Adam West Net Worth 2021: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Adam West net worth is
$30 Million

Adam West Wiki Biography

William West Anderson was born on the 19th September 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington State, USA. He is an actor well known under the stage name Adam West, perhaps still principally recognized as the person who created the picture of Batman in the television series “Batman” (1966–1968) and the feature film under the same name (1966). Acting is the main source of Adam West net worth. He has been active in the entertainment industry since 1954.

So just how rich is Adam West? Reportedly, the net worth of Adam West currently stands at $30 million, accumulated during his more than 60 years in the entertainment industry.

Adam West Net Worth $30 Million

West was raised in Walla Walla by his parents, Audrey V. Speer and Otto West Anderson, and was educated at Walla Walla High School and Lakeside School. Later, he entered Whitman College to study Literature and Psychology. West worked on American Forces Network television when drafted to serve in the US army. Afterwards, he pursued a career in acting which not only made him popular but also added significant sums to the total size of Adam West’s net worth.

During the half-century West has been involved in the entertainment industry, he has landed a number of popular roles. However, the role which made him famous and rich is that of Batman. Although years have elapsed since then, West is still associated with the previously mentioned role, as the series “Batman” created by William Dozier was considered to be the biggest phenomenon in 1960’s. Mostly positive reviews were also given to the feature film “Batman” directed by Leslie H. Martinson.

Following his very successful portrayal of Batman, Adam West has landed more than 50 other roles on the big screen. Among the most important roles are Lionel Lamely in the film “The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood” (1980) directed by Alan Roberts, Capt. Tom Churchman in the zombie film “Zombie Nightmare” (1986) directed by Jack Bravman, Prescott in the film “Omega Cop” (1990) directed by Paul Kyriazi, Ludwig Von Helsingmeister in the comic horror film “American Vampire” (1997) directed by Luis Esteban, Dr. Harryhausen in the monster film “Monster Island” (2004) directed by Jack Perez and others. In fact, films increased the size of Adam West net worth considerably.

Furthermore, television is also a significant source of Adam West’s net worth. He has appeared in a number of series, including “Legends of the Superheroes” (1979), “The Adventures of Pete & Pete” (1993–96), “George Lopez” (2007) and others. West is also known as the voice actor who worked in such well known series as “Rugrats” (1992), “The Simpsons” (1992, 2002), “Jonny Bravo” (1997) and “Family Guy” (2000–2002, 2005–present).

In recognition of his services to the movie industry, Adam West was awarded a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in 1020, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.
Additionally, Adam West is known as the author of the books “Climbing the Walls” (1986) and “Back to the Batcave” (1994), which also added sums to Adam’s net worth.

Finally, in the personal life of the actor, Adam West has been married three times. In 1950, he married Billie Lou Yeager but they divorced in 1956. A year later, he married Frisbie Dawson with whom he spent five years. In 1970, West married Marcelle Tagand Lear and they are still together. Adam West has fathered six children.

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Full Name Adam West
Net Worth $30 Million
Date Of Birth September 19, 1928
Place Of Birth Walla Walla, Washington, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Profession Actor, Voice Actor, Presenter
Education Lakeside School, Whitman College
Nationality United States of America
Spouse Marcelle Tagand Lear (m. 1970), Frisbie Dawson (m. 1957–1962), Billie Lou Yeager (m. 1950–1956)
Children Nina West, Hunter Anderson, Jonelle S. Anderson, Perrin West
Parents Audrey V. Speer, Otto West Anderson
Siblings John West Anderson
Nicknames William West Anderson , Will West , William Anderson , Billy West Anderson , Awest
Awards TV Land Anniversary Award, TV Land Favorite Crimestopper Duo Award, TV Land Favorite Crimestopper Award
Movies Batman, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, Robinson Crusoe on Mars, Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt, The Outlaws Is Coming, The Young Philadelphians, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Soldier in the Rain, American Vampire, The Girl Who Knew Too Muc…
TV Shows Batman, Family Guy, Legends of the Superheroes, The New Adventures of Batman, The Last Precinct, The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs, The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, Danger Theatre, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, Tarzan and the Super 7, The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour, The …
# Trademark
1 His glasses.
2 His iconic role as Batman (1966)
3 Radio disc jockey voice
Title Salary
Batman: The Movie (1966) $100,000
# Quote
1 [in 2005] Batman was comedy, let’s face it. What I loved about Batman was his total lack of awareness when it came to his interaction with the outside world. He actually believed nobody could recognize him on the phone, when he was being Bruce Wayne, even though he made no attempt to disguise his voice.
2 But I am simple in that I no longer feel the need to walk on a red carpet. I am a private person. I don’t need a lot of company. And I find it really, really difficult to talk about myself.
3 [About some of his ideas for stories on Batman (1966)] My Bruce Wayne would have been romancing Catwoman with a brandy snifter full of milk. Then he would have said something silly, like, “Man cannot live on milk alone.”.
4 If you hang around long enough, they think you’re good. It’s either my tenacity or my stupidity, I’m not sure which.
5 [In 1995] That typecasting is a mean, long-fanged yellow dog that grabbed my leg about three in the morning at least once a week. It was tough to deal with.
6 [In 1997] I could even wear my old tights, after getting all the mothballs out of it, and come back in the original Batmobile.
7 [About the frustrations in trying to break out of the “Batman” shadow] I’d go in to have meetings about different role that were more serious or substantial than what one might have considered Batman to have been. They’d usually wind up saying, “Batman can’t be in bed with Faye Dunaway.”.
8 [About wearing his costume on Batman (1966)] It brought me an occasional reward. The tights were itchy, and it was really, really hot. Believe me, it was 180 degrees under that cowl. But it was magic. I’d pull it on and I’d think, “Let’s go out and play Batman & Robin!” It’s the only way you could get at it, to be childlike and remember those times.
9 [His thoughts on the effect Batman (1966) has had on his life] In a lot of people’s mind, I AM Batman, and that’s been kind of a two-edged sword.
10 [In 1989] Who can say it’s a mistake, but I know from my mail, and I get thousands of letters from Batman fans, that they resent it.
11 [In 2010] I think it evolved. I learned a long time ago that because people love Batman, I should too. I learned that I shouldn’t resent it even though it prevented me from getting other roles. I really had to become fond of Batman in order to deal with it. I embraced it.
12 [Who told spectators The Penguin was a villain on Batman (1966)]: Robin and I were in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner in the Batcave when we got word the Penguin might be in Houston so we rushed over.
13 Unless the thinking of the major producers has become senile, they can perceive that I’m not Batman.
14 [About returning to the role that made him famous] It’s dramatized to an extent, but most of it really did happen. All good comedy is based on truth. Now they’re saying we’re a wonderful comedy team. What were we before?
15 [About one of his hobbies] It’s important to us. Wetumpka isn’t considered a great golf school, but this would be a great way to go out. We’ve got some young guys who need to keep getting better.
16 [In 1966] Batman must be played with utter conviction. There is a line which I must follow, between satirizing the character and playing it dead-serious.
17 [In 1998] There’s no Bat gadget better than a seat belt for safety.
18 [In 2003] That was a reference to Batman drinking the mickey in that first episode and him doing the Batusi. I’m always asked, “Do the Batusi!”.
19 [about his career after being typecast as Batman] I was rushed into some not very good movies, and I just hit the beach and nursed my wounds for a while. Part of it was the dinosaurs of Hollywood went away, people who don’t get it. I was certainly more welcome when the younger people came in.
20 But of course, it’s up to me to make whatever roles I play convincing and believable.
21 [In 1972] I think when you examine other careers, there’s always a cooling-off period. They go on to other things, but there’s a cooling-off period. You can’t sit on your duff and wait for the phone of ring and someone say you’re a star. You have to get out and work for it.
22 [Of his Batman (1966) experience] Regardless of how rough the identity factor has made it to go on, looking at the balance sheet, I’m grateful for the Bat. It did more for me than against me. It gave [me] money, an international name, the kind of recognition that has allowed me to at least disprove what it caused. That may be tougher than starting from scratch, I don’t know.
23 [When responded if he sat in the bar]: No, I’ll sit at the bar. I don’t want to be conspicuous.
24 [If he was worried about playing Batman]: I was worried at first. I was afraid that my own identity might be submerged in the trappings of a freak in tights. But then I realized I should be able to make the craze work to my advantage.
25 Before I was limited to playing leads in low-budget movies. The series has given me the exposure – God knows – so that perhaps I would now be considered for important pictures, which is what I’m after.
26 I can’t tell you how grateful I am to those fans. They are not stupid. I think they appreciate my sincerity and my work. Actors want to be loved. Batman (1966) has done that for me. I have an audience out there which is always waiting to see whatever I do. And new generations are constantly discovering me in reruns. So, as long as I stay sharp, good things can still happen for me. Meanwhile, I keep hoping that a wonderful opportunity will come along. Believe me, my life ain’t so bad, after all.
27 [on his being passed over for Tim Burton‘s 1989 Batman (1989)] I cried for an hour, but then I was okay. I wanted it! I don’t know. I figured that’s their business and they have a film in mind. I’ve already done it. I’ve done my Batman. Look, do you want the classic Coke or the new stuff? Maybe both. I do know that I’m disappointed not to have had a chance to play Batman, but they have their vision and I have mine.
28 [on his disappointment with the direction Batman (1966) was taking, especially during its second and third seasons] “Batman” was an expensive show and it was losing money. I became extremely frustrated and unhappy and wanted out. There was nothing I could do to convince the producers or the studio to make improvements. I was just a hired hand. Eventually, I lost all interest because I felt the series was being neglected. They weren’t spending the money they should have, and we weren’t getting the scripts we deserved. I didn’t want any part of this situation any more. I was tired of fighting for better shows. The program I wanted to do was no longer possible. But I hated to leave the character because Batman had been good to me.
29 [on his typecasting as The Caped Crusader] It was inescapable. I’d just about land something substantial, something I like or a good career move. Then some dinosaur would rear up and say, “But the audience will think of him as Batman.” It was formidable. It was there like a brick wall.
# Fact
1 Didn’t study acting in college.
2 After his role on Batman (1966), he was severely typecasted, hence, he had trouble finding other roles, which halted his acting career, he also make money for whatever jobs he had to do.
3 His mother had no choice other than to abandon her own Hollywood dreams to care for her family.
4 By mutual agreement, West was released from his contract at Warner Bros. (as did fellow actor James Garner, but over a contract dispute) in 1960, because they lost the studio’s relationship with ABC, whose network didn’t have enough shows that they aired before. He decided to move on.
5 His real name was taken from a Western actor.
6 Of Swedish descent.
7 West is the only actor to portray Batman in both live-action and animated form. He played Batman onscreen in Batman (1966), Batman: The Movie (1966), and Legends of the Superheroes (1979). He voiced Batman in The New Adventures of Batman (1977), Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984), and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985).
8 The Jan. 6, 1971, issue of Variety, in the Italian Films in Production section, lists a movie starring Adam West, Claudine Auger, Giancarlo Giannini, and Philippe Hersent called Cold Fury, directed by Bruno Gaburro, producer Franco Paolini, to begin filming Jan. 18, 1971. No evidence the film was completed or released.
9 In 1940, when young Adam was only 12, he found his own mother in bed with a local preacher.
10 He once pulled pranks on his mates, who then stole the school bus, once, to take a date for his prom, which eventually got him into a lot of trouble.
11 Surrogate grandfather of Lisa Ward and Melody Lane Ward (Burt Ward‘s daughters).
12 Was considered for the role of Popeye Doyle in The French Connection (1971).
13 Has a younger brother, John.
14 In his youth, he briefly lived in Sacramento, California.
15 His real name was taken from the first television cowboy.
16 Despite the feud with Burt Ward on the set of Batman (1966), West had fun with him.
17 Before he was a successful actor, he did everything from a custodian to a station manager at Stamford University.
18 Was a farm boy until his parents got divorced when West was 15, and he moved to Seattle, Washington with his mother and his brother John.
19 When he moved to Los Angeles to become an actor, he legally changed his name from William West Anderson to Adam West, this was because it was too long.
20 He had guest-starred on an episode of Diagnosis Murder (1993), where Victoria Rowell‘s character was copying one of his stuntwork, taken from Batman (1966), a series West starred in years earlier.
21 He was born on the same day, seventeen years later, as Randolph Mantooth. West guest-starred with him on Emergency! (1972).
22 Alongside Norman Lloyd, William Daniels, Dick Van Dyke, Ernest Borgnine, Mickey Rooney, Betty White, Angela Lansbury, Charlotte Rae, Marla Gibbs, William Shatner, Larry Hagman, Florence Henderson, Shirley Jones and Alan Alda, West is one of the few actors in Hollywood who lived into their 80s and/or 90s without ever either retiring from acting or having stopped getting work.
23 Lives not too far from Tom Hanks and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
24 The show that he didn’t like was Super Friends (1973).
25 Owns a house in Palm Springs, California.
26 Became a grandfather in 2014.
27 He is most widely known to be a very private man.
28 Longtime friend of Ernest Borgnine.
29 He has played the same character (Doc Holliday) in three different series: Sugarfoot (1957), Colt .45 (1957) and Lawman (1958).
30 He was born exactly one day after his Batman(1966) Special Guest Villain Roddy McDowall. Both guest starred on Batman: The Animated Series(1992) as well.
31 He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Whitman College, in his home town of Walla Walla, Washington, and where he was also a member of the public speaking and debating team.
32 Has made an appearance at every San Diego Comic-Con International beginning in 2007, up to and including 2014.
33 Both West and his long time friend, Ernest Borgnine had roles on SpongeBob SquarePants (1999), Borgnine appeared as Mermaid Man in 15 episodes, with West appearing as Young Mermaid Man in one episode in 2010, which also featured Borgnine.
34 Is a comic book buff, cowboy buff and movie buff.
35 Along with Roddy McDowall, Bob Hastings, Barry Dennen, Steve Franken, Michael Pataki and Judy Strangis, he is one of only seven actors to appear in both Batman (1966) and Batman: The Animated Series (1992).
36 Resided in Los Angeles, California for 30 years, from 1959 to 1989. Moved to Ketchum, Idaho in 1989.
37 Made 9 guest appearances on Politically Incorrect (1993), which was hosted by Bill Maher, who was one of his lifelong fans.
38 Began his television series Batman (1966) at age 37.
39 His idols when he was very young were John Wayne and Burgess Meredith.
40 The Batman costume worn by Adam West is now a part of The Azarian Collection.
41 Is the celebrity spokesperson for LendingTree and for Hebrew National Hot Dogs.
42 Acting mentor and friends with Burt Ward.
43 Was considered for the role of Thomas Wayne in Batman (1989), but lost the role to David Baxt.
44 While living in Hawaii, before becoming a successful actor, West took the role of sidekick on a local (Honolulu, Hawaii) children’s television program, called (the) “El Kini Popo Show,” which featured a chimpanzee. Eventually, West graduated from sidekick to star/host of the program.
45 Was screen tested for Tracy Steele in Hawaiian Eye (1959), but lost the role to Anthony Eisley.
46 His agent is Fred Wostbrock.
47 He was awarded a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on April 10, 2010.
48 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6764 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on April 5, 2012.
49 Has two stepchildren from Marcelle Lear’s (previous) marriage to John Lear.
50 His father, Otto West Anderson, died in 1984.
51 Met his third wife, Marcelle Lear, at a promotion for Learjets. While in his Batman (1966) costume, he posed with Learjet executive (and son of the founder) John Lear – who was married to her at the time.
52 Depression ran in his family, like his mother, he too suffered from it.
53 Neighbors with his Batman (1966) three episode guest star, Van Williams, who portrayed the Green Hornet on Batman, before Williams was spun off into his own show, The Green Hornet (1966). West had recommended Williams to the producers for the Green Hornet guest role on Batman.
54 He starred in a 1991 NBC pilot, which was produced by Conan O’Brien, a huge Batman (1966) fan, but the pilot was not picked up by the network.
55 Overcame alcoholism in the 1970s. His mother was also an alcoholic.
56 Was a celebrity spokesperson for Nestle’s Quik in 1965.
57 After his 1956 divorce from his first wife, Billie Lou Yeager, he met Ngahra Frisbiem, within months, while in Hawaii, and married her the following year.
58 He wanted to be an entertainer since he was a teenager.
59 His television series Batman (1966) was canceled after 2 1/2 seasons, not only because of low ratings, but because of the rising costs of the special effects and lighting. When ABC canceled the series, NBC was asked to run the show, however the set had already been dismantled.
60 Discussed the lead role in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) with Albert R. Broccoli. At the time, there were plans to reboot the franchise with an American Bond. West felt the role should be played by a British actor and ruled himself out of contention.
61 His father, Otto West Anderson was a charismatic farmer, his mother, Audrey Speer was a singer.
62 Was one of the three actors to appear in every episode of the original Batman (1966) series.
63 Before he was a successful actor, he also worked as an island tour guide.
64 Married his first wife, Billie Lou Yeager, when she was 17.
65 Before he was a successful actor, he also played water polo, ran track, skied and swam at Whitman College.
66 Attended and graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and a minor in Psychology.
67 At Lakeside High School, he excelled in sports and served as school president of his 1946 graduating class.
68 Hobbies include fishing, sailing, hiking, skiing, spending time with his family, listening to classic rock music, golfing, traveling, riding motorcycles, reading, watching movies, swimming, surfing and dancing.
69 Beat out two other actors, Lyle Waggoner and Ty Hardin, for the title role on Batman (1966).
70 Friends with: Robert Fuller, John Smith, James Drury, Doug McClure, James Best, Angie Dickinson, Alan Napier, Stafford Repp, James Garner, Brian Keith, Ernest Borgnine,Mickey Rooney, Robert Conrad, Florence Henderson, Carolyn Jones, Van Williams, Mario Van Peebles, Lorne Greene, Dick Clark, Casey Kasem, Yvonne Craig, Aaron Spelling, Abby Dalton, Ruta Lee, Chuck Connors, Jonathan Harris, Angela Cartwright, Bill Mumy, William Shatner, Beverly Garland, Clint Eastwood, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and Madge Blake, along with the rest of the Batman (1966) cast: Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, Burgess Meredith, Neil Hamilton, Frank Gorshin, Cesar Romero, Vincent Price, Victor Buono and Roddy McDowall.
71 Future comedians Conan O’Brien, Drew Carey, Bill Maher, Ross Shafer, radio disc jockey Howard Stern, The Simpsons (1989) Matt Groening, reality television show participant Lorenzo Lamas and weatherman/game show announcer Rich Fields, all said West was their childhood television hero.
72 Before he was a successful actor, he worked as a radio disc jockey, where he founded a military television station that his knack for deadpan comedy expanded.
73 Was drafted into the United States Army for two years.
74 Began his career as a contract player for Warner Bros. Pictures in 1959.
75 Attended and graduated from Lakeside High School in Seattle, Washington in 1946.
76 Moved with his mother and brother to Seattle, Washington when he was only 15, this was after his parents’ divorce.
77 His mother, Audrey Speer, of the Christian musical group The Speers, died in 1969.
78 Father of Hunter Anderson, Jonelle S. Anderson, Nina West and Perrin West.
79 Remained good friends with Burt Ward during and after the original Batman (1966) series.
80 Best known by the public for his starring role as the title character of the television series Batman (1966).
81 His former Batman (1966) co-star, Burt Ward, made a cameo appearance, voicing on an episode of The Simpsons (1989), with him, in 2002. Eight years later, Ward would also make another cameo appearance with him, voicing on an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants (1999), in 2010.
82 He has two roles in common with Val Kilmer: (1) West played Doc Holliday in Sugarfoot (1957), Colt .45 (1957) and Lawman (1958) while Kilmer played him in Tombstone (1993) and (2) West played Batman / Bruce Wayne in Batman (1966), Batman: The Movie (1966), SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984), The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985), The New Adventures of Batman (1977) and Legends of the Superheroes (1979) while Kilmer played him in Batman Forever (1995).
83 Had his creative dentist add a little black Batman logo to one of his molars.
84 According to DC Comics statistics, Batman stands 6-foot-2. Of all the actors who have played Batman, West is believed to be the only one who stood the same height.
85 Is a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri.
86 Was the third actor to play Batman (though some may credit him as the first, as the old serials are much more obscure than West’s television series Batman (1966)).
87 West once appeared on Batman: The Animated Series (1992) playing – of all things – an out-of-work actor who was unable to escape his identification with the role of a superhero he had played decades earlier, the Gray Ghost. Prior to this, West had supplied the voice of Batman on SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984).
88 His daughter Nina West is the host of TV Land Real Estate (2002). She is also a model and has twice appeared with her father on Howard Stern‘s radio show.
89 After playing the role of a resourceful secret agent in a Nestle’s Quik commercial in the early 1960s, he caught the eye of ABC executives. They figured that he might be right for an upcoming television series that was about to be produced, Batman (1966). The rest is history.

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