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
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. They later divorced in 1962.

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. Though he has over 60 movie and over 80 TV guest appearance credits, Batman is what the fans remember him for. The Batman (1966/II) TV series, which lasted three seasons, made him not just nationally but internationally famous. The movie version earned Adam the "Most Promising New Star" award in 1967. The downside was 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, so he got two step kids, Moya and Jill. In addition, they had two children of their own: Nina 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."
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Adam West's Scores

Average career score: 58
Highest Metascore: 63 Family Guy: Season 4
Lowest Metascore: 53 Family Guy: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
2 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Family Guy: Season 15 Sep 25, 2016 Mayor Adam West 4.0
tbd Family Guy: Season 12 Sep 29, 2013 Mayor West 5.6
tbd The Fairly Odd Parents: Season 9 Mar 23, 2013 Catman 4.9
tbd Family Guy: Season 11 Sep 30, 2012 Mayor Adam West 5.9
tbd Family Guy: Season 9 Sep 26, 2010 Mayor Adam West As Grand Moff Tarkin 6.3
tbd Family Guy: Season 8 Sep 27, 2009 Mayor Adam West 6.1
tbd Family Guy: Season 7 Sep 28, 2008 Mayor Adam West 6.2
tbd The Fairly Odd Parents: Season 6 Feb 18, 2008 Himself 6.1
tbd Family Guy: Season 6 Sep 23, 2007 Mayor Adam West 6.4
tbd Up Late with Stewie and Brian: Season 1 Feb 25, 2007 Mayor Adam West tbd
tbd Family Guy: Season 5 Sep 10, 2006 Mayor Adam West 6.8
tbd Who Wants to Be a Superhero?: Season 1 Jul 27, 2006 Judge tbd
tbd The Batman: Season 3 Sep 17, 2005 Mayor Grange 9.3
tbd Ultimate Super Heroes, Vixens & Villains: Season 1 May 26, 2005 Narrator tbd
tbd The Batman: Season 2 May 14, 2005 Mayor Grange 7.8
63 Family Guy: Season 4 May 1, 2005 Mayor Adam West 6.9
tbd The Fairly Odd Parents: Season 5 Feb 16, 2005 Catman 7.0
tbd The Batman: Season 1 Sep 11, 2004 Mayor Marion Grange 8.1
tbd The Fairly Odd Parents: Season 4 Sep 10, 2004 Himself (Catman) 7.8
tbd The Fairly Odd Parents: Season 2 Mar 1, 2002 Himself 8.3
tbd Family Guy: Season 3 Jul 11, 2001 Mayor Adam West 7.3
tbd Family Guy: Season 2 Sep 23, 1999 Mayor Adam West 7.4
53 Family Guy: Season 1 Jan 31, 1999 Mayor West 7.4
tbd The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians: Season 1 Sep 14, 1985 Batman tbd
tbd SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show: Season 1 Sep 8, 1984 Batman tbd
tbd The New Adventures of Batman: Season 1 Feb 10, 1977 Batman/Bruce Wayne 6.0
tbd Shazam!: Season 1 Sep 7, 1974 Voice Of Hercules (Season 1- Uncredited) tbd
tbd Batman (1966): Season 3 Sep 14, 1967 Bruce N. Wayne/Batman 7.0
tbd Batman (1966): Season 2 Sep 7, 1966 Bruce N. Wayne/Batman 7.5
tbd Batman (1966): Season 1 Jan 12, 1966 Bruce N. Wayne/Batman 7.5