Adam West ran with an opportunity from Seth MacFarlane to leave his Batman identity alone for a little while. MacFarlane, the creative mind behind Family Guy, added some class to his TV show’s cast with West. From what we know, MacFarlane loved having West around when was doing his voiceover work for an episode.
West played Mayor Adam West of Quahog, Rhode Island, home of Seth MacFarlane’s own Griffin family from the show. Yes, West’s character used his real name. He made his first appearance in the show’s second season, bookending it with a final one in Season 17.
“Adam West was a joy to work with, and the kind of guy you always wanted to be around,” Seth MacFarlane wrote, according to MeTV.
“His positivity, good nature, and sense of fun were undeniable, and it was always a big jolt of the best kind of energy when he walked in to record the show. He knew comedy, and he knew humanity…
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have given, Mr. Mayor,” Seth MacFarlane said. You’re irreplaceable.”
Adam West Gets Added Notoriety From Seth McFarlane
Adam West gave it his all when playing Mayor West. Even if a line might be viewed as a double entendre, West delivered it with a lot of emotion.
This show gave him a second wind in the world of entertainment. For years, Adam West had to deal with simply being known for Batman. Before that series, though, West made a good number of guest-star appearances on television. Among them are two episodes of Perry Mason and one of The Rifleman. Adam West also appeared in Petticoat Junction, The Outer Limits, Laramie, and Maverick.
Adam West called his representation of Batman as the “Bright Knight.” He considered his presentation of the character as much different than the movie “Dark Knight” version.
“We were making overstated morality plays for children that adults could watch and enjoy,” Adam West said in 2004 during an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “We played it terribly serious, and that’s half the fun of it.”
Even in his post-Batman career, West found himself tied to the Caped Crusader. He, along with co-star Burt Ward, reprised their TV characters for some animated series. Adam West did appear in a few movies as a guest star, including The Specialist, The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood, Young Lady Chatterley II, and One Dark Night.
Voiceover Work, Ads Came West’s Way
Later TV work included appearances on Mannix, Diagnosis: Murder, The Love Boat, Hart to Hart, Fantasy Island, and The King of Queens.
Based on his resurgence among a whole new generation of television viewers, Adam West popped up on other TV shows in the 2000s. Among those were George Lopez and 30 Rock.
In 2012, West received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Voiceover work for TV shows and advertisements also kept him busy in later years. Adam West died on June 9, 2017, from leukemia at 88 years old.
Adam West offered some additional perspective on his time under the cowl in a follow-up Associated Press interview in 2014. “You get terribly typecast playing a character like that,” he said. “But in the overall, I’m delighted because my character became iconic and has opened a lot of doors in other ways, too.”
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