TV’s Batman Adam West gets a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
For the generation that first encountered a Batman who was as likely to smile as snarl, a Dark Knight who is too dark will never ring true. There was a lot of camp in the 1960s TV Show, but the values of a hero were rock solid. Adam West’s Batman was the incarnation that exploded the Caped Crusader from the insular world of comic books into the stratosphere of international pop culture. It is wonderful to see his contribution finally acknowledged. The 83 year old actor was finally awarded a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s walk of fame. Like many covering this story, we were astonished it hadn’t happened before now.
He is now arguably the most famous of all the pantheon of superheroes.
But it was 1960s TV star Adam West who transformed Batman from comic book favourite to pop culture icon.
And he has finally recognised with a spot on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame today, nearly 50 years since the show originally aired.
Adam, 83, was overjoyed as he was given the 2,468th star on the famous attraction, sitting in front of the Guinness World Records Museum.
Appropriately enough he has one of his own, as his 156 individual screen appearances as Batman are the most appearances as the character by any actor.
He was joined by guest speakers Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane and radio personality Ralph Garman, who is a voice on the series.
They were there as the veteran thespian is the voice of Mayor Adam West on the hit Fox cartoon show.
West, who was born William West Anderson, began his career more than half a century ago as a disc jockey and television host.
In 1959, he moved to Hollywood after landing a contract with Warner Brothers, making his movie debut opposite Paul Newman in The Young Philadelphians that same year.
His early success continued as he won roles on Maverick, Bonanza, The Outer Limits, and a co-starring role for a season on The Detectives.
But his biggest role came when producer William Dozier handpicked him to play Batman for the ABC TV series.
He revelled in hamming it up in the campy role and helped the show become a pop-culture phenomenon in the 1960s.