Many of Adam West’s peers have written thoughtful statements on his passing, including his two Batman co-stars.
Burt Ward and Julie Newmar played starred in Batman as Robin and Catwoman respectively. They’ve each penned tributes to Adam West, which reflect on the legend’s life.
While Batman only ran for a few years, Adam West and Burt Ward’s friendship lasted throughout the years and various appearances together. Burt Ward wrote, “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.”
Variety has also curated Julie Newmar’s official statement regarding Adam West’s passing. Newmar was the original Catwoman, although Eartha Kitt eventually took over the role in the show’s final season, and Newmar didn’t appear in the film. She 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.”