Celebrities are expressing their grief over the loss of Adam West, star of the '60s series "Batman," who died of leukemia at age 88 Friday.
"Family Guy" creator and co-star Seth MacFarlane called West "a joy to work with, and the kind of guy you always wanted to be around."
Seth Green, another "Family Guy" co-star, said, "He was a true hero of mine — grew up watching him as Batman, and got the privilege of both working with and directing him. He’s generous and always classy. Very sad to think of the world without our beloved Mayor. How lucky we are he left so much behind."
Burt Ward, West's Robin, told Variety in a statement, "I am devastated at the loss of one my very dearest friends. Adam and I had a special friendship for more than 50 years. We shared some of the most fun times of our lives together. Our families have deep love and respect for each other. This is a terribly unexpected loss of my lifelong friend. I will forever miss him. There are several fine actors who have portrayed Batman in films. In my eyes, there was only one real Batman that is and always will be Adam West. He was truly the Bright Night."
Julie Newmar, the show's slinky Catwoman, said, “Stellar, exemplar, a king to the end. He was bright, witty and fun to work with. I will miss him in the physical world and savor him always in the world of imagination and creativity. He meant so much to people. A friend said: ‘The father that we wanted.’ That is a great gift, no matter how you live it."
Read more messages from the stars below.
I had the privilege of working with Adam West more than once, and he was so kind to me. He was so funny, and so *good* as a person. RIP.— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) June 10, 2017
RIP Adam West. You will always be Batman— Will Arnett™ (@arnettwill) June 10, 2017
Ah dear Adam West. He was always so kind when we met. A real gent. Once when I was a kid we found ourselves in front the batmobile. I got in— Val Kilmer (@valkilmer) June 10, 2017
Rest In Peace, Adam West. 🦇 https://t.co/eFbdRPm8n6— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 10, 2017
Sad to hear of Adam West's passing. A legend as Batman but also, Ty Lookwell https://t.co/BtEBu6uH49— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) June 10, 2017
RIP Adam West. First person I saw who was funny, badass & cool all at once.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) June 10, 2017
Oh Batman my Batman! I'm standing on my chair to honor #adamwest - the man whose portrayal of costumed justice made me wanna be a good person when I was a boy. The #adamwestbatman was my first Batman at age 4. His performance was campy to most, but to me, that's how true heroes spoke. A lifelong love of the character started with Mr. West's interpretation of what he called, instead of the Dark Knight, the Bright Knight. He brought joy to a somber character and a Fatherly tone to a TV role model. I was lucky enough to meet Adam many times, including the day at @stanleecomiccon when super-fan @ralphgarman and I hosted Adam, Boy Wonder #burtward and movie Catwoman #leemerriweather (where we took this pic). He was pure love and joy. He remained my hero, even in adulthood, as well as a real life role model for interacting with fans. Adam loved his fans - especially #ralphgarman, who worked tirelessly to get Adam a star on the @officialhollywoodwalkoffame. Farewell, Caped Crusader. Off to Superhero Heaven you go, where all your rascally rogues are ready to see you again! Atomic batteries to power. Turbines to speed. Heart to broken. #KevinSmith #adamwest #batman #foreverbatman #rip #legend #icon