West’s television incarnation of “Batman” was a stark departure from the darker, brooding anti-hero depicted in DC Comics and subsequent movies. In the movies, billionaire Bruce Wayne’s alter ego was played by the likes of Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and more recently, Ben Affleck — but with higher stakes and a more somber tone. With its violence and Kafkaesque tone, Fox’s current take on Batman, “Gotham,” is also a far cry from the color-splashed, Dutch-tilted camera work of its predecessor.
The actor found his career defined by the cape and cowl he once donned, and West reportedly struggled to find work in the ensuing years after “Batman” was cancelled. West, however, thrived on voiceover work and commercials, and returned to popularity as the mayor of Quahog, a fictional city in Rhode Island, on the animated series “Family Guy.”
“You get terribly typecast playing a character like that,” he told The Associated Press in a 2014 interview. “But in the overall, I’m delighted because my character became iconic and has opened a lot of doors in other ways, too.” He returned to the role in an episode of the animated “The Simpsons.”
The actor owned homes in Los Angeles and Palm Springs but lived mostly in Sun Valley, Idaho. He is survived by his third wife, Marcelle, as well as six children.
“We know you’ll miss him too and we want you to know how much your love and support meant to him throughout the years,” the family added. “Hug your loved ones today.”
–The Associated Press contributed to this article.