Adam West (William West Anderson; September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017) was an American actor, director and voice artist. He is known for his role as Batman in the 1960s Batman television series and as Mayor Adam West in Family Guy. West has also acted in movies and on stage.
West at the 2014 Phoenix Comic-Con
William West Anderson
September 19, 1928
|Died||June 9, 2017 (aged 88)|
|Alma mater||Whitman College|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
|Known for||Batman, Mayor West|
|Home town||Walla Walla, Washington|
|Television||Batman, Family Guy|
Billie Lou Yeager (m. 1950–1956)
Frisbie Dawson (m. 1957–1962)
Marcelle Tagand Lear (m. 1970–2017)
|Parent(s)||Otto West Anderson,|
Audrey V. Speer
|Family||John Anderson (brother)|
West was born on September 19, 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington to Otto West Anderson and Audrey V. Speer and studied at Walla Walla High School, Lakeside School, and Whitman College. West was raised in Walla Walla. West has been married to Billie Lou Yeager from 1950 until they divorced in 1965. He later married Frisbie Dawson from 1957 until they divorced in 1962. West married to Marcelle Tagand Lear in 1970. West has six children. He lived in Ketchum, Idaho.
His early works include the movie Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964), as Col. Dan McCready, an astronaut who is sent on a journey to the Red Planet. He was also in Mara of the Wilderness (1965), and the spaghetti western I quattro inesorabili (1965), where he played the role of gunslinger Sam Garrett. He played the role of Lt. John Delahay, in the western Geronimo (1962) with Chuck Connors.
In the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, he worked in the movies Curse of the Moon Child (1972); Partizani (1974), a war movie with Rod Taylor; The Specialist (1975); The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980); One Dark Night (1983); Young Lady Chatterley II (1985); Zombie Nightmare (1986); Night of the Kickfighters (1988); Omega Cop (1990); Maxim Xul (1991); An American Vampire Story (1997); and Joyride (1997).
His last appearances in movies were Buckaroo: The Movie (2005) as the Judge, and Ratko: The Dictator's Son (2009), as Kostka Volvic.
In 1966, Adam West was chosen to play the role of Batman in the Batman TV series. This show started West to fame. The series was well liked and a movie of the same name was made of it. He put his voice to the animated series The New Adventures of Batman (1977), SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1985) and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985). His best known voice acting is his work on the animated series Family Guy, as Mayor West.
Adam starred in a comedy television movie about detectives, Ace Diamond Private Eye (1983). The actor also had guest star appearances in many series as Cheyenne, Colt 45, 77 Sunset Strip, Goodyear Theatre, Bonanza, The Rifleman, Mannix, Police Woman, Murder, She Wrote, and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
According to the comic books, Batman/Bruce Wayne is 6'2". Of all the actors to play Batman, Adam West is the only actor who stood the same height.
- "An Evening with Adam West". 3:40 in Part One of recording.
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- "Adam West Height - How tall". Celebheight.com. Retrieved 20 August 2013.