Adam West

Actor


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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In his two-an-a-half-hour Archive interview, actor Adam West (1928-2017) talks about his early years in television, when he was under contract with Warner Bros. and appeared on many episodes of the studio's TV westerns. He speaks in great detail about the role with which he is most identified, Batman. He discusses his casting in the role, his approach to the character, and specific production details, which gave the series its comic book look. He also discusses working with co-star Burt Ward and the Hollywood luminaries who guest starred as villains, including: Frank Gorshin, Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero, Otto Preminger, Liberace, and Milton Berle. He talks about his career after the series ended, which left him typecast. He then discusses his later work, including his voiceover roles in animated series, including The Family Guy, where he plays an exaggerated version of himself, "Mayor Adam West." Stephen J. Abramson conducted the interview on March 16, 2006.

"I'll probably be remembered as 'Batman,' mostly. It's okay with me because it's given so many people worldwide so much pleasure. Many actors don't get the opportunity to do that."

Highlights
Adam West on how the quick change on the "batpoles" were filmed on Batman
01:04
Actor Adam West on his first TV appearance on Colt .45
01:22
Adam West on voicing "Mayor Adam West" on Family Guy
04:35
Adam West on working with the cast and guest actors on Batman
26:46
Adam West on his final thoughts on Batman
08:42
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early years and education
09:09
On beginning his career in film and television (working on Warner Bros. western series)
18:26

Chapter 2

On his early television work
22:50
On being cast as Batman
05:11

Chapter 3

On starring in Batman
26:34

Chapter 4

On working with the cast and guest actors on Batman
27:57

Chapter 5

On his final thoughts on Batman
08:42
On his post-Batman work, including voicing a role on The Family Guy; on how he would like to be remembered
18:47
Shows

Batman

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Adam West on being cast in the title role on Batman
05:11
Adam West on starring in Batman
26:34
Adam West on working with the cast and guest actors on Batman
26:46
Adam West on how the quick change on the "batpoles" were filmed on Batman
01:04
Adam West on his final thoughts on Batman
08:42

Colt .45

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Actor Adam West on his first TV appearance on Colt .45
01:22

Family Guy

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Adam West on voicing "Mayor Adam West" on Family Guy
04:35

Maverick

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Actor Adam West on his early TV appearances on Maverick
02:30
Topics

Characters & Catchphrases

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Adam West on how the quick change on the "batpoles" were filmed on Batman
01:04
Genres

Western Series

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Actor Adam West on his first TV appearance on Colt .45
01:22

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