Adam West, TV's Batman, Dies at 88

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A rep said that he died after a short battle with leukemia.

"Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans' lives", West's children said in the statement.

West died Friday night after "a short but fearless battle with leukemia", his publicist, Molly Schoneveld, said Saturday in a statement.

His death was confirmed on his official Twitter account with a post credited to the West family. West in recent years did a range of voice-over work, on such shows as Adult Swim's "Robot Chicken" and Disney Channel's "Jake and the Neverland Pirates".

While Christian Bale might be the actor that Gen Xers and Millennials most closely associate with the Caped Crusader, for baby boomers, it has been and will always be West.

West became a pop culture icon after Batman first aired in 1966. The show was later cancelled after its third season in 1968.

When West took on the tights, he stoked the stoicism for laughs: a superhero letting everyone know he was in on the joke. Adam West was a big part of my childhood.

It's fair to say Batman has worn a number of masks since the character launched almost eight decades ago; it's also fair to say that few - if any - have proved as lasting as West's portrayal. "Adam and I had a special friendship for more than 50 years", he said.

Adam West dead: 'Batman' actor was 88
In going to Hollywood, West, born William West Anderson on September 19, 1928, followed the dream of his mother, Audrey V. "Hug your loved ones today", read a statement posted on Facebook by the actor's family. (AP Photo/Mark Elias, File).

There will only ever be "one real Batman" in Burt Ward's eyes.

He added: "I think they recognised that in me from what they'd seen me do before". "And that is: if I am being turned down for other roles because of my association with Batman, then maybe what I should do is really embrace Batman". Why not? So I began to re-engage myself with Batman.

West made his feature debut in 1959's "The Young Philadelphians", starring Paul Newman.

After the cancellation of the series, West found it hard to land other acting jobs, even though he was an established film and TV actor, because he had become so linked to the Batman role.

- Jason O'Mara (@jason_omara)RIP Adam West countless brilliant memories based around YOUR BATMAN.

With its impressive-for-the-time production values and sunny Los Angeles backdrop, the series has a visual flair that copies the comic books, and the arched-eyebrow performances from West, Ward, and various guest stars grant the show some kooky character.

West was married three times, and had six children. Burgess Meredith squawked as the Penguin.