Adam West, star of the classic TV series, “Batman,” has died from leukemia at 88!
His acting career began in Hawaii in the 1950’s, making his film debut in the 1957 horror film, “Voodoo Island.”
“Batman” premiered on ABC in 1966 starring West as the superhero and his alter ego, “Bruce Wayne.”
It ended its brief run in 1968, but was introduced in later years to new generations via syndication.
He released his autobiography in 1994 — titled “Back to the Batcave” — where he mentions he was once offered to play James Bond for the film, “Diamonds Are Forvever” but turned it down.
He also appeared in many online videos via the website, “Funny Or Die.”
West had appeared as a special guest on the CBS hit sitcom, “The Big Bang Theory,” last year to mark the show’s 50th Anniversary.
The actor’s long career was honored in 2012 with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
He is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
“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,” said a statement released by his family.