A movie and comic book buff.
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.
After playing the role of a resourceful secret agent in a Nestle's Quik commercial in the early '60s, he caught the eye of ABC executives. They figured that he might be right for an upcoming TV show that was about to be produced, "Batman" (1966). The rest is history.
At Lakeside High School, he excelled in sports and served as school president of his graduating class, which he graduated from in 1946.
Before he was a successful actor, he also worked as an Island tour guide.
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.
Before he was an successful, he also played water polo, ran track, skied and swam at Whitman College.
Began his career as a contract player for Warner Bros. in 1959.
Best known by the public for his starring role as the title character in "Batman" (1966).
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.
Future comedians Conan O'Brien, Drew Carey, Bill Maher, Ross Shafer, radio disc jockey Howard Stern, "The Simpsons" (1989) Matt Groening and weatherman/game show announcer Rich Fields, all said West was their childhood television hero.
Graduated from Lakeside High School in Seattle, Washington, in 1946.
Graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, with a bachelor's degree in Literature and a minor in Psychology.
Had his creative dentist add a little black Batman logo to one of his molars.
Has shared two roles with Val Kilmer: Bruce Wayne/Batman and lawman John "Doc" Holliday. He also shares the latter role with his Batman cast mate, Cesar Romero.
He has 11 hobbies: fishing, skiing, spending time with his family, golfing, traveling, riding motorcycles, reading, watching movies, swimming, surfing and dancing.
He has his own web page where you can purchase his book, get memorabilia and even send him E-mail.