Adam West

Adam West

112 Fans
Age
85
Birthday
Sep. 19th, 1928
Born in
Walla Walla, Washington, USA
Height
6' 2"

Adam West's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Family Guy TV Show
Family Guy
Batman TV Show
Batman
The Batman TV Show
The Batman
SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show TV Show
SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire TV Show
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Black Scorpion TV Show
Black Scorpion
The New Adventures of Batman TV Show
The New Adventures of Batman
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians TV Show
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians
Tarzan and the Super 7 TV Show
Tarzan and the Super 7
Danger Theatre TV Show
Danger Theatre
Guestward Ho! TV Show
Guestward Ho!
Big Shamus, Little Shamus TV Show
Big Shamus, Little Shamus
 

Main Movie Roles

2009 - Ratko: The Dictator's Son
2009 - Super Capers
2007 - Meet the Robinsons
2005 - Chicken Little
2003 - How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass
1999 - Drop Dead Gorgeous
1997 - Joyride
1994 - The New Age
1986 - Zombie Nightmare
1978 - Hooper
1966 - Batman: The Movie
1965 - The Outlaws Is Coming
1964 - Robinson Crusoe on Mars
1962 - Geronimo
1959 - The Young Philadelphians
1957 - Voodoo Island

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Captain Rick Wright
8
Adam West (Voiced)
6
Sgt. Ed Kallen
3
George Henry Arnett
3
Himself (Voiced)
3
Jim Beck
3
Proto-Bot (Voiced)
2
Deputy
2
Jonathon K. Martin
2
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

He breathed life into Batman. Adam West was born Billy (William) West Anderson in Walla Walla, Washington, to parents Otto West Anderson and his wife Audrey. At age 10, Adam had a cache of comic books, and Batman made a big impression on him -- the comic hero was part bat-man (ala Count Dracula) and part world's greatest detective (ala Charlie Chan and Sherlock Holmes). When his mom remarried to a Dr. Paul Flothow, she took Adam and his younger brother, John, to Seattle. At 14, Adam attended Lakeside School, then went to Whitman College, where he got a degree in literature and psychology. During his last year of college, he also married 17-year-old Billie Lou Yeager.

Adam got a job as a DJ at a local radio station, then enrolled at Stanford for post-grad courses. Drafted into the Army, he spent the next 2 years starting military TV stations, first at San Luis Obispo, CA, then at Fort Monmouth, NJ. Afterwards, Adam and his wife toured Europe, visiting Germany, Switzerland and Italy's Isle of Capri. When the money ran out, he joined a childhood and college buddy, Carl Hebenstreit, who was starring in the kiddie program "The Kini Popo Show" in Hawaii. Adam would eventually replace Carl but not the other star, Peaches the Chimp. In 1956, he got a divorce, and married a beautiful girl, originally from Tahiti, named Ngatokoruaimatauaia Frisbie Dawson (he called her "Nga" for short). They had a daughter, Jonelle, in 1957 and a son, Hunter, in 1958. In 1959, Adam came to Hollywood. He adopted the stage name "Adam West", which fit his roles, as he was in some Westerns.

After 7 years in Tinseltown, he achieved fame in 1966, in his signature role as Batman, in the wildly popular ABC TV series. (Though he has over 60 movie and over 80 TV guest appearance credits, Batman is what the fans remember him for). The "Batman" (1966) TV series, which lasted three seasons, made him not just nationally but internationally famous. The movie version earned Adam the "Most Promising New Star" award in 1967. The downside was the Batman fame was partly responsible for ruining his marriage, and he would be typecast and almost unemployable for a while after the series ended (he did nothing but personal appearances for 2 years).

In 1972, he met, and then married Marcelle Tagand Lear, so he got two step-kids, Moya and Jill. In addition, they had two children of their own: Nina West (II) in 1976 and Perrin in 1979. You can't keep a good actor down -- Adam's career took off again, and he has been in about 50 projects since then: movies, TV-movies, and sometimes doing voices in TV series. Adam wrote his autobiography "Back to the Batcave" in 1994. One of his most prized possessions is a drawing of Batman by Bob Kane (I) with the inscription "To my buddy, Adam, who breathed life into my pen and ink creation".


TRIVIA:
  • Remained good friends with 'Burt Ward' (qv), during and after the original _"Batman" (1966)_ (qv).
  • After playing the role of a resourceful secret agent in a Nestle's Quik commercial in the early '60s, he caught the eye of ABC execs. They figured that he might be right for an upcoming TV show that was about to be produced, _"Batman" (1966)_ (qv). The rest is history.
  • Member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity
  • He was to be the star of a new western series, "Doc Holliday", in 1959 after the pilot aired on an episode of _"Lawman" (1958)_ (qv) called "The Wayfarer". ABC pulled the plug on the project.
  • Enjoys fishing.
  • His former _"Batman" (1966)_ (qv) co-star, 'Burt Ward' (qv), made a cameo appearance on an episode of _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv), with him, in 2002.
  • West once appeared on the _"Batman" (1992)_ (qv) animated series playing - of all things - an out-of-work actor who was unable to escape his identification with the role of a superhero he had played decades earlier, the Gray Ghost. Prior to this, West had supplied the voice of Batman on the _"SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show" (1984)_ (qv) animated series.
  • Has shared two roles with 'Val Kilmer' (qv): Bruce Wayne/Batman and lawman John "Doc" Holliday. He also shares the latter role with his Batman cast mate, 'Cesar Romero (I)' (qv).


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