1960s “Batman” Actor Adam West Dead at 88

Adam West as Batman
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Legendary actor Adam West — best known as TV’s Batman in the 1960s — has died, following a short battle with leukemia. He was 88 years old.

“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family said in a statement, reports Variety.

The new generation probably knows him as the recurring voice role of Mayor Adam West on Fox’s Family Guy, but he’s probably best known for the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in the 1960s TV series, alongside co-star Burt Ward (aka Robin) who delivered hilarious phrases like “Holy atomic pile,” “Holy barracuda,” “Holy Benedict Arnold,” “Holy popcorn,” and “Holy shrinkage!”

In recent years, West did a range of voice-over work on shows like Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken and Disney Channel’s Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

He is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.