Adam West Remembered on Social Media: ‘You Were MY Batman’

Adam West: Celebrities Pay Tribute to

Entertainment figures who grew up with Adam West as their first Batman are mourning the actor’s death. West passed away at 88 after a short battle with leukemia on Friday.

While his family has already issued their own official statement on his death, West’s friends, fans, and Hollywood peers paid their respects to the superhero icon on social media Saturday morning.

Filmmaker Edgar Wright expressed his sadness on Twitter, referring to West as “MY Batman.”

Seth MacFarlane thanked West for all of his work on “Family Guy” over the course of 17 years. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have done Mr. Mayor.,” he shared on Twitter. “You’re irreplaceable.”

Director Kevin Smith shared similar sentiments on Instagram, posting a photo of the Caped Crusader.

Oh Batman my Batman! I'm standing on my chair to honor #adamwest – the man whose portrayal of costumed justice made me wanna be a good person when I was a boy. The #adamwestbatman was my first Batman at age 4. His performance was campy to most, but to me, that's how true heroes spoke. A lifelong love of the character started with Mr. West's interpretation of what he called, instead of the Dark Knight, the Bright Knight. He brought joy to a somber character and a Fatherly tone to a TV role model. I was lucky enough to meet Adam many times, including the day at @stanleecomiccon when super-fan @ralphgarman and I hosted Adam, Boy Wonder #burtward and movie Catwoman #leemerriweather (where we took this pic). He was pure love and joy. He remained my hero, even in adulthood, as well as a real life role model for interacting with fans. Adam loved his fans – especially #ralphgarman, who worked tirelessly to get Adam a star on the @officialhollywoodwalkoffame. Farewell, Caped Crusader. Off to Superhero Heaven you go, where all your rascally rogues are ready to see you again! Atomic batteries to power. Turbines to speed. Heart to broken. #KevinSmith #adamwest #batman #foreverbatman #rip #legend #icon

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Many others like Mark Hamill, Matthew Modine, Greg Berlanti, and John Barrowman simply took time to share memories about their original Batman.

Really saddened to hear of Adam West's passing. We will miss you! a lot. RIP

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West’s family even took over his official Twitter page to honor their Bright Knight following his passing.

Born William West Anderson in 1928 in Walla Walla, Wash., the actor later adopted his stage name and began his career in earnest when he moved to Hawaii in the 1950s to star in a local children’s program.

He is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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  1. Brody McCain says:

    Adam West will always BATMAN an always be an iconic part of American history. And American television history. SOCK! POW! ZOK!

  2. I feel like I’m saying good bye to a very old friend. I was a very sick child in and out of the hospital and coming home to watch Batman when I was 6 years old have me such joy. My condolence s to his friends and family. I hope it brings them some peace to know how much joy he brought to do many. RIP ADAM WEST

  3. philip a says:

    You will always be my hero. You are the reason why I fell in love with batman. You will always be the one and only true batman. RIP & condolences to the family.

  4. George Lewis says:

    R.I.P. & condolences to the family. Great actor.

  5. Bill B. says:

    No disrespect to him as a person, but I was a kid when Batman was on television and thought it a stupid show then and I have not changed my opinion. I didn’t understand it’s appeal then, though it was a relatively quick phenomena as a TV series, and I still don’t. He was mighty lucky to land this though.

    • George Lewis says:

      It is “disrespect” by you. Be critical of the show and/or actor as much as you want, EXCEPT in a current article of his death. It’s disrespectful & unkind to the family.

  6. There is only one Real Batman – Adam West. The others had to follow in shoes larger than they could ever fill. Adam West, my Batman, for the final time te Bat Light calls you. Go into the light, go knowing you are loved, respected and remembered. Go knowing you are and always will be our caped hero. Thanks for the great, fun and wonderful times. Thanks for replying on Twitter even when you had so many fans you took time out for me…

  7. Bob Bourgeois says:

    He WAS the real deal. Godspeed.

  8. All good citizens of Gotham weep today, dear chum.

  9. JanetJ says:

    Best Batman of them all.

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