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Adam West, TV’s ‘Batman,’ Dies at 88
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D.D.Degg
2017-06-10 15:41:57 UTC
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Adam West — an actor defined and also constrained by his role in the 1960s series “Batman” — died Friday night in Los Angeles. He was 88. A rep said that he died after a short battle with leukemia.
http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/adam-west-dead-dies-batman-1202461532/
Michael OConnor
2017-06-10 18:09:02 UTC
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Back in the mid 90's when I was living in Detroit I got an autographed photo of Adam West and Burt Ward. This is when they weren't talking because Robin had written a book which talked about all the women he and Batman did while doing the show, a charge Adam West immediately refuted. Burt Ward then turned around and went on Entertainment Tonight and asked for those women from their collective past to please contact him to prove him right. Anyhoo, even though they weren't talking, they were both scheduled to appear at this minor league hockey game to sign pictures, but both were on opposite ends of the arena. I hear they eventually patched things up.

I imagine Adam West may nearly be as well known for playing Mayor Adam West on Family Guy as for playing Batman, being that Family Guy has ran for so many years and is played on so many channels around the clock these days.

Here are some of his classic Family Guy moments:






Anglo Saxon
2017-06-11 00:16:29 UTC
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Adam West — an actor defined and also constrained by his role in the
1960s series “Batman” — died Friday night in Los Angeles. He was 88. A
rep said that he died after a short battle with leukemia.
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http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/adam-west-dead-dies-batman-1202461532/
88? 88??????

ADAM WEST WAS 8888888888???????

Almost 90. Adam West was nearing 90 years old.

I'm sick of everything turning into oldness. It's everywhere. The
[largest] generation in American history is old and dying off so fast;
pop culture is/was our best friend so we know all this stuff. At least
when our parents group died off they were only known to one another.
This group now, we feel their deaths and we never even knew the people!
But in that weird way they are the back-drop of our lives. Rock, TV,
movies, dance, actors bound us all together, instead of dividing us like
it is now into thinner and thinner slices of sub-groups.

I'm not saying get off my lawn. Just saying goodbye, I guess.
marcus
2017-06-11 01:02:43 UTC
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Adam West — an actor defined and also constrained by his role in the
1960s series “Batman” — died Friday night in Los Angeles. He was 88. A
rep said that he died after a short battle with leukemia.
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http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/adam-west-dead-dies-batman-1202461532/
88? 88??????
ADAM WEST WAS 8888888888???????
Almost 90. Adam West was nearing 90 years old.
I'm sick of everything turning into oldness. It's everywhere. The
[largest] generation in American history is old and dying off so fast;
pop culture is/was our best friend so we know all this stuff. At least
when our parents group died off they were only known to one another.
This group now, we feel their deaths and we never even knew the people!
But in that weird way they are the back-drop of our lives. Rock, TV,
movies, dance, actors bound us all together, instead of dividing us like
it is now into thinner and thinner slices of sub-groups.
I'm not saying get off my lawn. Just saying goodbye, I guess.
Friends dying...that's tough to take as well.
c***@aol.com
2017-06-11 01:13:29 UTC
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You don't have any friends.
Anglo Saxon
2017-06-11 01:25:09 UTC
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I'm not saying get off my lawn. Just saying goodbye, I guess.
Friends dying...that's tough to take as well.
I'm not quite there yet, just lucky my friends are kicking strong. It's
my family right now are the ones who are dying and it's really, really
hard to take. We were a true tribe. A f'd-up one, yes, but a bonded
tribe. 12 of us altogether. Mom, Dad, two brothers and both their wives
are gone now. The wives were like sisters in the fambly. And the next
one brother going down probably soon, he's not sick but come on. We all
know what's going on now. Grim. There's an old poem, "Last Leaf on the
Tree".
marcus
2017-06-11 01:57:03 UTC
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I'm not saying get off my lawn. Just saying goodbye, I guess.
Friends dying...that's tough to take as well.
I'm not quite there yet, just lucky my friends are kicking strong. It's
my family right now are the ones who are dying and it's really, really
hard to take. We were a true tribe. A f'd-up one, yes, but a bonded
tribe. 12 of us altogether. Mom, Dad, two brothers and both their wives
are gone now. The wives were like sisters in the fambly. And the next
one brother going down probably soon, he's not sick but come on. We all
know what's going on now. Grim. There's an old poem, "Last Leaf on the
Tree".
Save for one uncle who is in his late 80s, doing fairly well, and hanging in there, the relatives from my parents' generation are gone. From 2012-2013, three close friends died. Hits very close to home as you can imagine.
c***@aol.com
2017-06-11 02:35:32 UTC
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I'm betting you didn't find out they died until last week.
Charles Richmond
2017-06-11 02:30:40 UTC
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I'm not saying get off my lawn. Just saying goodbye, I guess.
Friends dying...that's tough to take as well.
I'm not quite there yet, just lucky my friends are kicking strong. It's
my family right now are the ones who are dying and it's really, really
hard to take. We were a true tribe. A f'd-up one, yes, but a bonded
tribe. 12 of us altogether. Mom, Dad, two brothers and both their wives
are gone now. The wives were like sisters in the fambly. And the next
one brother going down probably soon, he's not sick but come on. We all
know what's going on now. Grim. There's an old poem, "Last Leaf on the
Tree".
The Last Leaf
by Oliver Wendell Holmes

I saw him once before,
As he passed by the door,
And again
The pavement stones resound,
As he totters o'er the ground
With his cane.

They say that in his prime,
Ere the pruning-knife of Time
Cut him down,
Not a better man was found
By the Crier on his round
Through the town.

But now he walks the streets,
And he looks at all he meets
Sad and wan,
And he shakes his feeble head,
That it seems as if he said,
"They are gone!"

The mossy marbles rest
On the lips that he has prest
In their bloom,
And the names he loved to hear
Have been carved for many a year
On the tomb.

My grandmamma has said--
Poor old lady, she is dead
Long ago--
That he had a Roman nose,
And his cheek was like a rose
In the snow;

But now his nose is thin,
And it rests upon his chin
Like a staff,
And a crook is in his back,
And a melancholy crack
In his laugh.

I know it is a sin
For me to sit and grin
At him here;
But the old three-cornered hat,
And the breeches, and all that,
Are so queer!

And if I should live to be
The last leaf upon the tree
In the spring,
Let them smile, as I do now,
At the old forsaken bough
Where I cling.
--
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Anglo Saxon
2017-06-11 03:55:02 UTC
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The Last Leaf
by Oliver Wendell Holmes
I saw him once before,
As he passed by the door,
And again
The pavement stones resound,
As he totters o'er the ground
With his cane.
They say that in his prime,
Ere the pruning-knife of Time
Cut him down,
Not a better man was found
By the Crier on his round
Through the town.
But now he walks the streets,
And he looks at all he meets
Sad and wan,
And he shakes his feeble head,
That it seems as if he said,
"They are gone!"
The mossy marbles rest
On the lips that he has prest
In their bloom,
And the names he loved to hear
Have been carved for many a year
On the tomb.
My grandmamma has said--
Poor old lady, she is dead
Long ago--
That he had a Roman nose,
And his cheek was like a rose
In the snow;
But now his nose is thin,
And it rests upon his chin
Like a staff,
And a crook is in his back,
And a melancholy crack
In his laugh.
I know it is a sin
For me to sit and grin
At him here;
But the old three-cornered hat,
And the breeches, and all that,
Are so queer!
And if I should live to be
The last leaf upon the tree
In the spring,
Let them smile, as I do now,
At the old forsaken bough
Where I cling.
There it is. :) Thanks for posting.
l***@yahoo.com
2017-06-11 20:41:08 UTC
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88? 88??????
ADAM WEST WAS 8888888888???????
Almost 90. Adam West was nearing 90 years old.
I'm sick of everything turning into oldness. It's everywhere.
So, he just happened to be pushing 40 when "Batman" began in 1965 - and looked maybe 10 years younger, no doubt in part to makeup - and all the stunts he did.***

From an IMDb review of the Adam West MOVIE:

Best. Batman. Ever., 19 February 2008
10/10
Author: flapdoodle64 from Porltand, OR, United States

"...But the single strongest and most miraculous thing, that which holds it all together, is the sheer inspiration of Adam West's performance.

"Bruce Wayne has a remarkable amount of screen time here, especially compared to any episode of the TV series. Note also that in 2 out of 3 fight scenes, Adam is dressed as Bruce Wayne. It is highly gratifying to see Batman, alone and outnumbered, outfight the villains without so much as a Batarang to aid him.

"By means of some incredible, unknown energy, Adam West was able to convey a character who is compelling, intense, brave, noble, and suave. Yet, if one possesses just the slightest bit of insight, Batman is also completely ridiculous..."

More from the same thread that I put the above in:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/rec.arts.movies.past-films/gratifying$20adam$20west%7Csort:relevance/rec.arts.movies.past-films/gzogTFXhdYA/gsQFj6gGyWgJ




***The same age thing happened with Kevin McCarthy, of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."

90th birthday greetings, from 2004:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/rec.arts.movies.past-films/happy$20kevin$20mccarthy%7Csort:relevance/rec.arts.movies.past-films/Jv7C833Rahg/t2jZpledvYAJ

Excerpts:

Me: Brother of "The Group" writer Mary McCarthy and cousin of Eugene McCarthy. (I had no idea the three were connected. And to think I used to confuse his name
with Andrew's!)


Chemqueries: Ninety??!!! How did that happen?


Kitka: Combination of getting a late start for a movie star and always looking younger than his age.

(end)

He was over 41, in that movie.


Lenona.
l***@yahoo.com
2017-06-12 18:10:36 UTC
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And, as it happens, Lee Majors is now 78.

I swear, he looks sort of like Christopher Walken, these days.

He was only about two years younger than West was in 1965 when Majors had HIS big break in 1973. I wouldn't be too surprised, though, if some of those wrinkles you can see in close-ups were added by the make-up crew - after all, as an astronaut who'd been allowed to go the moon, Steve Austin would likely be over 40!

Also, my jaw dropped when I recently heard Majors' real voice on YouTube - I never knew he grew up in Kentucky. (But if you listen closely to the SMDM show's episodes, at times his accent DOES seem to slip in...)

To get back to West:

As a preteen, I saw another Adam West movie - the 1965 "Mara of the Wilderness" - in a school, believe it or not. I still can't figure out how, a decade later, in the 1980s, I managed to dig up that title with no computer help, since I couldn't remember the title or the actors. Maybe I searched in some film encyclopedia under "Movies with a Feral Theme" or something?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0138593/usercomments

It certainly doesn't get high ratings from viewers. Not to mention that since it isn't rated, since ratings didn't exist back then, how were parents back then supposed to know that it was too violent to take little kids to?! (The little girl's parents get killed by a bear, early on. You can see THAT on YouTube, if you must.)


Lenona.
Sarah Ehrett's Lesbian Love Interest
2017-06-12 18:24:33 UTC
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And, as it happens, Lee Majors is now 78.
I swear, he looks sort of like Christopher Walken, these days.


Same plastic surgeon. Or at least the same practice.
Sarah Ehrett's Lesbian Love Interest
2017-06-12 17:09:56 UTC
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The year, 1978. The place, my Yellow Cab. Me, driving Adam West home in Brentwood.
A dark and stormy night.

Driving cab in L.A., I picked up all kinds of famous (and infamous) people. I seldom recognized them. If I was picking up or dropping off at a fancy address, I'd ask if they were famous. Even if I didn't recognize the name, an Oh boy can I have your autograph? usually meant a big tip.

But, as soon as this guy told me his address I recognized him right off. Adam West! Nice to meet you. As we drove up the hills, the rain was coming down like it wasn't sunny California. The radio all night announced landslides and road closures. At one point we came up to a road closed barrier. Mr. West said, "Geez, I was hoping to get home tonight, I've been out of town all week."

I told him, "If you've got your utility belt, we'll pretend this is the Batmobile!"

And off we went. I drove off road around the barrier. A couple times the road was blocked by mud slides, but the well manicured lawns of Beverly Hills adjacent were a good substitute as long as I kept the tires moving.

Adam West was holding on, not sure if the driver was crazy or if he was in the middle of an adventure. "Holy muddy mess", I said. Getting into the role he said, "Good one, Robin."

Don't remember if I got a big tip, but I do remember once being Robin to the real Batman.
marcus
2017-06-12 17:17:21 UTC
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The year, 1978. The place, my Yellow Cab. Me, driving Adam West home in Brentwood.
A dark and stormy night.
Driving cab in L.A., I picked up all kinds of famous (and infamous) people. I seldom recognized them. If I was picking up or dropping off at a fancy address, I'd ask if they were famous. Even if I didn't recognize the name, an Oh boy can I have your autograph? usually meant a big tip.
But, as soon as this guy told me his address I recognized him right off. Adam West! Nice to meet you. As we drove up the hills, the rain was coming down like it wasn't sunny California. The radio all night announced landslides and road closures. At one point we came up to a road closed barrier. Mr. West said, "Geez, I was hoping to get home tonight, I've been out of town all week."
I told him, "If you've got your utility belt, we'll pretend this is the Batmobile!"
And off we went. I drove off road around the barrier. A couple times the road was blocked by mud slides, but the well manicured lawns of Beverly Hills adjacent were a good substitute as long as I kept the tires moving.
Adam West was holding on, not sure if the driver was crazy or if he was in the middle of an adventure. "Holy muddy mess", I said. Getting into the role he said, "Good one, Robin."
Don't remember if I got a big tip, but I do remember once being Robin to the real Batman.
LOL...Thanks for that.
Louis Epstein
2017-06-13 15:24:14 UTC
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Adam West ? an actor defined and also constrained by his role in the 1960s series ?Batman? ? died Friday night in Los Angeles. He was 88. A rep said that he died after a short battle with leukemia.
http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/adam-west-dead-dies-batman-1202461532/
Batfans can be expected to greet this news with denial.
"Nah!
Nah!
NAH-nah!
Nah!
Nah!
Nah-nah!
Nah!
Nah!
NAH-nah!
Nah!
Nah!
Nah!"

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at least as tall as before...or terror has triumphed.

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