I wrote about the outrage of TV’s most spectacular Batman, Adam West not having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame back in March. Thankfully those boneheads finally got their act together and when they made the announcement on Tuesday, Adam’s name was on the list. Hooray! He’s joined but a varied list of celebrities ranging from The Simpson‘s creator, Matt Groening to Jennifer Aniston. Oddly, she’s listed in the film category and not the television one. Umm…Friends has been her only real hit, right? Or is there some award winning Jennifer Aniston film I’m forgetting? Whatever..::cough:: overrated ::cough::
But Adam finally being awarded his star is real victory. As is fellow television icon, Walter Koenig, finally getting one. Basically, this was a good round for geek icons. Which only means we nerds have done something right for these guys to get the honor they deserve, so, go us!
Below you can check out the video from the original Kickstarter campaign to get Adam West a star as well as funding for the a documentary about the 82 year old icon. Seriously guys, he’s 82 and only now recieveing a star! WTF!?!. Well, I guess it’s better than poor Richard Burton whose only now getting one, posthumously.
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 Kickstarterproject 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.