Adam West, who played 1960s-era Batman, dies at 88

A rep confirmed that the actor, most known for his iconic portrayal of Batman in the 1960s television series, lost his battle with leukemia Friday evening, June 9. "He was and always will be our hero", they said in a statement.

"Adam set the bar so high for portraying the role of Batman", the 83-year-old actress told ET over the phone on Saturday.

The series, which lasted three seasons and enjoyed an afterlife in syndication, made West internationally famous.

"Farewell Adam West. You were MY Batman", Wright wrote. West received continued success in the ABC series "Batman". Numerous Hollywood luminaries stepped in to play Batman's demented adversaries in the show's 120 episodes. His final outing as the character would come in 2016 with the release of Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (a sequel has been announced for this year, featuring William Shatner as the voice of Two-Face). Most recently, West's distinctive voice could be heard as the Mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island - also named "Adam West" - on the animated comedy "Family Guy".

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The list of entertaining thugs who played opposite West was long and illustrious: actresses Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether and Eartha Kitt played Catwoman; Cesar Romero played the Joker; Burgess Meredith played the Penguin; and Frank Gorshin and John Astin played the Riddler. "You know, just as he's about to put her in (jail), Batman says to Catwoman, 'You give me curious stirrings in my utility belt.' That's amusing stuff".

"Batman" was the role he would remain associated with throughout his life. "RIP Adam West. #pow" - Filmmaker Leslye Headland on Twitter. He then proceeded to make a career for himself on television and in films, including the Three Stooges movie, The Outlaws Is Coming.

See Exhibit A: "Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb!" "We played it terribly serious, and that's half the fun of it".

West is survived by his third wife, Marcelle Tagand Lear, and their six children.