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Actor Adam West play the crime-fighting superhero Batman in the 1966 TV series. The phenomenal popularity of the series made West a household name.
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Actor Adam West was born William West Anderson on September 19, 1928, in Walla Walla, Washington. He adopted the stage name Adam West before making his feature film debut in a small but memorable part in the 1959 drama The Young Philadelphians. Although West enjoyed moderate success in films, his big break came when he was chosen to play the crime-fighting superhero Batman in the 1966 TV series.
In 1955, a college acquaintance offered him a role as a sidekick on the Hawaiian children’s program, The Kini Popo Show. Accepting the offer, William moved to Hawaii, where he became a local celebrity among children and adults. While supplementing his income by working as an island tour guide, he caught the attention of a vacationing Hollywood agent, who invited him to screen test for Warner Bros. Studios. After delivering a successful audition, William was signed to a contract and moved to Hollywood. He adopted the stage name Adam West before making his feature film debut in a small but memorable part in the 1959 drama The Young Philadelphians (starring Paul Newman).
Throughout the 1960s, West enjoyed a steady stream of supporting parts in television and film. In 1961, he landed a recurring role as Sergeant Steve Nelson on the hit TV series The Detectives. His most notable film project was as the straight man to the Three Stooges in the Western spoof The Outlaws is Coming (1965). Later that year, West traveled to Italy, where he starred in the spaghetti Western The Relentless Four.
Cesar Romero (as The Joker), Julie Newmar (as Catwoman), Vincent Price (as Egghead), and Roddy McDowall (as Bookworm).
In the summer of 1966, West starred in the full-length feature Batman. The theatrical version pitted the superhero against an all-star cast of villains, including Frank Gorshin's Riddler, Burgess Meredith's Penguin, and Lee Meriwether's Catwoman.
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