Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Adam West gets a star on Hollywood Boulevard

Batmobile expected at ceremony

Express Staff Writer

Ketchum resident and television star Adam West will be honored Thursday afternoon with a bronze star on Hollywood Boulevard, celebrating his 50 years in show business.

West, 83, starred as millionaire Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) in the hit 1960s television series and other stage, television and film productions. He currently stars as himself, playing the mayor of the town of Qhahog in the animated television show "Family Guy."

"We are thrilled to honor Adam with this prestigious award," wrote Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President Leron Gubler. "Fans have been waiting for this special day for many years."

Born in Walla Walla, Wash., as William West Anderson, West began his career as a radio DJ and TV host. He arrived in Hollywood in 1959 after winning a contract with Warner Brothers. He had roles on "Maverick," "Bonanza" and "The Outer Limits" before landing the role of Batman, for which he would become a television icon.

West is expected to attend the ceremony at 6747 Hollywood Boulevard on April 5 at 11:30 am, accompanied by the Batmobile.

West, aloof and mysterious as always, could not be reached for comment. A listing in the Ketchum telephone directory for Adam West reads "See Bruce Wayne Millionaire." A listing for Bruce Wayne in the directory reads "Please consult crime fighters in the Yellow Pages."

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