Burt Ward Remembers 'Batman' Co-Star Adam West: 'I Will Forever Miss Him'

Actor Adam West

Listening to the boys argue endlessly, West breaks the impasse by saying that even his poodles knew that [Christian] Bale is overrated.

West passed away in Los Angeles at age 88 after a battle with leukemia, surrounded peacefully by his family.

"I will forever miss him", Ward said. There was never an "action philosophy" or a survivor's answer that guided them; they simply strapped it up. Adam West portrays the hero in the series. Ostensibly a crime series, the show was in fact, campy, tongue-in-cheek and "a true situation comedy".

West lived long enough to see his interpretation become popular again.

West's "Batman" co-stars Burt Ward and Julie Newmar also expressed their grief over his demise.

'Dick Grace [Robin] became like a foster son to Bruce Wayne [Batman].

DC publishes a "Batman '66" comic book based on the TV show and bearing his likeness.

As Hollywood mourns the loss of undoubtedly the most likeable Batman in Adam West, friends, colleagues, and fans have come to pay tribute on social media including Ben Affleck, who now plays the character for DC Cinematic Universe. You were MY Batman.

So when he speaks of West as "his" Batman, it strikes a familiar chord that resonates.

Born William West Anderson in 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington, the actor later adopted his stage name, and began his career in earnest when he moved to Hawaii in the 1950s to star in a local children's programme.

Family members said on a verified Facebook page that West died Friday night after "a short but courageous battle with leukemia".

After the cancellation of the series, West found it hard to land other acting jobs, even though he was an established film and TV actor, because he had become so linked to the Batman role.

In protecting Gotham City from super criminals, Batman and Robin invariably would find their lives threatened in some fiendish trap, only to escape using their endless ingenuity. Before he donned the mask and cape, West was a rising star in late 1950s and early 1960s TV series, notably Westerns and cop shows. Unlike the Burton or Nolan's Batman films, West's simplicity endeared him to fans across the globe.

He reunited past year with co-stars Ward and Newmar for the animated film "Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders" that captured the humor and spirit of the original.

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