Adam West Biography

Birthday: 1928-09-19
Place of Birth: Walla Walla, Washington USA
Height: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
Wiki 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".

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The New Adventures of Batman Batman 1977 Action
Legends of the Super-Heroes Batman 1977 - 1977
Tarzan and the Super 7 Batman 1978 Animation
SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show Batman 1984 Action
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians Batman 1985 Adventure
The Last Precinct 1986 Comedy
Street Sharks Mantaman 1994 - 1995
The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs 1998 Animation
Histeria! Ernest Hemingway 1998 - 2000
Pioneers of Television 2008 Documentary
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Ride for Your Life 1924
The Young Philadelphians 1959 Drama
Soldier in the Rain 1963 Comedy, Drama
Robinson Crusoe on Mars 1964
The Outlaws IS Coming! 1965 Comedy
The Girl Who Knew Too Much Johnny Cain 1969
Hooper Adam West 1978 Action, Comedy
Young Lady Chatterley II Professor Arthur Bohart Jr. 1986 Drama
Zombie Nightmare Capt. Tom Churchman 1986 Horror
Return Fire Carruthers 1988
Mad About You Edward Harris 1990 Comedy
Maxim Xul Professor Marduk 1991 Horror
Night of the Kickfighters Carl McMann 1991
Omega Cop Prescott 1992 Action
The New Age Jeff Witner 1994 0
Joyride Harold 1997 Drama
The Size of Watermelons Adam West 2000 Comedy, Music
Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt Adam West 2003 Action, Comedy
Monster Island 2004 Reality Tv, 0
Tales from Beyond Jay 2004 Drama, Fantasy
Chicken Little Ace - Hollywood Chicken Little 2005 Drama, 0, 0
Batman: New Times Batman 2005
Aloha, Scooby-Doo! 2005 Animation, Comedy, Family
Angels with Angles Alfred the Butler 2005 Comedy
Sexina: Popstar P.I. The Boss 2007 Comedy
Super Capers: The Origins of Ed and the Missing Bullion Manbat / Cab Driver 2009 Action, Adventure, Comedy
Ratko: The Dictator's Son Kostka Volvic 2009 Thriller, Comedy