Every so often American pop culture loses an icon, AW is one. Prior to being BATMAN, West had diverse portfolio having roles from Westerns to an astronaut landing on Mars on TV’s the Outer limits.
The 1966-68 Batman series was campy, tongue-in-cheek and West enjoyed playing Batman that way. After Batman, he was typed-cast something that for an actor with a wide range talent was a disservice. In the 70’s he had the opportunity to shed the stereotype when he was offered the role of James Bond for the movie Diamonds Are Forever; he declined stating that the role should always go to a British actor, given similar circumstances I don’t think there are many actors today that would show such appreciation for their craft.
West became a pop-culture icon and had a successful career as a voice-over actor and the show that was cancelled due to production problems and declining ratings became profitable in syndication.
West is still regarded as the best Batman, a role played by many Hollywood A-listers– he did it by bringing humanity and humor to a character that is dark and brooding, now that deserves a, “Holy lifetime achievement Adam!”