Adam West (born William West Anderson; September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017) was an American actor. Widely known for his role as Batman in the 1960s ABC series of the same name and its 1966 theatrical feature film, his career spanned seven decades.
West began acting in films in the 1950s. He played opposite Chuck Connors in Geronimo (1962) and The Three Stooges in The Outlaws Is Coming (1965). He also appeared in the science fiction film Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964), and performed voice work on The Fairly OddParents, The Simpsons, and Family Guy, playing fictional versions of himself in all three.
West married Billie Lou Yeager in 1950, and they divorced in 1956. He married Ngahra Frisbie in 1957, and they divorced in 1962. Together, they had two children.
West married Marcelle Tagand Lear in 1970. Together, they had four children.
During the Batman television series, West’s relationship with co-star Burt Ward has been described as “problematic”. He said “Burt fell victim to making up stories to sell books. But in a way it was flattering, because he made me sound like King Kong.”West said that he played Batman “for laughs, but in order to do [that], one had to never think it was funny. You just had to pull on that cowl and believe that no one would recognize you.”
West died in Los Angeles on June 9, 2017 following a brief battle with leukemia. He was 88.
Quotes forAdam West (Character)
from “The Fairly OddParents” (2001)
“Family Guy: Brothers & Sisters (#9.15)” (2011)
Mayor Adam West: We’d best get inside before the local Nobleman asserts his right of Prima Nocte.
British Nobleman: [On horseback] Aha! I must bless this union with my soggy penis!
Mayor Adam West: Oh no, he’s here! Run!
[the nobleman starts chasing them around the front lawn]
British Nobleman: Come hither that I may sire upon you a dreary Brit!
[Doorbell rings, Lois answers the door]
Lois Griffin: Mayor West? What are you doing here?
Mayor Adam West: I’m being a rascal and ringing people’s doorbells and running away.
Lois Griffin: Then what are you still doing here?
Mayor Adam West: It’s my first house. I’m not very good at this.
Carol Pewterschmidt: Adam, I want to spend the rest of my Iife with you.
Mayor Adam West: Carol, nothing would make me happier.
Peter Griffin: Hey, when it’s your turn to say “I do,” you should say, “I do the Dew. ” And then we both pull out a Mountain Dew, and then I do, Iike, a radical skateboard jump off the altar.
Mayor Adam West: Well, obviously, yeah.
“The Big Bang Theory: The Celebration Experimentation (#9.17)” (2016)
Adam West: So who’s taking me home?
Adam West: There’s another reason I should be higher on the list: all those other guys had muscles built in their costumes. All I had on my bat-suit was 100% grade-A West.
Sheldon Cooper: Thank you all so much for coming. Beverly, Wil Wheaton, Adam West for some reason…
Leonard Hofstadter: Batman finally came to your party.
Adam West: Happy birthday, Sherman!
Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt (2003) (TV)
Adam West: [after meeting on the set for the first time] Why don’t we take some time and discuss our approaches to the role?
Burt Ward: Well, I just plan on saying my lines.
[sees looks of surprise on faces of West and director]
Burt Ward: Is there more to it than that?
Adam West: [trying to put it delicately] Uhhh, well, yeah. Maybe a little
Sexy fan: Can I get an autograph, too?
[exposes a portion of her left breast for Adam to sign on]
Adam West: You know this is a… permanent marker.
Sexy fan: Good. I hope it lasts forever.
Adam West: Has anybody seen my bat suit?
“Family Guy: Blue Harvest (#6.1)” (2007)
Admiral Motti: Any attack made by the Rebels against this station would be a useless gesture, no matter what technical data they’ve obtained. This station is now the ultimate power in the universe.
Stewie (Darth Vader): That is fantastic. Terrific work. So no weaknesses at all?
Admiral Motti: N… no.
Stewie (Darth Vader): You, uh, you hesitated there. Is there something I should know?
Admiral Motti: No, it’s virtually indestructible, like 99.99%.
Stewie (Darth Vader): Uh, okay, wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t ask what’s the 0.01?
Admiral Motti: Well, I mean, there’s this little hole. It was kind of an aesthetic choice by the architect. And if you shoot a laser into this hole, the station blows up.
Stewie (Darth Vader): Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! That sounds like a pretty big design flaw, then.
Admiral Motti: No, no, the hole’s only two meters across.
Mayor Adam West (Grand Moff Tarkin): Well, that’s no bigger than a womp rat.
Admiral Motti: Exactly. And even to get within range of it, you have to skim along this whole trench. It’s not a big deal.
Stewie (Darth Vader): Can’t we board it up or, you know, put some plywood over it or something?
Admiral Motti: Well, that would look terrible. I mean, we gotta think about resale.
Stewie (Darth Vader): Resale? What are you talking about? This property is right above Sunset. The value is only going to go up.
Admiral Motti: Lord Vader, your inside references to the Los Angeles real estate market haven’t given you the clairvoyance to turn a profit on that condo in Glendale. Nor has it…
Stewie (Darth Vader): [Vader begins to choke him] I find your lack of faith disturbing. That property is in a prime location! Twenty minutes to the beach, twenty minutes to downtown!
Admiral Motti: [choking] There’s nothing to do downtown!
Mayor Adam West (Grand Moff Tarkin): Enough of this! Vader, release him!
Stewie (Darth Vader): As you wish.
Stewie (Darth Vader): All right, so were’ going to plug up that hole?
Imperial Officer: Yeah, we can get it done tomorrow if price is no object.
Stewie (Darth Vader): Ehhhh…
Imperial Officer: We’ll get estimates.
Stewie (Darth Vader): Get estimates, yeah, yeah.
Mayor Adam West (Grand Moff Tarkin): Princess Leia, we’ve chosen to test our Death Star planet blower-upper gun on your home planet of Alderaan.
Lois (Princess Leia): No!
Mayor Adam West (Grand Moff Tarkin): [to Vader] She said no. Should we still do it?
Stewie (Darth Vader): …Yeah.
“The King of Queens: Shear Torture (#8.6)” (2005)
[Spence has decided not to take Lou Ferrigno to a Sci-Fi convention because Adam West agreed to go]
Adam West: If you ran into Bill Shatner this morning, would you have dumped me too?
Spence Olchin: I want to say “no,” but I’m so weak.
Adam West: This is why me, Lou, Bill, and Lee Majors look out for each other. To protect ourselves from pasty-faced opportunists such as yourself.
Lou Ferrigno: We hear you have a hot hairdresser.
Adam West: We want in!
“Family Guy: Deep Throats (#4.23)” (2006)
Mayor Adam West: Jem, you are outrageous. Truly, truly, truly outrageous…
Mayor Adam West: Perhaps it was the Noid who should have avoided ME.
“Family Guy: E. Peterbus Unum (#2.18)” (2000)
Peter Griffin: Well how about you just give me your pen?
Adam West: You mean this cheap little pen we have millions of back at the office?
Peter Griffin: Yeah.
Adam West: No!
Police Officer: Hey. That’s Against the law. You’re coming with me.
Peter Griffin: [singing to the tune of U Can’t Touch this] Ah ah ah. Can’t Touch Me/ Can’t Touch me/ Ja ja ja ja just like the bad guy/ from Lethal Weapon 2/ I’ve got diplomatic Immunity/ so Hammer, you can’t sue/ I can write graffiti even jay-walk in the streets/ I can Riot, loot, not give a hoot, and touch your sister’s teat/ Can’t touch me/ Can’t touch me/
Adam West: What in God’s name is he doing?
Peter Griffin: Can’t Touch me.
Cleveland: I believe that’s the worm.
Peter Griffin: [still singing] Can’t touch me/ STOP, Peter time/ I’m a big shot, there’s no doubt/ light a fire then pee it out/ Don’t like it, kiss my rump/ Just for a minute, let’s all do the bump/ Can’t touch me/ Yeah, do the Peter Griffin Bump/ Can’t touch me/ I’m Presidential Peter/ Interns think I’m hot/ Don’t care if you’re handicapped, I’ll still park in your spot/ I’ve been around the world/ from Hartford to Back Bay/ It’s Peter, Go Peter, I’m so Peter, Yo Peter, Let’s see Regis rap this way/ Can’t touch me.
“Family Guy: Believe It or Not, Joe’s Walking on Air (#6.3)” (2007)
Peter Griffin: What did you do with your wheelchair?
Joe: I gave it away.
Chris Griffin: [cut to Chris speeding downhill in Joe’s wheelchair, crashing through Mayor West’s gate and landing in a flower bed] Whee!
Adam West: My tulips! You dick.
“Family Guy: And Then There Were Fewer (#9.1)” (2010)
Peter Griffin: Oh, my God! Are those Stephanie’s underpants?
Glen Quagmire: Oh, God.
Mayor Adam West: They’re huge!
Stewie Griffin: Looks like the crotch got chewed on by a walrus mouth.
Lois Griffin: Look, it’s got flowers! Ha, I mean, why bother? Who’s gonna see ’em?
Mayor Adam West: Maybe someone in space.
[Everyone starts laughing]
Glen Quagmire: Come on, guys, can’t we all just be glad she’s dead?
Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (2005) (V)
Tricia Takanawa: Here comes Mayor Adam West himself. Mr. West, do you have any words for our viewers?
Mayor Adam West: Yes: box, toaster, aluminum, maple syrup- no I take that one back. I’m gonna hold on to that one.
Tricia Takanawa: Thank you, Mayor West.
“Family Guy: Quagmire’s Mom (#13.10)” (2015)
Judge: Mr. Quagmire, your story is a sad one, but that doesn’t excuse your actions. I have no choice but to sentence you to 20 years in prison.
Crystal Quagmire: [comes into the courtroom] Oh, no you don’t!
Glenn Quagmire: Mom?
Other men in the courtroom: Crystal?
Mayor Adam West: Ha! She’s enjoyed many men.
“Family Guy: PTV (#4.14)” (2005)
FCC officer: [at a urinal] Two shakes, that’s it. Move along.
Adam West: Thank you, tinkle fairy.
“Family Guy: Encyclopedia Griffin (#13.11)” (2015)
Mayor Adam West: You were set up too, huh?
Peter Griffin: Yeah.
Mayor Adam West: You realize that kid is plowing both our wives right now.
“Family Guy: It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One (#5.17)” (2007)
Doctor: Mayor West, I’m afraid you have lymphoma.
Adam West: Oh.
Doctor: Probably from rolling around in that toxic waste.
Adam West: I see.
Doctor: What in God’s name were you trying to prove?
Adam West: I was trying to gain super powers.
Doctor: Well, that’s just silly!
Adam West: Silly, yes. Idiotic, yes.
“Family Guy: Wasted Talent (#2.20)” (2000)
Mayor Adam West: All right, listen to me you long-neck bastard. You give me the scroll and I make you Head of Sanitation Services for the entire city. It’s a do-nothing job, sweetcake.
“Family Guy: Peter’s Got Woods (#4.11)” (2005)
Adam West: Want some corn?
Brian Griffin: Sure.
[Brian reaches into the bag, but withdraws when his paw becomes sticky with a viscous substance]
Brian Griffin: What kind of corn is this?
Adam West: Creamed corn, I brought it from home. I don’t like the corn they have here, it’s too crunchy.
“Family Guy: I Take Thee, Quagmire (#4.21)” (2006)
Brian Griffin: Well, I guess that’s not the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen on a gameshow. Remember that time Mayor Adam West appeared on Jeopardy?
Alex Trebek: Alright players, the answer is, “It was the first spacecraft on the surface of Mars.” Adam, what was your response?
[West reveals that he has written “Kebert Xela” as his answer]
Alex Trebek: Kebert Xela.
[There is a flash of light, and Trebek vanishes with a scream. The other contestants look shocked]
Mayor Adam West: Only saying his name backwards can send him back to the Fifth Dimension, where he belongs.
“The Fairly OddParents: Miss Dimmsdale/Mind Over Magic (#3.14)” (2003)
Adam West: Alright Timmy, I’ll see you in one week!
[time card appears on-screen that reads “4 Days Later”]
Adam West: Hi, Timmy! I’ll see you in three days!
“Family Guy: Thanksgiving (#10.6)” (2011)
Joe Swanson: [after Kevin explains how he faked his death and went AWOL] How could you do that?
Mayor Adam West: Coward!
Carter Pewterschmidt: Traitor!
Chris Griffin: If *you* think I’m gonna masturbate after *this* tonight, you’re right!
“Family Guy: Breaking Out Is Hard to Do (#4.9)” (2005)
Adam West: Damnit, Swanson, I want them found!
Joe Swanson: Mayor West, we have every available man looking for the Griffins, we just don’t have any leads.
Adam West: Not the Griffins, you moron! The rest of my Lite Brite pieces! My name isn’t “Adam We”… or is it? Who am I? What number did you call? Don’t ever call here again.
[he hangs up the phone]
Adam West: I guess I told him! Nobody messes with Adam We!
“Family Guy: Prick Up Your Ears (#5.6)” (2006)
Mayor Adam West: Prepare to meet your maker at the hand of my cat launcher.
“Family Guy: Brian’s Play (#11.10)” (2013)
Mayor Adam West: Excuse me, that’s my seat.
[takes the seat out of the theater]
Mayor Adam West: We’ll talk about this at home.
“The Fairly OddParents: Channel Chasers (#4.8)” (2004)
Adam West: [Cosmo and Wand are being pulled toward a taxi-a voice comes gleefully over the intercom] Hey there, fairy folks! This is Adam West saying remember to buckle up!
“The Critic: Eyes on the Prize (#1.6)” (1994)
Jay Sherman: Well, I’ll say thank you for the years of laughter and tears!
Adam West: What tears would those be?
Jay Sherman: Why, tears of… laughter!
“Family Guy: Brian Wallows and Peter’s Swallows (#3.17)” (2002)
Brian Griffin: The sixties brought the hippie breed / And decades later, things have changed indeed / We lost the values, but we kept the weed / You’ve got a lot to see / The Reagan years have laid the frame / For movie stars to play the White House game / We’re not to far from voting Feldman-Haim / You’ve got a lot to see / The town of Vegas / Has got a different face / ‘Cause it’s a family place / With lots to do / Where in the fifties / A man could mingle with scores / Of all the seediest whores / Well now his children can too / You heard it from the canine’s mouth / The country’s changed, that is except the South / And you’ll agree / No one really knows, my dear lady friend / Just quite how it all will end / So hurry, ’cause you’ve got a lot to see / The baldness gene was cause for dread / But that’s a fear that you can put to bed / They’ll shave your ass and glue it on your head / You’ve got a lot to see / The PC age has moved the bar / A word like “redneck” is a step too far / The proper term is “country music star” / You’ve got a lot to see / Our flashy cell phones / Make people mumble, “Gee whiz” / “Look how important he is” / “His life must rule” / You’ll get a tumor / But on your surgery day / The doc will see it and say / “Wow, you must really be cool” /
Tom Tucker: There’s lots of things you may have missed!
Adam West: Like Pee-Wee and his famous wrist!
Cleveland: Or Sandy Duncan’s creepy phony eye!
Neil Goldman: That awesome “Thundercats” cartoon!
Diane Simmons: Neil Armstrong landing on the moon!
Meg Griffin: Neil Armstrong? Wait, was he the trumpet guy?
Brian Griffin: So let’s go see the USA / They’ll treat you right, unless you’re black or gay / Or Cherokee / But you can forgive he world and its flaws / And follow me there, because / You’ve still got a hell of a lot to see / You’ve got a lot to see /
Adam West’s 17 Funniest Quotes As Batman
1. “It’s obvious. Only a criminal would disguise himself as a licensed, bonded guard yet callously park in front of a fire hydrant.”
2. “We’ve come a long way from the Prime Minister’s exploding cake. Or have we?”
3. “Salt and corrosion. The infamous old enemies of the crime fighter”
4. “A reporter’s lot is not easy, making exciting stories out of plain, average, ordinary people like Robin and me.”
5. “It’s sometimes difficult to think clearly when you’re strapped to a printing press.”
6. Robin: “You can’t get away from Batman that easy!”
Batman: “Good grammar is essential, Robin.”
Robin: “Thank you.”
Batman: “You’re welcome.”
7. “Yes, he moves very quickly for an overstuffed and unlikely Egyptian Pharaoh”
8. Robin: “Let’s go!”
Batman: “Not you, Robin. They have strict licensing laws in this country. A boy of your age is not allowed in a drinking tavern.”
9. Chief O’Hara: “Will you be wanting extra police protection?”
Batman: “No thank you, Chief O’Hara. This time I think Robin and I better go at it alone. Any large contingent of police officers might create unnecessary confusion.
10. “Catwoman, I find you to be odious, abhorrent, and insegrievious.”
11. “Robin: Where’d you get a live fish, Batman?”
Batman: “The true crimefighter always carries everything he needs in his utility belt, Robin.”
12. “It is the duty of every good citizen of Gotham City to report meeting a man from Mars in a public park”.
13. “No, Robin. With my head sticking out of this neosaurus costume, I might not appear like an ordinary, run of the mill crimefighter.”
14. “Bartender, a bit of advice. Always inspect a jukebox carefully. These machines can be deadly.”
15. “Let that be a lesson. In future, be more careful from who you accept free lemonade
16. (after coming through Barbara’s window): “We would have entered the building by more conventional means, but we didn’t want to startle the tenants.”
17. “That’s one trouble with dual identities, Robin. Dual responsibilities.
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West in The Detectives (1961)
|Born||William West Anderson
September 19, 1928
Walla Walla, Washington, U.S.
|Died||June 9, 2017 (aged 88)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Whitman College|