Adam West exemplified heroism: Ben Affleck

The TV show was among the most popular in 1966, the year of its debut, and some of the era's top actors signed on to play villains.

Affleck, who played Batman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, paid a tribute to West on Twitter.

West died Friday night after "a short but courageous battle with leukemia", his family said in a statement. And Cesar Romero cackled as the Joker. "This is a terribly unexpected loss of my lifelong friend", Ward said. "Kind, amusing and an all around great guy".

The actor played Batman/Bruce Wayne in the campy 1960's television series and years later landed a recurring role on "Family Guy" as the voice of the mayor of Quahog.

"We share a similar type of humour, we had the best time on Batman and it really showed through". "I will miss him in the physical world and savor him always in the world of imagination and creativity".

"This is a wonderful man who I've spent 75% of the time on this earth working with, who has been a pleasure, just incredible talent, a great father, a great family man, a wonderful human being, just a lot of fun and I'm going to miss him incredibly".

"Adam West's portrayal of Batman was a huge contribution to the Caped Crusader's status as a true pop culture icon". Adam West was playing the role of the superhero detective Batman from the late 30's and early 40's. He knew comedy, and he knew humanity.

Born William West Anderson in Walla Walla, Washington in 1928, the actor later adopted a stage name and moved to Hollywood in 1959.

He graduated from Whitman College, a private liberal arts school, in Walla Walla.

His publicist, Molly Schoneveld, said Saturday that West died after a "short but courageous battle against leukemia".

"Like many others, Adam West as Batman was part of my childhood", said Geoff Johns, President & Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment.

He died peacefully surrounded by his family and is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The statement continued: "Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans' lives".

Affleck joined a host of Hollywood voices who remembered West on social media on Saturday (10 June), after his family released a statement confirming the much-loved star had lost a battle with luekemia.

Mr West supported numerous charities and, in 2001, won $250,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire on behalf of an organisation supporting underprivileged women and children in Idaho.

  • Salvatore Jensen