Rare Disease Report

60's Batman Adam West Loses Fight With Rare Cancer

JUNE 10, 2017
RDR Staff
Adam West, the actor who played Batman in the 1960's TV show of the same name, has passed away after a brief battle with leukemia.

Leukemia are a group of cancers that originate in bone marrow. As a group, leukemia is not rare but each subset is a rare cancer and include acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), hairy cell leukemia, and T-cell prolymphocytic leukemia. At present, it is unknown what type of leukemia West had.
Best known for his iconic role as Batman in the 60s TV show, West is also known by many younger fans for his prolific voice work on shows such as Family Guy, Robot Chicken, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates.
West’s classic good looks and campy portrayal of the Dark Knight provided a long list of guest appearances on TV shows, including; Big Bang Theory, 30 Rock, George Lopez, The King of Queens, Kim Possible, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly Oddparents, The Boondocks, and Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero.
West was once bothered by the fact that he was typecast as Batman but he eventually came around to accepting it as his destiny and embraced the role. He told Variety that
“Some years ago I made an agreement with Batman. There was a time when Batman really kept me from getting some pretty good roles, and I was asked to do what I figured were important features. However, Batman was there, and very few people would take a chance on me walking on to the screen. And they’d be taking people away from the story. So I decided that since so many people love Batman, I might as well love it too. Why not? So I began to reengage myself with Batman. And I saw the comedy. I saw the love people had for it, and I just embraced it.”
Adam West was 88 years old.

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