Man, in the same month we’ve lost the two actors who got to portray the iconic roles of James Bond and Batman. So excuse me for saying, what a pisser! That being said, Adam West, obviously best known for playing the first live-action version of the Caped Crusader, got to live a very long life to the ripe old age of 88. It was said he was surrounded by his family at the time of his death.

Batman aside, after going through a rough patch of finding work after the Batman TV series had been cancelled, like so many of his generation, he eventually reemerged doing a hefty amount of voiceover work in the latter part of his life. As far at that racket went, his most notable voiceover role was playing the mayor of “Quahog” on ‘Family Guy.’ Even more recently, he got to return to the role of Batman by voicing the character for a straight to DVD/Blu-ray title called ‘Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.’

Now, what attracted Mr. West to the role he was most famous for?

“The tone of our first show, by Lorenzo Semple Jr., was one of absurdity and tongue in cheek to the point that I found it irresistible,” West said. “I think they recognized that in me from what they’d seen me do before. I understood the material and brought something to it.

“You can’t play Batman in a serious, square-jawed, straight-ahead way without giving the audience the sense that there’s something behind that mask waiting to get out, that he’s a little crazed, he’s strange.”

To put this sad news in perspective, in the last two years we’ve lost the likes of Adam West, Leonard Nimoy and Roger Moore, who all got to play three of the most iconic characters of all-time in TV and feature films. Time is going by too fast! Nuff said.

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