For some people, Michael Keaton is the Batman of their childhood. For others, Christian Bale might be the Batman of their childhood (and to those I say, “The fuck is wrong with you? Why are you reading this? Tell your parents to put parental controls on your phone!“) But to many, many of us, the Batman of our childhoods, and the one true Batman, is Adam West. Many, many hours were spent on the carpet in my living room taking in massive amounts of perfect 60s campiness and technicolor glamour while watching reruns of the Batman TV show. And now, Adam West is charming the angels and BAM! POW!-ing any of them who mess with him.
A rep for the West family tells The Hollywood Reporter that Adam West died at his home in Los Angeles last night after a short battle with leukemia. His family was with him when he died peacefully. He was 88. His family released this statement:
“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero.”
Back in the days when the studios had contract players, Adam was one for Warner Bros. and he was in many movies (like The Young Philadelphians) and TV shows before he shimmied into Batman’s hot leotard and Spandex chonies. He played the title role in the Batman TV show for all three seasons (120 episodes) from 1966 to 1968. Once Batman ended, Adam was hit with typecasting and it was hard for him to get roles that weren’t Batman-esque. So to earn a living, he continued to make appearances as Batman in PSAs and events. Throughout years, he also did voice work in a few Batman animated series.
But Adam’s resume is so much more than Batman. He was in Drop Dead Gorgeous! The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood! Family Guy! The Simpsons! 30 Rock! And The Drew Carey Show, where he played one half of a gay couple with Wojo from Barney Miller.
THR says that Adam is survived by his wife of 46 years Marcelle Tagand Lear, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Rest in peace, Adam West. You know he surfed into the afterworld like this:
WARNING: This is the saddest Open Post since that time I actually made a full-on post out of a 43-second video of a kitten playing with a cigarette. But this is a different kind of sad.
Reps for Glenne Headly confirmed in a statement today that she has died at the age of 63. Sources tell TMZ she checked into a hospital last week to deal with blood clots and she seemed to be getting better, but passed suddenly last night.
Glenne started out her career in the NYC theater world, and quickly made it to movies and television. Her work on TV landed her two Primetime Emmy nominations, one for Lonesome Dove and the other for Bastard Out of Carolina. ER fans will know her as Noah Wyle’s secret doctor girlfriend from Season 3. She also played lots of moms, like the mom from Mr. Holland’s Opus or Lindsay Lohan’s mom from Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen or Ben Wyatt’s mom on Parks and Recreation. At the time of her death, she had been cast as the mom in Seth Rogen’s upcoming Hulu comedy series Future Man.
Glenne is survived by her husband and son.
She was known for a lot of things, but she’ll always be Tess Trueheart from Dick Tracy to a lot of us. I loved Breathless Mahoney’s man-stealing antics, but I always liked Tess more for her ride-or-die loyalty and her ability to wear a gorgeous hat. Glenne also stole the show in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels as expert scam artist Janet Colgate. On that note, let’s leave with this clip of Glenne as Janet Colgate, for two reasons. One, because Janet Colgate is a get-money icon. Two, because but no one will work a mustard-colored double peplum satin suit better.
Rest in peace, Glenne.
Pic: Touchstone Pictures
Zack Snyder was in charge of directing and co-writing Justice League, the upcoming all-the-superheroes follow-up to the not-so-great Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Principal photography has finished filming on Justice League, and it’s currently in post-production. However, Zack Snyder isn’t able to finish it and he told The Hollywood Reporter that he and his wife Deborah Snyder, who is a producer on the film, are leaving it to deal with the death of their daughter.
Heaven got its first James Bond today. Sir Roger Moore died in Switzerland at the age of 89. Sir Roger’s children issued a statement saying that he died after a short battle with that horrible piece of shit called cancer. He was surrounded by his family during his last days. They say he wanted a private funeral in Monaco and that’s what they’re going to give him.
Before Sir Roger became the third actor to play James Bond in the main movie series, he was in several TV shows and movies including The Last Time I Saw Paris, The Saint, Maverick, Ivanhoe and The Persuaders. After George Lazenby didn’t work out as Bond and Sir Sean Connery decided he was finally done with sipping martinis and humping on Bond Girls, Sir Roger made his debut as James Bond in 1973’s Live And Let Die. He played Bond in six more movies (many of which are arguably the best Bond movies) and is the longest-serving 007. Sir Roger handed Bond’s tux over to Timothy Dalton after 1985’s A View To A Kill.
Sir Roger took a short break from the screen acting game after Bond, but when he came back, he came back big. I’m sure he would tell you that the movie credit he’s most proud of is the role of “Chief” in the underrated classic Spice World! Surprisingly, Sir Roger Moore didn’t get his knighthood for his work in Spice World. He got it for his charity work. Sir Roger worked with UNICEF and became a goodwill ambassador in 1991. His children say in their statement that the work he did with UNICEF was his greatest achievement.
Rest in peace, Sir Roger Moore. The angels are definitely not ready for these sweet moves:
Pic: United Artists via Wenn.com
Shortly after, the world found out that Chris Cornell joined the ultimate grunge band in the sky with Kurt Cobain, Scott Weiland and Layne Staley, the medical examiner ruled his death a suicide and said that he hung himself. Chris’ wife Vicky Karayiannis and his family don’t believe that he wanted to end his life and are waiting to see what the toxicology results show.