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'Batman' TV series actor Adam West dies at 88

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Adam West, who originated the role of "Batman" in the 1960s cult TV classic and remained a celebrated actor in the superhero world, died Friday after a short battle with leukemia, according to his family. He was 88.

"There are no words to describe how much we'll miss him," his family said Saturday in a Facebook post to fans. "We know you'll miss him too and we want you to know how much your love and support meant to him throughout the years."

West, a native of Walla Walla, Washington, shot to fame playing the Caped Crusader on the ABC series. Although the show lasted for only three seasons from January 1966 to March 1968, it has lived on in reruns.

The show, based on the D.C. Comics character, took a campy and humorous tone. West as Batman would "KAPOW!" and "BAM!" his way through each episode, successfully thwarting the Joker and his motley crew of evildoers from destroying Gotham City.

In an interview with Variety last year that was tagged to his guest appearance on the CBS comedy "The Big Bang Theory," West said getting to play the World's Greatest Detective seemed to put a damper on his career — but he learned to embrace the enduring part.

"There was a time when 'Batman' really kept me from getting some pretty good roles, and I was asked to do what I figured were important features. However, 'Batman' was there, and very few people would take a chance on me walking on to the screen," West said, adding, "So I decided that since so many people love Batman, I might as well love it too. Why not? So I began to reengage myself with Batman. And I saw the comedy."

West said it was heartwarming to see how beloved his "Batman" has remained five decades later.

"I just think I'm the luckiest guy in the world, really. I am," he told Variety. "I mean, how many people get a chance to create an iconic character and one that goes on?"

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