Adam West

Adam West ( born September 19, 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington; actually William West Anderson ) is an American actor and voice actor. West was his portrayal of Batman in the TV version of the eponymous series known, which aired from 1966 to 1968 in U.S. television.


After attending the prestigious Lakeside High School in Seattle, he earned a degree at nearby Whitman College ( main compartments literature and psychology). Shortly afterwards he married. He served two years in the U.S. Army, worked as a DJ, truck drivers and cowboy and then traveled through Europe with his wife, where he occasionally worked as a milkman. Finally he settled in Hawaii, where he received a role in the shallow entertainment program The Kini Popo Show. He divorced his first wife and married a Hawaiianerin.

Through various roles in film and television during the 60s William Dozier became aware of West and hired him for the television series Batman. West once claimed that he was Sean Connery's successor has been offered the role of James Bond after the latter did his post. Almost, so West, he was part of the big three Bs of the Sixties: Bond, Batman and The Beatles.

The Batman series was also an international success, so during their term also produced a film based on it.

After the series was abandoned, it was hard for West to get rid of his Batman image and to get a new role - for the audience he was Batman, no one took him from a different role. Even his convincing lead role as a cynical macho Johnny Cain in The Girl Who Knew Too Much did not alter this fact.

He listened to Batman still never stop working and played in the 70s and 80s in a row mittelklassiger movies and not even of broadcast television pilot episodes, including The Happy Hooker Goes To Hollywood.

1977 West returned for the first time back in the role of Batman as he A Case for Batman took over the character in the short-lived animated continuation of the 60 - series. 1983 returned West again to Batman, this time as a speaker in the animated " Super Friends" cartoons in place of Olan Soulie.

In the 90s he reached cult status in some circles by roles in movies such as The Size of Watermelons or Drop Dead Gorgeous. West was also the spokesman for many cartoon characters, including The Simpsons and the animated version of Batman. In 1991 he played in the pilot episode of the series Lookwell a crazed TV action hero who falsely believes he can solve in real life criminal cases. The pilot episode, written by Conan O'Brien and Robert Smigel, now has the reputation of being one of the funniest series that have never been accepted by a major television networks. It was later broadcast on a smaller channel (Trio Channel).

West had a cameo appearance in the animated version of Batman the TV channel FOX. In the episode " Beware the Gray Ghost " West said the Grey Ghost, which should be a tribute to the earliest superhero characters like The Shadow or Crimson Avenger.

In five previous episodes of the animated series The Fairly OddParents - Fairly OddParents said West, the role of the aging actor Adam West, who sees himself only in the role of " Catman ".

In addition, West occasionally speaks the semi -crazed Mayor Adam West the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Iceland in the animated series Family Guy (although it was never intended that it should speak Adam West the " Mayor Adam West ").

In the eighth season of the television series The King of Queens West played himself in the episode " Lori Scissorhands " ( orig.: Shear Torture ) recognizes Spence him in the subway and invites him to a science fiction convention.


"It was inescapable. I'd just about country something substantial, something I like or a good career move. Then some dinosaur would rear up and say, 'But the audience will think of him as Batman. ' It was formidable. It was there like a brick wall. "

"I could not escape from. Whenever I was just about to reach something solid, something that I would have liked or brought my career going, then rose something like a dinosaur and said: '. , But the public will see him as Batman ' It was horrible. It was as if there was a stone wall would stand in the way. "

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