One of the greatest lines in recent TV history was when Adam West appeared on Big Bang Theory as a guest star, and he says, ‘I didn’t have to say I was Batman, people just knew it’. This is definitely the case for Adam West, as he is the original and the most iconic Batman of all time. Today is his 88th birthday, and on this day we appreciate him, not only his lifetime of playing ‘Batman‘, but his contribution to pop culture as a whole. Check out more on this below, and share your thoughts AFTER THE JUMP!
William West Anderson (born September 19, 1928), better known as Adam West, is an American film, television, character, voice, and stage actor whose career spans six decades.
His acting career began in films in 1959. He played opposite Chuck Connors in Geronimo (1962) and The Three Stooges in The Outlaws Is Coming (1965). He has also appeared in the science-fiction film Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964), opposite Paul Mantee, and achieved continuing success for the title role in the 1960s ABC series Batman and its theatrical feature film. He has done voice work on animated series such as The Fairly OddParents and Family Guy, in both of which he voices fictional versions of himself.
Producer William Dozier cast West as Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, Batman, in the television series Batman, in part after seeing West perform as the James Bond-like spy Captain Q in a Nestlé Quik television ad. West was in competition with Lyle Waggoner for the Batman role.
The popular campy show ran on ABC from 1966 to 1968; a film version was released in 1966.
In 1970, West was offered the role of James Bond by Cubby Broccoli for the film Diamonds Are Forever. West did not accept, later stating in his autobiography that he believed the role should always be played by a British actor. The potential casting as Bond became moot when Broccoli convinced Sean Connery to return to the role.