Lyle Waggoner


  1. Adam West, Batman, TV,  1966-1968.    What a chequered career… The ex- encyclopedia salesman lost Bruce Wayne (and Clark Kent!) but won the teflonesque Major Steve Trevor (Wonder Woman’s boss, 1976-1979), became Playgirl magazine’s first male nude centrefold and ran Star Waggons, largest supplier of trailers for the stars. His Bat-test (with Peter RJ Deyell as Robin) was  seen (with the winning  tests of West and Burt Ward) in the same Fox studio’s Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1,1999, and the batty Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt, 2003.   Telly cowpoke Ty Hardin also auditioned. West won because he understood “you can’t play Batman in a serious, square-jawed, straight-ahead way without giving the audience the sense that there’s something behind that mask waiting to get out, that he’s a little crazed, he’s strange.” In my London ‘60s, I wrote a script for BatWest in 1967 – teaching UKids road safety rules (“Look right, look
  2. Christopher Reeve, Superman, 1977



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