Adam West, probably best remembered for playing Batman on the 1960s television series, died last night at the age of 88 from leukemia. Stooge fans, of course, will remember him as Ken Cabot in the Stooges' final theatrical feature, THE OUTLAWS IS COMING. Although this tends to be an unpopular opinion, I actually preferred the more campy version of Batman to the darker version that is more familiar to audiences today, so this was especially upsetting for me to hear.
West was typecast for many years due to his association with Batman, although he later began to find a career in voice acting. Modern audiences will recognize him as Catman on The Fairly OddParents
and a fictionalized version of himself on Family Guy
. He even occasionally reprised his role as Batman, including in the video game Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
and most recently in the direct-to-DVD movie Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders
, which also featured Burt Ward and Julie Newmar reprising their roles as Robin and Catwoman, respectively. He will be missed very much.