Actors Adam West, left, and Burt Ward, dressed as their characters Batman and Robin, pose for a photo at the
Actors Adam West, left, and Burt Ward, dressed as their characters Batman and Robin, pose for a photo at the "World of Wheels" custom car show in Chicago. On Saturday, June 10, 2017, West’s family said the actor, who portrayed Batman in a 1960s TV series, has died at age 88. AP Photo - Mark Elias

Batman actor Adam West dies aged 88

ADAM West, star of the 1960s television series Batman, has died at the age of 88.

The actor passed away in Los Angeles on Friday after being treated briefly for leukaemia.

"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.

Adam West poses for a photo in Los Angeles in 1985.
Adam West poses for a photo in Los Angeles in 1985. AP Photo - Lennox McLendon

West remained a working actor until his death, doing recurring voice work for animated projects including Family Guy - in which he played himself - and Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.

He also made cameos as himself on US sitcoms 30 Rock and The Big Bang Theory.

Mr West made his film debut in 1959's The Young Philadelphians alongside Paul Newman before finding universal recognition with his tongue-in-cheek portrayal of the Caped Crusader in Batman. The series earned cult status thanks to its camp humour and onscreen fight graphics depicting the words 'Wham!' and 'Pow!'.

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

US actor Adam West listens to Julie Newmar, the original actress who portrayed Catwoman, at a press conference during Comic-Con 2014 in San Diego, California, USA, 24 July 2014.
US actor Adam West listens to Julie Newmar, the original actress who portrayed Catwoman, at a press conference during Comic-Con 2014 in San Diego, California, USA, 24 July 2014. EPA - DAVID MAU


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