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Film News: Adam West, the 1960s TV Batman, Dies at 88

Los Angeles – When Adam West had a voice role on “The Simpsons,” portraying the Batman – as he had in the iconic TV series from 1966 through 1968 – he remarked, in reference to the rubber muscle costume that the movie actors wore, that his Batman was “All Pure West.” West died on June 9th, 2017, at the age of 88.

His career had three acts – first as a movie/TV contract performer, then as the title character on “Batman” in 1966, and then, after a struggle to go beyond that hero role, as a notable voice actor… most famous as Mayor Adam West on the animated series “Family Guy.” For years, as he was struggling with the inability to get jobs because of his brilliantly weird and cartoonish portrayal of The Dark Knight, he tried to shake the character. But as his career blossomed again, and The Batman took off in movies, he re-engaged with his superhero self,
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Adam West, TV's Batman, Dead at 88

Adam West, TV's Batman, Dead at 88
Adam West, TV’s original Batman, has died. He was 88.

West passed away after a short battle with leukemia, his family confirmed on Facebook.

West rose to fame in 1966 as the star of ABC’s Batman, which produced a total of 120 episodes over three seasons before it ended in 1968. Burt Ward, who played Robin, issued the following statement to our sister site Variety:

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
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Adam West, TV’s ‘Batman,’ Dies at 88

Adam West, TV’s ‘Batman,’ Dies at 88
Adam West — an actor defined and also constrained by his role in the 1960s series “Batman” — died Friday night in Los Angeles. He was 88. A rep said that he died after a short battle with leukemia.

“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,” his family said in a statement.

West became known to a new generation of TV fans through his recurring voice role on Fox’s “Family Guy” as Mayor Adam West, the horribly corrupt, inept and vain leader of Quahog, Rhode Island. West was a regular on the show from 2000 through its most recent season. West in recent years did a wide range of voice-over work, on such shows as Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken” and Disney Channel’s “Jake and the Neverland Pirates.”

But it was his role as the Caped Crusader in
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Michael Parks, Beloved Character Actor and Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith Regular, Passes Away at 77

Michael Parks, Beloved Character Actor and Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith Regular, Passes Away at 77
Michael Parks, longtime Hollywood mainstay and beloved character actor and singer, has passed away at the age of 77. The news was announced by filmmaker Kevin Smith, who took to his Instagram to share that “the best actor I’ve ever known” and his “cinematic muse,” had died. No cause of death was named.

Smith directed Parks in both his “Tusk” and “Red State,” having relished the longtime actor’s career since first seeing him in Robert Rodriguez’s “From Dusk Till Dawn.” Though Parks’ career stretched back to 1960, when he made his screen debut on TV’s “Zane Grey Theater,” in recent years, the supporting standout had enjoyed a revival at the hands of both Quentin Tarantino (who Smith deemed Parks’ “biggest fan”) and Smith, who continued to craft roles for the singular actor.

I hate to report that my cinematic muse #michaelparks has passed away. Michael was, and will likely forever remain,
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Paul Mazursky 1930-2014

Paul Mazursky 1930-2014
His name might not be feted to the level of contemporaries such as Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola, but Paul Mazursky lived a life and career well worth celebrating. He has died at the age of 84.Born Irwin Mazursky in Brooklyn, Mazursky studied at Brooklyn College and kicked off his career in front of the camera rather than behind it. His first acting job – on which he changed his name – was quite a launch pad for a young performer, working with the meticulous Stanley Kubrick on Fear And Desire in 1953. In 1955, he played Emmanuel Stoker in Blackboard Jungle, before switching for a few years to write and perform on television. After working on series such as The Twilight Zone, The Detectives and The Untouchables, he was hired to script and act on The Danny Kaye show.It was the small screen that birthed one of Mazursky’s enduring legacies,
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The Fugitive: Don Medford, Director of Last Episode, Dies

A prolific TV director, Don Medford, has died at the age of 95. He passed away December 12th at the West Hills Hospital and Medical Center in Los Angeles.

His daughter Lynn reported his death to THR on Wednesday. Medford had been a resident of the Motion Picture & Television Fund's retirement home in Woodland Hills since 2001.

Born Donald Muller, Medford worked on numerous TV shows from the early 1950s until the late 1980s including multiple episodes of The Detectives, The Rifleman, The Untouchables, Dr. Kildare, Alfred Hitchock Presents, The Twilight Zone, The FBI, Baretta, The Fall Guy, Dynasty, The Colbys, and on and on.

Medford also directed episodes of The Fugitive, including the two-part series finale. The 1967 last episode was seen by an estimated 78 million people and stood as the most-watched episodes of a television series until
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German actress Ursula Thiess dies

Ursula Thiess, a gorgeous German actress who came to Hollywood at the urging of Howard Hughes and later married actor Robert Taylor, died June 19 of natural causes at an assisted-care facility in Burbank. She was 86.

Thiess was billed as "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" during the build-up to her Hollywood debut, 1952's "Monsoon," for Hughes' Rko Pictures. She quickly appeared in "The Iron Glove" (1954) opposite Robert Stack, "Bengal Brigade" (1954) with Rock Hudson, "The Americano" (1955) with Glenn Ford and "Bandido" (1956) with Robert Mitchum.

In 1952, Thiess met Taylor -- who was married to actress Barbara Stanwyck from 1939-51 -- on a blind date and wed him in May 1953. They settled down on a huge ranch in Brentwood and were together until his death in June 1969 at age 57 from lung cancer.

Thiess appeared occasionally as a police reporter on her husband's 1959-62 TV series, "The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor,
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