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Name: Adam West  
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Date of Birth: 19th September 1928
Place of Birth: Walla Walla, Washington, USA
Profession: Actor
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Adam West as Batman

Adam West (born William West Anderson on September 19, 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington) is best known as the actor who played the role of Batman on the original television program that ran from 1966 to 1968.


West grew up reading the Batman comics. He graduated from nearby Whitman College where he majored in literature and psychology and was married. He served two years in the United States Army. He worked as a disc jockey, truck driver, and cowboy, then travelled with his wife around Europe, where he sometimes worked as a milkman. Eventually he settled in Hawaii where he got a role on a light entertainment show called The Kini Popo Show. In Hawaii he divorced his first wife and married a Hawaiian.

In the 1960s, various roles in films and television brought him to the attention of William Dozier, who cast him as Batman in the 1960s hit television series. West has said he was also invited to play James Bond after Sean Connery decided to give up the role, and that he was almost part of the three big B's of the 1960s: Bond, Batman, and The Beatles. The Batman show was internationally successful as light camp entertainment, running from 1966 to 1968 and even producing a feature film.

After the show ended, West was typecast as Batman and had trouble playing other roles; audiences identified him as Batman and no one else. Even his convincing lead performance as cynical tough guy Johnny Cain in the 1969 film The Girl Who Knew Too Much did not erode his Batman image.

He never stopped working after Batman and during the 1970s and 1980s appeared in a range of B-grade films and non-aired TV pilots, including The Happy Hooker goes to Hollywood about the famed call girl, Xaviera Hollander.

During the 1990s he achieved partial cult status, appearing as himself in such films as The Size of Watermelons and Drop Dead Gorgeous. West has has also lent his voice to several animated television series, including The Simpsons and the animated Batman television series. In 1991 he starred in the pilot episode for Lookwell!, in which he portrayed a washed-up TV action hero who falsely believes he can solve crimes in real life. The pilot, written by Conan O'Brien and Robert Smigel, has accrued a reputation for being one of the funniest potential series not to be picked up by a network. It was later broadcast on the Trio channel.

West had a cameo appearance on the Fox animated version of Batman, Batman: The Animated Series. In the episode "Beware the Gray Ghost", West voices The Gray Ghost, a tribute to early superhero characters like The Shadow and the Crimson Avenger, and an early childhood inspiration to Bruce Wayne.

West makes semi-regular appearances on the animated series Family Guy, on which he plays Adam West, the near-lunatic mayor of fictional Quahog, Rhode Island (though "Mayor Adam West" was not originally intended to be voiced by the real Adam West.)

Adam West also appears on Nickelodeon's animated series The Fairly OddParents, with the same personality as Family Guy portrayed. A few episodes make fun of his role as Batman by casting him as Adam West, the superhero Catman and major Hollywood star. He also voiced cartoon roles on Kim Possible as Timothy North, a washed-up actor who believes he is the superhero he portrayed on televsion, The Fearless Feret. He also stared on the Cartoon Network series Johnny Bravo.

He is also a canny investor who has appeared on FOXs Cashin' In show about the stock market and investments in general. (Wayne Rogers is another investing actor who has appeared on the show).


  • Voodoo Island (1957)
  • The Young Philadelphians (1959)
  • The FBI Story (1959) (voice only)
  • Geronimo (1962)
  • Tammy and the Doctor (1963)
  • Soldier in the Rain (1963)
  • Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)
  • The Relentless Four (1965)
  • The Outlaws Is Coming (1965)
  • Mara of the Wilderness (1965)
  • Batman (1966)
  • The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1969)
  • Hollywood Blue (1970) (documentary)
  • The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker (1971)
  • Curse of the Moon Child (1972)
  • Tactical Guerilla (1974)
  • The Specialist (1975)
  • Fiona (1977)
  • Hooper (1978) (Cameo)
  • The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980)
  • One Dark Night (1983)
  • Hellriders (1984)
  • Young Lady Chatterly II (1985)
  • Zombie Nightmare (1986)
  • Night of the Kickfighters (1988)
  • Doin' Time on Planet Earth (1988)
  • Going Undercover (1988)
  • Omega Cop (1990)
  • Mad About You (1990)
  • Return Fire (1991)
  • Maxim Xul (1991)
  • The Best Movie Ever Made (1994) (Cameo)
  • The New Age (1994)
  • Not This Part of the World (1994)
  • Ride for Your Life (1995) (short subject)
  • The Clinic (1995)
  • The Size of Watermelons (1996) (Cameo)
  • Joyride (1996)
  • Redux Riding Hood (1997) (short subject) (voice)
  • An American Vampire Story (1997)
  • Behind the Sting (1999) (documentary)
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) (Cameo)
  • Seance (2001)
  • From Heaven to Hell (2002)
  • Baadasssss! (2003)
  • Tales from Beyond (2004)
  • Buckaroo (2005)
  • Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (2005) (voice only)
  • Angels with Angles (2005) (currently in post-production)
  • Chicken Little (2005) (voice) (currently in post-production)
  • Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt (2005)
  • Frankie the Squirrel (2006) (currently in post-production)

TV Work

  • The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor (cast member from 1961-1962)
  • Batman (1966-1968)
  • Batgirl (1967) (short to present Yvonne Craig's character to ABC executives for the third season of Batman)
  • Alexander the Great (1968)
  • Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984) (voice of Batman)
  • The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985) (voice of Batman)
  • Family Guy (as Mayor Adam West)
  • The Batman (2004-2005) (as Mayor Grange)
  • The Fairly OddParents (voices himself as Catman)
  • The Adventures of Pete and Pete (Principal Kent Schwinger)
  • Kim Possible (Timothy North in 'The Fearless Ferret')

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