Adam West

Adam West Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 5, 2012

West in 2012, photo by

Birth Name: William West Anderson

Date of Birth: September 19, 1928

Place of Birth: Walla Walla, Washington, U.S.

Date of Death: June 9, 2017

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

*father – Swedish
*mother – English, small amounts of Welsh, German, and Irish, remote Scottish

Adam West was an American actor. He is known for playing Batman in the 1960s television series and film, and for voicing Mayor West, who was named after him, on the series Family Guy.

He was the son of Audrey Volenne Flothow (Speer) and Otto West Anderson. He had four children, two with his wife, Marcelle Tagand Lear, and two with his former wife, Tahitian dancer Ngahra Frisbie Dawson.

Adam’s paternal grandfather was Jöns Peter “John” Anderson (the son of Anders/Andrew Bengtsson/Bangston and Boel/Bula Johansdotter/Johnston). Jöns was born in Östra Ramlösa, Malmöhus Skåne län, Sweden. Boel was the daughter of Johan Pålsson and Karna Mikelsdotter.

Adam’s paternal grandmother was Anna Fredrika/Fredricka Gamberg (the daughter of Gustof Nilson Gamberg and Anna Lisa Danielsdotter). Adam’s grandmother Anna was born in Kråksmåla, Kalmar län, Sweden. Gustof was the son of Nils Persson Gamberg and Stina Pehrsdotter. Adam’s great-grandmother Anna was the daughter of Daniel Jonsson and Lisa Cajsa Petersdotter.

Adam’s maternal grandfather was William Felix Speer (the son of James Speer and Elizabeth Jane Garred). William was born in Oregon. James was the son of John Speer and Margret White. Elizabeth was the daughter of Felix Walter Garred and Sarah Jane/E. Lewis; Elizabeth’s maternal second great-grandfather, Abraham Sneethen, was born in Germany.

Adam’s maternal grandmother was Ina E. Hunter (the daughter of Peter Hunter and Miriam/Mirriam Adams). Ina was born in Washington. Peter was the son of Peter Hunter and Eliza Hannan. Miriam was the daughter of Samuel Adams and Diadama Moore.

Sources: Genealogies of Adam West –

6 Responses

  1. Alice Yákclaw says:

    William Anderson is my boyfriend’s 3rd Cousin 3x removed.

  2. fuzzybear44 says:

    by far my favorite batman. I mean ,What other batman could pull a bat bullet proof shield from underneath his cape, Or make a bat skateboard from a pill

    • ses101 says:

      Yip. Adam West IS Batman as far as I’m concerned. I have always preferred the tongue in cheek cartoon style of his shows to the dark gloomy films that followed.

  3. madman says:

    His mother’s ancestry is: English, small amounts of Welsh, German, and Irish, remote Scottish. French and Breton is not worth mentioning.

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  4. savanna says:

    “Nobody messes with Adam We!”

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