Adam West (September 19, 1928 — June 9, 2017, making him terrifically old) was an American actor best known for portraying Batman in the 1960s, where his quirky personality, detective abilities, and macho assets were first showcased to the public. West's friends and colleagues have described his stage presence as "resonating like the howling of a bat watching over a town...a town where he was the mayor."
West was born in Seattle, Washington as William West Anderson, to what are believed to have been loving parents. They called him Willy, sometimes even Billy, but they never called him Bill. That, West claimed once, would have made him confused and terrified. He has a younger brother named John whom he called Johnny occasionally. He loved his brother very much.
West attended Walla Walla High School during his freshman and sophomore years, and he later enrolled in Lakeside School after getting angry that the Walla Walla cheerleading squad wouldn't use his "Walla Walla/Make 'em holla/Fucky sucky for a dollah" chant, which West states came to him after hours of intense alone time in the girls locker room.
After his formative high school years, West decided he should probably go to college. After all, he could get drunk there. This is when he elected to attend Whitman College, a college considered by West to be quite appropriately named after its location in Whitman, Massachusetts, but he was wrong. It was actually named after two missionaries who were brutally slaughtered twelve years prior to its founding. West was also wrong about the free alcohol offered by the school. He learned only fraternities gave away free beer. This is when he joined the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, a fraternity whose members seemed to be infatuated in some strange sense with the Greek alphabet, much like every other fraternity and their feminine counterpart, the maternity.
Shortly after learning Whitman College was actually named after two missionaries who were brutally slain, the rambunctious West decided he would devote his life to avenging their murders. This is when began studying literature and psychology, the two subjects, West thought, that would help him fight crime. He also participated in the speech and debate teams. He graduated from Whitman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature and a minor in psychology. West was quite proud of himself and decided to move to Hawaii for a few years to train his body with the Hawaiian martial arts masters.
In Hawaii, West landed a role as the sidekick of a well-known local hero named El Kini Popo, a chimp who had his own television series. West quickly surpassed the chimp in ability and took over as the star of the show.
Some time after ridding Hawaii of all the evil villains lurking about, West moved to Hollywood and began using the pseudonym "Adam West." In his autobiography Back to the Batcave he states that he chose "Adam" simply because he thought it was fearsome and could scare all the evildoers in the corrupt town. Also, he said it was because "Adam" sounded cool with "West", his mother's maiden name. His close friends and family still refer to him as Willy, sometimes even Billy, but never Bill. Being called "Bill" would frighten Adam West to no end.
While fighting crime in Hollywood, West began posing as an actor. Using his experience fighting ne'er-do-wells, he garnered several roles in law enforcement shows and films, such as The Young Philadelphians, Johnny Midnight, and The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor. These roles prepared West for his biggest challenge: wearing the infamous cowl of the world's greatest superhero, Batman.
Following a battle on Apokolips against the evil tyrant Darkseid, Bruce Wayne was presumed dead. Robin came to West and plead with him to become Batman, as he was the only one on Earth with the sense of justice needed to be Batman. Also, he was also the only one who filled out the spandex in the crouch region. Originally, the duo asked Lyle Waggoner, but he proved lacking in size. Waggoner later dated Wonder Woman, so things weren't so bad.
During his time as Batman, West defeated many of the world's greatest villains, including The Joker, Jeffrey Dahmer, Charlton Heston and his league, and random people named Bill. His leadership of Wayne Enterprises spawned several technological advancements, including the home computer and the moon lander used by the Apollo 11 astronauts in 1969.
Two years passed with West as the keeper the Dark Knight's cowl when Bruce Wayne returned. West turned over the mantle of Batman back to Wayne despite Wayne's pleas for Adam to keep the role.
Having accomplished so much, West decided he wanted some time off. The director of the film Diamonds Are Forever came to West one stormy night in 1970 and begged West to be James Bond. However, West declined and told the director, "[to] find some dumb British guy named Bill to play Bond! HAH!" Instead, Sean Connery reprised the role.
To fill his time, West began playing golf and guest-starring on several TV shows, ranging from Laverne & Shirley and Bewitched to Zorro (where he bested Zorro in a fencing contest) and 30 Rock. After his appearance on The Love Boat, the entire female cast became pregnant.
Over the years, Bruce Wayne has become incapacitated and rendered unable to perform his duties as Batman numerous times. It has been on these occasions when Adam West had stepped in and re-fulfilled the role of the Dark Knight. The aging West said he was always happy to aid in the quest to defeat villainy.
When West isn't busy saving the day or impressing the ladies, he can be found either doing interviews on Conan O'Brien's newest show or solving crimes all by himself. One of the most memorable cases solved by West was the incident of the missing mother. A young blond-haired lad named Johnny came to West to help find his mother. Following the clues, West managed to reunite the young boy with his mother in under half a day.
Several psychologists have tried to imprison West in sanatoriums, stating he believes himself to be a detective and has disrupted police investigations repeatedly. According to West, these psychologists are just lackeys of a secret organization of Bills.
In 1999, West was elected as mayor of the sleepy town of Quahog, Rhode Island. As mayor, he has put an end to corruption in the city's political system, reduced taxes, created the first sausage farm on his own property, and improved the public education system. Unfortunately, despite all the good he's done as mayor, West remains unable to track down who it is that has been stealing the water he gives to his plants, but he remains adamant that it is someone named Bill.
Adam West's genitalia have become the subject of much adoration of the American female population. West has been married thrice. His first wife, Billie Lou Yeager (married 1950–1956), left him after his mysterious late night disappearances. At the time, she was unaware West was out fighting crime. Crushed, West immediately starting seeing Frisbie Dawson (married 1957–1962) and married her after less than a year of dating. She left the young West after they moved to Hollywood. After his second divorce, West became increasingly popular with the ladies and his fame grew immensely. During his time as Batman, West was romantically involved with both Batgirl and Catwoman, often at the same time. It was in 1970 that West was again decided to settle down, and he married his current wife Marcelle Tagand Lear. Luckily for West's fans, Marcelle is fine having an open marriage.
More recently, West dated Meg Griffin, an underaged mayoral assistance. He left her after finding that she had not yet turned 18. Even more recently, the Black Swan actress Mila Kunis has been seen flying around with West in his jet. There were several reports that the two were "flapping their wings" together. He also once married his own right hand, but the marriage was annulled after West discovered his right hand holding another hand, his left, on their honeymoon.