‘Batman’ Co-Star Burt Ward Fondly Remembers "Debonair and Suave" Adam West (Guest Column)

I met Adam during a shade exam for Batman. I’d been to a dress trailer and they dressed me in a many worried thing I’ve ever put on in my life. The tights pulled a hair on my legs, a facade worried my eyelashes, a vest had these edges that punctured by my t-shirt. we didn’t know what a dress was. we didn’t know Batman. we suspicion it was some kind of Shakespearean deal. So we get over to a soundstage and there’s this man dressed in a bigger, worse-looking outfit. He’s got this large cover over his head. And if we ever looked closely during Adam in a cowl, it done his eyes cross. we suspicion that was hilarious, so we started laughing. And that was a commencement of a 52-year friendship.

He was really scrupulous and suave, kind of roughly British. But he had a singular delivery. In some ways, Adam was a small formidable for other actors to get used to since he had a pretentious speech. He would say, “Okaaay, Robin” in a approach that could chuck we off balance. But we satisfied he was personification a game. He accepted that this was a 30-minute show, so if he talked solemnly a camera would have to be on him for 29 minutes. Sometimes in a stage he would spin suddenly off his position and travel right adult to a camera and totally retard me out of a scene. After a integrate of times, we schooled to only hide adult underneath his garment and get in front of him.

The ratings for a uncover were by a roof — something like a 55 share a initial night, definition 55 percent of all a TVs in North America were examination it. It got so large each star was being pressured by their kids to get on a show. That’s because they combined walking adult a side of buildings, where a window would open and Sammy Davis Jr. would come out or Jerry Lewis or Colonel Klink. Big stars would tell us that they had to desire to get to come out a window.

People always asked Adam if he felt like he’d been typecast, if Batman had harm his career. But we know he desired it. He desired being a star. After a uncover became such a hit, he got offering everything. They offering him Bond though he incited it down. He suspicion Bond should be played by a Brit. we got offering a small film called The Graduate — 20th Century Fox wouldn’t let me do it — though that’s another story. We both looked during it this way: You take a potion and we fill it to a top. You can possibly fill it with a garland of opposite cinema or fill it with one outrageous success that creates people around a universe adore we and wish to shake your hand. Adam filled his potion with a devotion of a world.