Stage" of the 1960 NBC Western series Overland Trail, with William Bendix and Doug McClure.[citation needed]

He guest-starred on Edmond O'Brien's syndicated crime drama Johnny Midnight,[9] and soon snagged a supporting role as police sergeant Steve Nelson in the crime drama, The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor.[citation needed]

On January 10, 1961, West appeared as a young, ambitious deputy who foolishly confronts a gunfighter named Clay Jackson, portrayed by Jock Mahoney, in the episode "The Man from Kansas" of the NBC Western series Laramie.[10]

West made two guest appearances on Perry Mason in 1961 and 1962. His first role was as small-town journalist Dan Southern in "The Case of the Barefaced Witness".[11] His other role was as folk singer Pete Norland in "The Case of the Bogus Books".[12]

West starred in an episode of the ABC Outer Limits series titled "The Invisible Enemy".[13] He made a brief appearance in the film Soldier in the Rain starring Jackie Gleason and Steve McQueen,[14] and starred as Major Dan McCready, the ill-fated mission commander of Mars Gravity Probe 1 in the 1964 film Robinson Crusoe on Mars[citation needed] In 1965, he was cast in the comedy Western The Outlaws Is Coming, the last feature film starring The Three Stooges.[citation needed] He played Christopher Rolf in the episode "Stopover" of ABC's The Rifleman, which aired on April 25, 1961.[11]

1960s–1980sEdit

 
West as Batman

BatmanEdit

Producer William Dozier cast West as Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, Batman, in the television series Batman, in part after seeing West perform as the James Bond-like spy Captain Q in a Nestlé Quik commercial. He was in competition with Lyle Waggoner for the Batman role.[15]

The popular campy show ran on ABC from 1966 to 1968; a feature-length film version directed by Leslie H. Martinson was released in 1966.[16]

In his Batman character, West appeared in a public service announcement in which he encouraged schoolchildren to heed then-President Lyndon B. Johnson's call for them to buy U.S. savings stamps, a children's version of U.S. savings bonds, to support the Vietnam War.[17]

In 1970, West was offered the role of Bond by producer Albert Broccoli for the film Diamonds Are Forever.[18] West did not accept, later stating in his autobiography that he believed the role should always be played by a British actor.[citation needed]

Post-Batman careerEdit

After his high-profile role, West, along with Burt Ward and Yvonne Craig (who played crime-fighting sidekicks Robin and Batgirl), was severely typecast. West's first post-Caped Crusader role was in the film The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1969). His lead performance against type as cynical tough guy Johnny Cain did not erode his Batman image; the movie was a box office disappointment.[citation needed]

 
West in 1989 at the 41st Primetime Emmy Awards

For a time, West made a living from personal appearances as Batman. In 1974, when Ward and Craig reprised their Batman roles for a TV public-service announcement about equal pay for women, West was absent. Instead, Dick Gautier filled in as Batman.[19] One of West's more memorable Batman appearances, after the series had ended, was with the Memphis-based United States Wrestling Association, where he engaged in a war of words with Jerry "The King" Lawler while wearing the cowl and a tracksuit, and even name-dropping Spider-Man.[20]

West subsequently appeared in the theatrical films The Marriage of a Young Stockbrocker (1971),[21] The Curse of the Moon Child (1972),[22] The Specialist (1975),[23] Hooper (as himself; 1978),[citation needed] The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980),[23] One Dark Night (1983)[24] and Young Lady Chatterley II (1985). West also appeared in such television films as The Eyes of Charles Sand (1972),[25] Poor Devil (1973),[26] Nevada Smith (1975),[citation needed] For the Love of It (1980)[27] and I Take These Men (1983).[28]

He did guest shots on the television series; Maverick, Diagnosis: Murder, Love, American Style, Bonanza, The Big Valley, Night Gallery, Alias Smith and Jones, Mannix, Emergency!, Alice, Police Woman, Operation Petticoat, The American Girls, Vega$, Big Shamus, Little Shamus, Laverne & Shirley, Bewitched, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Hart to Hart, Zorro, The King of Queens, and George Lopez. West was also in an episode of Bonanza that supposedly never aired until reruns were shown and he made several guest appearances as himself on Family Feud. In 1986, he starred in the comedy police series titled The Last Precinct.[29]

Return to BatmanEdit

West often reprised his role as Batman/Bruce Wayne, first in the short-lived animated series The New Adventures of Batman, and in other shows such as The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour, Tarzan and the Super 7, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (succeeding Olan Soule in the role). In 1979, West once again donned the Batsuit for the live-action TV special Legends of the Superheroes. In 1985, DC Comics named West as one of the honorees in the company's 50th-anniversary publication Fifty Who Made DC Great for his work on the Batman series.[30]

West was considered to play Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne's father, in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman film. Originally, he wanted to play Batman.[31][32] West never appeared in any of the theatrically released post-1960s Batman franchise motion pictures and, to date, neither has Burt Ward (Robin, from the TV series). West made an appearance in a 1992 episode of Batman: The Animated Series on Fox, but not as Batman (as the role of Batman was already being played by Kevin Conroy). Instead, he portrayed Simon Trent, a washed-up actor who used to play a superhero in a TV series called The Gray Ghost and who now has difficulty finding work. The producers nearly considered scrapping that episode, as they figured it mirrored West too much; however, West gladly accepted voicing such a character. West later had a recurring role as the voice of Mayor Grange in the WB animated series The Batman.[33]

The actor vocally reprised his role as Batman for the CGI-animated short film Batman: New Times.[34] He co-starred with Mark Hamill, who vocally portrayed The Joker and had originally played the role on Batman: The Animated Series.[34] West also voiced Thomas Wayne in an episode of the cartoon series Batman: The Brave and the Bold.[35]

1990s–2000sEdit

 
West at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con

During the 1990s, West's status as a pop culture icon led to appearances as himself in the film Drop Dead Gorgeous and in several TV series, including NewsRadio, Murphy Brown, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ben Stiller Show,[36] and The Drew Carey Show.[37] He notably appeared as "Dr. Wayne" in the 1990 Zorro episode "The Wizard", even being shown Zorro's "secret cave" headquarters. In 1991, he starred in the pilot episode of Lookwell, in which he portrayed a has-been TV action hero who falsely believes he can solve mysteries in real life. The pilot, written by Conan O'Brien and Robert Smigel in their pre-Late Night period, aired on NBC that summer, but was not picked up as a series.[38] It was later broadcast on the Trio channel, under the "Brilliant But Cancelled" block.[39] In 1994, West played a non-comedic role as the father of Peter Weller's character in the Michael Tolkin film The New Age.[40]

He played a washed-up superhero in the Goosebumps television series episode "Attack of the Mutant".[41] The boy hero is a comic book geek whose favorite superhero, Galloping Gazelle (West's character), is portrayed as fading and on the verge of retirement. Towards the end, the boy is shocked to learn that the Gazelle is real, though he (the boy) must save the day by himself.[42]

In 1994, West, with Jeff Rovin, wrote his autobiography, Back to the Batcave published by Berkeley Books.[43] In 1996, Virgin Interactive released the gambling simulation game Golden Nugget on PlayStation. West acted in the video cut scenes of the "Chaos Mystery" storyline subgame.[44] In 2001, he played the super-villain Breathtaker on the short-lived television series Black Scorpion.[45]

In 2003, West and Burt Ward starred in the television movie Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt, alongside Frank Gorshin, Julie Newmar, and Lee Meriwether.[46] Jack Brewer portrayed West in flashbacks to the production of Batman.[47] In 2005, West appeared in the CBS show The King of Queens. In the episode, Spence first asks Lou Ferrigno to go to a sci-fi convention, but when Spence meets West (playing himself), he leaves Ferrigno and asks West to come with him.[48] He appears prominently in the 2006 video for California band STEFY's song "Chelsea" as "Judge Adam West", presiding over the courtroom scene.[49]

In 2007, West played an attorney for Benny on the show George Lopez, and he starred as "The Boss" in the movie comedy Sexina: Popstar PI.[50] Following the release of a Batman game, a host of the show X-Play visited West on the show. In 2009, West played himself in the episode "Apollo, Apollo" of 30 Rock.[48]

2010sEdit

 
West at the 2014 Phoenix Comicon, on a panel for Batman

In 2010, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.[51] West received the 2,468th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 5, 2012.[52] His star is located at 6764 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Guinness Museum in Hollywood, California.[53]

West appeared in a number of videos for Funnyordie.com.[54]

He was interviewed in 2013 on the PBS series called Pioneers of Television in the season-three episode called "Superheroes".[55] Also in 2013, he was the subject of the documentary Starring Adam West.[56]

West is among the interview subjects in Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle, a three-hour documentary narrated by Liev Schreiber that premiered on PBS in October 2013.[57]

In February 2016, West guest-starred as himself on the 200th episode of The Big Bang Theory.[58]

Voice-over work and advertisingEdit

Having a distinctive voice, West built a career doing voice-over work on a number of animated series (often as himself), including appearances on The Simpsons,[59] Futurama,[60] Rugrats,[61] Histeria!,[61] Kim Possible,[61] Johnny Bravo,[60] and even in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series called "Beware the Gray Ghost", where he voiced the Gray Ghost.[citation needed]

He also appeared in many episodes of Nickelodeon's cartoon The Fairly OddParents as a cat-obsessed version of himself, who is famous for playing a superhero called Catman, and who actually believes he is Catman.[62] His later appearance in The Fairly OddParents was a parody of himself, hired to play the role of the Crimson Chin in the movie of the same name. Yet another appearance on the show had him as himself in a fairy-sponsored video about how to cope with losing one's fairy godparents. In later seasons, the role for this version of Adam West was recast to Jeff Bennett.[62]

In 1997, West appeared in a national television advertising campaign for Ziebart.[citation needed]

From 2000, West made regular appearances on the animated series Family Guy, on which he played Mayor Adam West, the lunatic mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island. His role brought West a new wave of popularity post-Batman, and lead writer Seth MacFarlane claims to have gone out of his way to avoid typecasting West by deliberately not making any references to Batman.[63]

Some of his last voice-over performances were playing the role of Uncle Art in the Disney Animation film Meet the Robinsons,[61] and voicing the young Mermaid Man (along with Burt Ward, who voiced the young Barnacle Boy) in the cartoon show SpongeBob SquarePants, in the episode "Back to the Past" of 2010.[64]

West also played the voice of General Carrington in the video game XIII,[65] and voiced other video games such as Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure,[66] Chicken Little: Ace in Action,[67] Scooby-Doo! Unmasked, and Goosebumps: Attack of the Mutant.[42]

In November 2014, West voiced himself, and the 1960s version of Batman, in the video game Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.[68]

West also did voice-over work for superhero-themed commercials for the investment firm LendingTree and television commercials for Hebrew National hot dogs.[69]

Personal lifeEdit

West was married three times. His first marriage was to his college girlfriend Billie Lou Yeager in 1950. The couple divorced six years later. In 1957 he married Tahitian dancer Ngahra Frisbie Dawson with whom he had two children before their divorce in 1962.[70][71][72] West then married Marcelle Tagand Lear in November 1970. They had two children and remained together for over 46 years, until Adam's death.[71] West also had two step-children.[73]

During the Batman television series, West's relationship with co-star Burt Ward was described as "problematic". He said, "Burt fell victim to making up stories to sell books. But in a way it was flattering, because he made me sound like King Kong."[72] West also said that he played Batman "for laughs, but in order to do [that], one had to never think it was funny. You just had to pull on that cowl and believe that no one would recognize you."[74] Also during the Batman series, he became close friends with crossover co-star Van Williams, who played The Green Hornet. The two of them were also neighbors for a while and spent much time together outdoors, including fishing and hunting, a common hobby of Williams.[75]

DeathEdit

Adam West died in Los Angeles, California on June 9, 2017, following a brief battle with leukemia. He was 88.[2][76][77] After his death, West's former Batman co-star and longtime friend, Burt Ward, released a statement; "This is a terribly unexpected loss of my lifelong friend, I will forever miss him. There are several fine actors who have portrayed Batman in films. In my eyes, there was only one real Batman that is and always will be Adam West. He was truly the Bright Knight."[78] On June 15, 2017, Los Angeles projected the Bat-Signal on City Hall as a tribute to West, and Walla Walla shone the bat-signal on the Whitman Tower.[79][80]

West pre-recorded 5 more episodes as Mayor Adam West that will be released posthumously as part of Family Guy's sixteenth season.[81]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1957 Voodoo Island Weather Station #4 Radio Operator Uncredited
1958 Ghost of the China Sea Uncredited
1959 The Young Philadelphians William Lawrence III
1959 The FBI Story Man on Two Way Radio Uncredited
1962 Geronimo Lt. John Delahay
1963 Tammy and the Doctor Dr. Eric Hassler
1964 Soldier in the Rain Captain
1964 Robinson Crusoe on Mars Colonel 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 Bruce Wayne / Batman
1969 The Girl Who Knew Too Much Johnny Cain
1971 The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker Chester
1974 Hell River Kurt Kohler
1975 The Specialist Jerry Bounds
1978 Hooper Himself
1980 Warp Speed Shuttle captain
1980 The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood Lionel Lamely
1983 One Dark Night Allan McKenna
1984 Hell Riders Doctor Dave
1985 Yellow Pages Henry's Father
1985 Young Lady Chatterley II Professor Arthur Bohart Jr.
1986 Zombie Nightmare Capt. Tom Churchman
1988 Doin' Time on Planet Earth Charles Pinsky
1988 Return Fire Carruthers
1988 Night of the Kickfighters Carl McMann
1989 Mad About You Edward Harris
1990 Omega Cop Prescott
1991 Maxim Xul Professor Marduk
1994 The New Age Jeff Witner
1995 Run for Cover Senator Prescott
1996 The Size of Watermelons Himself
1997 American Vampire The Big Kahuna
1997 Redux Riding Hood Leonard Fox (voice) Short film
1997 Joyride Harold
1999 Drop Dead Gorgeous Himself
2001 Seance Homeless Man / Angel
2003 Baadasssss! Bert
2004 Tales from Beyond Jay
2005 Aloha, Scooby-Doo! Jared Moon (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2005 Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story Mayor Adam West (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2005 Buckaroo: The Movie Judge Werner
2005 Chicken Little Ace (voice)
2005 Angels with Angles Alfred the Butler
2007 Sexina: Popstar P.I. The Boss
2007 Meet the Robinsons Uncle Art (voice)
2009 Ratko: The Dictator's Son Kostka Volvic
2009 Super Capers: The Origins of Ed and the Missing Bullion Manbat / Cab Driver
2015 Scooby-Doo! and the Beach Beastie Sandy Blake (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2016 Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2017 Batman vs. Two-Face Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice) Direct-to-DVD
Released posthumously

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1954–1955 The Philco Television Playhouse Ham Ector 3 episodes
1958–1959 77 Sunset Strip Jim Beck / Lonnie Drew / Ernest Detterback 3 episodes
1959 Grand Jury Fenway Episode: "The Big Boss"
1959 Lawman Doc Holliday Episode: "The Wayfarer"
1959 Sugarfoot Doc Holliday / Frederick Pulaski 2 episodes
1959 Cheyenne Ashley Claiborn Episode: "Blind Spot"
1959 Bronco Major Carter Episode: "The Burning Springs"
1959 Colt .45 Doc Holliday / Marshal Joe Benjamin / Sgt. Ed Kallen 3 episodes
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: "Westbound Stage"
1960 Goodyear Theatre David Episode: "All in the Family"
1960 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Johnny Cinderella Episode: "Murder Is a Private Affair"
1961–1963 Laramie Kett Darby / Deputy 2 episodes
1961 Tales of Wells Fargo Steve Daco Episode: "The Has-Been"
1961 Bonanza Frank Milton Episode: "The Bride"
1961–1962 Perry Mason Pete Norland / Dan Southern 2 episodes
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"
1961–1962 The Detectives Det. Sgt. Steve Nelson 30 episodes
1962 The Beachcomber Huckabee Episode: "Captain Huckabee's Beard"
1963 The Real McCoys Buzz Cooper Episode: "The Crop Duster"
1963 Gunsmoke Emmett Episode: "Ash"
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"
1966–1968 Batman Bruce Wayne / Batman 120 episodes
1966 The Milton Berle Show Batman Episode #1.2
1968 The Big Valley Major Jonathan Eliot Episode: "In Silent Battle"
1971 Night Gallery Mr. Hyde Episode: "With Apologies to Mr. Hyde"
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 Emergency! Vic Webster Episode: "The Bash"
1975 Nevada Smith Frank Hartlee Television film
1976 Shazam! Hercules (voice) Episode: "Out of Focus"
1976 Alice Mr. Turner Episode: "Sex Education"
1977 The New Adventures of Batman Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice) 16 episodes
1977 Police Woman Morgan Episode: "Guns"
1978 Operation Petticoat Steve Fleming Episode: "Bless You, My Sub"
1978 Tarzan and the Super 7 Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice)
1978 The American Girls Episode: "The Beautiful People Jungle"
1979 Legends of the Superheroes Bruce Wayne / Batman 2 episodes
1979 Big Shamus, Little Shamus Harley Morgan Episode: "The Loser"
1980, 1984 Fantasy Island Frank McKenna / Philip Breem 2 episodes
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 Hart to Hart David Stockwood Episode: "Love Game"
1984 Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice) 8 episodes
1985 The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice) 8 episodes
1986 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 Pilot
1992 The Ben Stiller Show Himself Episode: "With Colin Quinn"
1992 Batman: The Animated Series Simon Trent / The Gray Ghost (voice) Episode: "Beware the Gray Ghost
1992 Rugrats Captain Blasto (voice) Episode: "Superhero Chuckie"
1992, 2002 The Simpsons Himself / Batman (voices) 2 episodes
1993 Danger Theatre Capt. Mike Morgan 4 episodes
1993 Tales from the Crypt Chapman Episode: "As Ye Sow"
1994 The Good Life Himself 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"
1994 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 and Gloria Himself Episode: "Who's Poppa?"
1995 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Jerry Retchen Episode: "Whine, Whine, Whine"
1995 Burke's Law Episode: "Who Killed the Toy Maker?"
1995 The Clinic Horton Van Hoon 5 episodes
1996 Goosebumps The Galloping Gazelle (voice) 2 episodes
1996 Weird Science Himself Episode: "Strangers in Paradise"
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, 2004 Johnny Bravo Himself (voice) 2 episodes
1997 Animaniacs Spruce Wayne / Caped Crusader (voice) Episode: "Boo Wonder"
1998 Jenny Himself Episode: "A Girl's Gotta Hang with a Celebrity"
1998–1999 The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs Dog Zero / Leonardo da Vinci (voices) 22 episodes
1998 Diagnosis: Murder Bruce Blazer Episode: "Write, She Murdered"
1998 Histeria! Ernest Hemingway (voice) 2 episodes
1998 NewsRadio Himself Episode: "Clash of the Titans"
1999 Pacific Blue Macon Dean Episode: "Stargazer"
2000–2017 Family Guy Mayor Adam West (voice) 117 episodes
2001 Black Scorpion Dr. Noah Goddard / Breathtaker 5 episodes
2001 The Drew Carey Show Mitch Episode: "Hotel Drew"
2003 Kim Possible Timothy North / Fearless Ferret (voice) Episode: "The Fearless Ferret"
2003 The Mullets Himself Episode: "Silent But Deadly"
2003–2008 The Fairly OddParents Himself / Catman (voice) 6 episodes
2003 The Bronx Bunny Show Himself 1 episode
2004 Monster Island Dr. Harryhausen Television film
2004–2006 The Batman Mayor Grange (voice) 7 episodes
2005 The King of Queens Himself Episode: "Shear Torture"
2005 The Boondocks R. Kelly's Lawyer (voice) Episode: "The Trial of Robert Kelly"
2007 George Lopez Jonathon K. Martin 2 episodes
2009 30 Rock Himself Episode: "Apollo, Apollo"
2010 SpongeBob SquarePants Young Mermaid Man (voice) Episode: "The Bad Guy Club for Villains"
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Proto-Bot / Thomas Wayne (voices) 2 episodes
2011 The Super Hero Squad Show Nighthawk (voice) Episode: "Whom Continuity Would Destroy!"
2011–2012 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Wise Old Parrot (voices) 3 episodes
2015, 2017 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Captain Super Captain / Professor Evil Professor (voices) 4 episodes
2015 Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Magical Friendship 60's Batman / Robber (voices) Television special
2015 Moonbeam City Razzle Novak (voice) Episode: "Stuntstravaganza"
2016 The Big Bang Theory Himself Episode: "The Celebration Experimentation"
2017 Powerless Narrator (voice) / Chairman Dean West 2 episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice role
1997 Goosebumps: Attack of the Mutant The Galloping Gazelle
2003 XIII General Carrington
2005 Scooby-Doo! Unmasked Winslow Stanton
2006 Family Guy Video Game! Mayor Adam West
2006 Disney's Chicken Little: Ace in Action Ace
2007 Meet the Robinsons Uncle Art
2012 Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse Mayor Adam West
2014 Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Himself / Classic Batman / The Gray Ghost

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Preceded by
Robert Lowery
Actors to portray Batman
1966–1968
Succeeded by
Michael Keaton