Actor; best known as TV's "Batman" -- via . AKA William West Anderson. A childhood icon, West's poker-faced, tongue-in-cheek approach defined camp for a generation. For the younger set, it was amazing. I was 5 years old when the show went on the air, and I was obsessed with everything Batman, never missing an episode. He worked extensively in television before his big break, and he took his unexpected and strange popularity in stride, accepting it with humor and dignity. P.S. He could actually act, and was a gifted comic performer. I wrote a silly Batman sketch years later as a comic, and a friend of mine later procured Adam West's signature on a photo of him as Batman for me -- a treasure I will always keep.