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Adam West in Batman

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Adam West, star of the 1960’s Batman series died Friday night in Los Angeles after a short battle with Leukemia. The original Batman, West started is acting career in 1959 and was giving the role of the iconic comic book superhero in 1966. The Batman series ran until 1968 and and it includes a feature film that was released in 1966.

After putting down the Batman cape, West performed smaller roles in movies and voiceover work. In his autobiography he wrote that he was offered the role of James Bond in 1970 but turned it down.

West was 88 years old.

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