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Real Name: William West Anderson
Birth Place: Walla Walla, Washington, USA
Birth Date: September 19, 1928
Occupation: Actor, Soundtrack, Miscellaneous Crew

Adam West Biography

He breathed life into Batman. Adam West was born Billy (William) West Anderson in Walla Walla, Washington, to parents Otto West Anderson and his wife Audrey. At age 10 Adam had a cache of comic books, and "Batman" made a big impression on him--the comic hero was part bat-man (a la Count Dracula) and part world's greatest detective (a la Charlie Chan and Sherlock Holmes). When his mom remarried to a Dr. Paul Flothow, she took Adam and his younger brother, John, to Seattle. At 14 Adam attended Lakeside School, then went to Whitman College, where he got a degree in literature and psychology. During his last year of college he also married 17-year-old Billie Lou Yeager.Adam got a job as a DJ at a local radio station, then enrolled at Stanford for post-grad courses. Drafted into the army, he spent the next 2 years starting military TV stations, first at San Luis Obispo, CA, then at Fort Monmouth, NJ. Afterwards, Adam and his wife toured Europe, visiting Germany, Switzerland and Italy's Isle of Capri. When the money ran out, he joined a childhood and college buddy, Carl Hebenstreit, who was starring in the kiddie program "The Kini Popo Show" in Hawaii. Adam would eventually replace Carl but not the other star, Peaches the Chimp. In 1956 he got a divorce and married a beautiful girl, originally from Tahiti, named Ngatokoruaimatauaia Frisbie Dawson (he called her "Nga" for short). They had a daughter, Jonelle, in 1957 and a son, Hunter, in 1958. In 1959 Adam came to Hollywood. He adopted the stage name "Adam West", which fit his roles, as he was in some westerns.After 7 years in Tinseltown, he achieved fame in 1966 in his signature role as Batman, in the wildly popular ABC-TV series "Batman" (1966) (though he has over 60 movie and over 80 TV guest appearance credits, "Batman" is what the fans remember him for). The aeries, which lasted three seasons, made him not just nationally but internationally famous. The movie version, Batman (1966), earned Adam the "Most Promising New Star" award in 1967. The downside was that the "Batman" fame was partly responsible for ruining his marriage, and he would be typecast and almost unemployable for a while after the series ended (he did nothing but personal appearances for 2 years).In 1972 he met and then married Marcelle Tagand Lear, and picked up two stepchildren, Moya and Jill. In addition, they had two children of their own: Nina West in 1976 and Perrin in 1979. You can't keep a good actor down -- Adam's career took off again, and he has been in about 50 projects since then: movies, TV-movies and sometimes doing voices in TV series. Adam wrote his autobiography "Back to the Batcave" in 1994. One of his most prized possessions is a drawing of Batman by Bob Kane with the inscription "To my buddy, Adam, who breathed life into my pen and ink creation".

Adam West Movies / TV-Shows

Powerless (2017)
Batman vs. Two-Face (2017)
The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards (2017)
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016)
Moonbeam City (2015)
Jay Leno's Garage (2015)
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero (2014)
Bats of the Round Table (2014)
Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle (2013)
Starring Adam West (2013)
Through the Keyhole (2013)
The Batmobile (2012)
Comic Book Men (2012)
Betty White's Off Their Rockers (2012)
Family Guy Episode VI: It's a Trap (2011)
Family Guy: The Top 20 Characters (2010)
Funny or Die Presents... (2010)
Super Capers: The Origins of Ed and the Missing Bullion (2009)
Ratko: The Dictator's Son (2009)
Family Guy: The Story So Far... (2009)
Family Guy: Creating the Chaos (2009)
The Super Hero Squad Show (2009)
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)
The Wrecking Crew! (2008)
Pioneers of Television (2008)
Meet the Robinsons (2007)
Sexina (2007)
Family Guy Blue Harvest (2007)
The Big Bang Theory (2007)
Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman (2006)
30 Rock (2006)
Chicken Little (2005)
Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (2005)
Aloha, Scooby-Doo! (2005)
The Boondocks (2005)
The Batman (2004)
Monster Island (2004)
The Fairly OddParents Channel Chasers (2004)
Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt (2003)
Baadasssss! (2003)
George Lopez (2002)
Kim Possible (2002)
The Fairly OddParents (2001)
Black Scorpion (2001)
Seance (2001)
The Unbeatable Bruce Lee (2001)
Nuclear Rescue 911: Broken Arrows & Incidents (2001)
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999)
Family Guy (1999)
SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)
The Man Show (1999)
Futurama (1999)
Histeria! (1998)
The King of Queens (1998)
Joyride (1997)
Johnny Bravo (1997)
An American Vampire Story (1997)
Pacific Blue (1996)
Goosebumps (1995)
The Wayans Bros. (1995)
The Drew Carey Show (1995)
NewsRadio (1995)
MADtv (1995)
Street Sharks (1994)
Weird Science (1994)
The Critic (1994)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993)
Diagnosis Murder (1993)
Animaniacs (1993)
Space Ghost Coast to Coast (1993)
The Adventures of Pete & Pete (1992)
Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
Maury (1991)
Zorro (1990)
Rugrats (1990)
The Flash (1990)
The Howard Stern Show (1990)
The Simpsons (1989)
Mad About You (1989)
Tales from the Crypt (1989)
Murphy Brown (1988)
Doin' Time on Planet Earth (1988)
Zombie Nightmare (1987)
Biography (1987)
Young Lady Chatterley II (1985)
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985)
SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984)
Murder, She Wrote (1984)
One Dark Night (1982)
Warp Speed (1981)
For the Love of It (1980)
Legends of the Superheroes (1979)
Hart to Hart (1979)
Hooper (1978)
The Love Boat (1977)
Fantasy Island (1977)
The New Adventures of Batman (1977)
Alice (1976)
Laverne & Shirley (1976)
Family Feud (1976)
Hell River (1974)
Shazam! (1974)
Police Woman (1974)
The Eyes of Charles Sand (1972)
Larmet Går (1972)
Alias Smith and Jones (1971)
Night Gallery (1969)
Mannix (1967)
Batman (1966)
Batman (1966)
The Green Hornet (1966)
The Outlaws Is Coming (1965)
The Big Valley (1965)
Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)
Bewitched (1964)
Soldier in the Rain (1963)
Tammy and the Doctor (1963)
Petticoat Junction (1963)
The Outer Limits (1963)
Geronimo (1962)
The Virginian (1962)
Overland Trail (1960)
The FBI Story (1959)
The Young Philadelphians (1959)
Bonanza (1959)
Shotgun Slade (1959)
The Rifleman (1958)
Lawman (1958)
77 Sunset Strip (1958)
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958)
Perry Mason (1957)
Maverick (1957)
The Real McCoys (1957)
Voodoo Island (1957)
Gunsmoke (1955)
Cheyenne (1955)

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