I’m sure many of you would be surprised to know television icon, Adam West does not currently have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Outrageous!
But guess what? We could help get him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Micky Mouse and Lassie have stars, how the hell doesn’t Adam West have one!?! Watch the clip below from the in production documentary, Starring Adam West. Filmmaker James Tooley has been documenting the personal and public moments of Adam’s life for the passed two years. With a particular focus on the campaign by Adam’s friends and family to get him a star on the Walk of Fame. You can donate to their Kickstarter project to help finish the documentary and hopefully win over the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. There are 9 days left to donate from $1 to $1,000 and all donations are appreciated. I’m sure a few “nicely” worded letters to the Chamber of Commerce wouldn’t be a bad idea either. Recently Palm Springs has honored Adam with a star of their own but getting one on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is what really counts. The Walk of Fame is for icons, and whose more iconic than Adam West?!
Adam West has been working in television for over 50 years. In that period he’s played a lot of characters but none more iconic than Batman. In the 1960s television series Adam West played Batman as classy, campy, cool and with enough sincerity the entire nation was tuning in. This series is what turned Batman into an American icon, it’s this series that elevated Batman to the popularity levels of Superman, hell, even surpassing the Man of Steel. Christopher Nolan‘s dark and gritty take on the Dark Knight wouldn’t be happening if the 60s Batman wasn’t a hit. How did the industry thank Adam West for this? By punishing him with years of typecasting, terrible roles in less than spectacular B movies and forcing him to take on ridiculous gigs at circuses and carnivals where’d he appear in the cowl and be shot from a cannon. All of this just so he could feed his family! One of televisions greatest stars and he was relegated to a joke.
Now, this isn’t an unfamiliar story in Hollywood, it’s a tough and cruel place. Thankfully, Adam West has endured and it seems is finally recieving the praise he deserves. See, all those children he enthralled on weeknights with his adventures as the Caped Crusader have grown up. Many have shown their appreciation of Adam’s time in the cowl by including him in their projects. I don’t think there’s been an animated Batman series where Adam hasn’t been asked to come and do a voice, play a character. Most notably in the Batman: The Animated Series episode, “The Grey Ghost”, where Bruce meets his childhood hero, the actor who portrayed the Grey Ghost on television, and the two old chums share one hell of an adventure. The episode must’ve hit close to home for Adam as the the Grey Ghost is a washed up actor selling off Grey Ghost memorabilia just to pay the rent. He’s also appeared in an episode of Batman: The Brave and The Bold in where he plays Bruce’s father, Thomas Wayne. Of course, Adam can always be heard on a much more popular and decidedly adult cartoon, Family Guy. Playing Mayor West, some bizzare alter ego of himself, Adam has garnerd a whole new legion of fans.
In fact, in the documentary above Seth MacFarlane said if Adam is denied a star again he’ll be shutting down production on Family Guy! I’m not sure if it’s a serious threat but is it one Hollywood is willing to risk? Give Adam his star!