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The Last Precinct aired from April until May 1986 on NBC.
Adam 12 was never like this. The title The Last Precinct reffered to both the location of Los Angeles' 56th precinct ( on the jurisdictional border between the L.A.P.D. and the county sheriff's office) and the fact that it was the dumping ground for all the eccentrics and misfits of the L.A.P.D.
In charge of the precinct, more or less, was straight-arrow Capt. Rick Wright ( Adam West), who often seemed oblivious to the goings-on around him. His officers included handsome Price Pascall (Jonathan Perpich), the closest the 56th had to an effective, relatively normal policeman; Raid(Rick Ducommon), a bumbling overweight motorcycle cop; Rina ( Lucy Lee Flippin),the records clerk with the hots for Raid; Night Train (Ernie Hudson), a black plainclothes officer who dressed like a pimp; Mel Brubaker(Randi Brooks), a sexy mini-skirt officer who had been a man before his/her sex-change operation; King( Pete Willcox), an Elvis Presley impersonator; Alphabet (Vijay Amritraj), a stereotypically polite Indian exchange officer; and over-the-hill veterans Butch and Sundance ( Keenan Wynn in his final role and Hank Rolike).
The 56th was always in competition with the nearby county sheriff's office, run by Lt. Hobbs( Wings Hauser) and his nazi-like assistant Sgt. Haggerty ( Yana Nirvana).
The pilot fot the series was telecast on January 26, 1986, immediately following Super Bowl XX; seven regular episodes were aired beginning in April.
The Last Precinct was a Stephen J. Cannell Production.
7 memorable Adam West roles that aren't Batman
We love him as the Caped Crusader, but Adam West has some other incredible roles too!
When it comes to Batman, there's only one person we want to see as the superhero: Adam West. Fifty years ago, West paired up with Burt Ward and Yvonne Craig to fight a slew of villains and guest stars for three years on the cult classic series. Since then, he's suited up with his fellow superheroes to reprise his most famous role for television commercials, live action series, video games, animated series and one really bizarre variety special.
While it may be true that West was typecast as the Caped Crusader after the series wrapped in the late '60s, that hasn't stopped him from taking on some seriously fun roles in the years that have followed.
In honor of West's birthday today, we're looking back on eight roles from the actor you might not know about. Take a look!
1. The Detectives (1961-1962)
West's first series wasn't Batman. It was actually crime drama The Detectives, which ran for three seasons starting in 1959. During the show's final season in 1961, West joined the cast as Sgt. Steve Nelson. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry served as a contributing writer on the series, which also starred Mark Goddard, Tige Andrews and Robert Taylor.
2. Bewitched (1964)
West plays a character named Kermit in the season one episode "Love is Blind." Don't worry though, we're not talking about the frog. In this episode, Kermit falls for one of Samantha's friends, who may or not be a witch. West casts a spell on the audience with this performance, which debuted just a few months before he nabbed the role of Batman.
3. The Big Valley (1968)
The Big Valley episode "In Silent Battle" presents West in a way we're not used to seeing him. Yes, the season four premiere takes the superhero and turns him into a villain. He's a murderer, psychopath and has some pretty unpopular opinions about how a woman should act. We're fairly certain Victoria Barkley would be unimpressed.
4. Night Gallery (1971)
West took on another classic, albeit more sinister, character with this episode of Night Gallery. Three years after hanging up his cape on TV, West transforms from Dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hyde after drinking a potion disguised as a martini given to him by his assistant. "If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times: Go easy on the vermouth," West quips after seeing himself in the mirror, proving he always has to put a comedic spin on any role he takes.
5. The Last Precinct (1986)
In the 1980s, West was poised for a comeback. After all, other '60s television stars like Dick Van Dyke and Andy Griffith had their own shows that did well in the ratings. But The Last Precinct didn't relaunch West's career like Diagnosis Murderor Matlockdid for the others. The police sitcom only ran for eight episodes despite debuting after Super Bowl XX.
6. Rugrats (1992)
We know West as the iconic superhero Batman, but kids in the 1990s may remember him as another superhero: Captain Blasto. In a season two episode of the animated series Rugrats, West lends his voice as the fictional 1950s TV hero, who inspires one of the kids to become a superhero.
7. Family Guy (2000-present)
West continued lending his voice to animated series, most notably as Mayor Adam West on the sitcom Family Guy. For 16 years and counting, Mayor West has been the town of Quahog's eccentric, delusional and utterly incompetent mayor. In one episode, the mayor wastes taxpayer money to commission a solid gold statue of the Dig 'Em frog from Honey Smacks cereal. It's a departure from Batman, but his character's antics are just as fun to watch.
An Article from the Chicago Tribune
Holy Typecasting! Even Adam West Can`t Escape Batman
December 19, 1985|By Mark Wolf, Scripps-Howard News Service.
When Adam West decided that he, like all those villains, couldn`t escape from Batman, he figured, ``Why try?``
West played the title role of ``Batman`` for two seasons (1966-1968) on ABC and became so linked with the role of the caped crusader (Holy Typecasting!) that his acting career went into a tailspin.
``When you wear a mask and create a character, nothing will pigeonhole you faster,`` said West. ``I knew that going into it, but I had also made up my mind to break out of it. Persistence is the name of the game. You really can`t do it unless you try.
``I`ve done pilot after pilot for 15 years and everything from pretty decent movies to some real turkeys. I`ve played dinner theaters. I`m a working stiff. If you`re a plumber, you plumb. I`m an actor. I act.``
And, he will always be Batman.
During a recent flight from Los Angeles to Denver (where West appeared at an auto show), the Continental flight crew sketched the Batman symbol on a pillowcase. A few minutes later, a woman brought him a copy of a crossword puzzle that contained a ``Batman`` question. (What is below Wayne Manor? The Bat Cave, of course.)
Such strong identification with a high-profile character has ruined other actors, but West made a decision not to deny his ties to Batman. He does 5 to 25 Batman-linked appearances a year.
``You can be bitter and . . . there was a time when I retreated to the beach, licked my wounds and hit the bottle too much,`` said West. ``It can be difficult, but I`m not the only one it`s ever happened to.``
He jokes that the notion of never mentioning Batman crosses his mind
``every two or three days. But somehow the money helps when you have six kids and you like to live well. In this business, you`re either sipping the champagne or stomping the grapes.``
West is involved in potentially his best post-Batman role: He`s co-starring with Ernie (``Ghostbusters``) Hudson in ``The Last Precinct,`` a comedy-adventure series produced by Steven Cannell that NBC has picked up for a mid-season replacement.
``It`s about a bunch of misfit cops the city doesn`t know what to do with, so they create a garbage dump precinct in the city morgue annex,`` West said. ``It`s like a modernized Keystone Kops. I play the captain who gets involved in the action but basically tries to hold all the loonies together without realizing I`m probably the looniest one of all.``
Whatever the success of ``Last Precinct,`` West`s identification with Batman has been sealed by the series` exposure through reruns to more than 400 million people worldwide (according to syndicator 20th Century-Fox).
An Article from People Magazine
Pow! Zap! Batman's Adam West Trades His Cape for a Cop's Badge on the Last Precinct
May 12, 1986 12:00 PM
Adam West strolls onto the Hollywood set of NBC’s The Last Precinct, the Police Academy knockoff that West calls “a kind of Hill Street Blues turned upside down.” Quickly, he slips into character as Capt. Rob Wright, one heck of a cop but for the small detail that fellow officers who come near him have the unfortunate habit of winding up dead. “Okay, Johnny Boy, I’m taking off the kid gloves,” says West as Wright, shining a light into the face of a suspected felon. “Tell us everything you know.” The director yells “Cut.” A few more takes follow and finally West is finished.
Minutes later he dashes for a waiting limousine that will take him to the L.A. airport. In his garment bag are a cape, a cowl and tights. His destination: Cincinnati. His mission: Give a speech and sign autographs for thousands of adoring fans who have lined up for hours to see hi His identity: Batman, the TV role that made West a household name from 1966 to 1968.
For 18 years West, now 57, has bee making twice-monthly forays around the country, always patient with fans still asking questions such as “What’s the Batmobile got in it?” and “Where can I get a cape like that?” “I think I’d be doing fans a great disservice if I were to try to bury Batman,” he says.
When the TV show ended, West’s career almost went with it. “It was impossible for me to get a role,” he says. “If it got down to the wire for the part of the leading man, the powers that be would say, ‘Hey, what are you guys doing? You can’t put Batman in bed with Faye Dunaway.’ ” Stephen (The A Team) Cannell, executive producer of The Last Precinct, had no such problem. West’s “great comedy timing and droll delivery made him the front-runner from the minute his name was mentioned,” says Cannell. “We’ll create a new stereotype for him.”
Over the years West survived on his Batman appearances (he insists he’s also owed a slice of billions earned on Batman merchandise) and insignificant TV movies. Last year, in what had to be a low point, he appeared in Celebrity Daredevils, a CBS special. His stunt was to drive a car through the side of a moving van. “When people get pretentious and talk about their great body of work,” says West, “I think, ‘What the hell am I going to say?’ But then I look around and realize I’ve not done too bad for a farm boy.”
Born William West Anderson, he grew up on a wheat farm in Walla Walla, Wash. He worked as a TV station manager, served in the Army, got married and divorced, and traveled through Europe before settling in Hawaii in the mid-’50s. There he took up acting, was spotted doing community theater and ended up in Hollywood. “My first role was playing Paul Newman’s problematic father in The Young Philadelphians,” recalls West, who quickly found himself in movies such as Soldier in the Rain and Robinson Crusoe on Mars. Then in 1965 he was offered Batman. “I said, ‘Oh, wonderful. I’m trying to have a serious career here, and they tell me about something from the comics I used to read as a kid.”
He worried—rightly so—that the part could damage his career. “I guess it was the right decision or maybe it wasn’t,” he says even today. “I still carry scars from the image identification problem.” It was during his Batman days that he met Marcelle Lear, then the wife of airplane heir Bill Lear; she married West in 1970. West had posed together with the Lears for a publicity shot. “I saw Adam in costume and thought, ‘This is very strange,’ ” recalls Marcelle, now 41, a native of France. “But when he removed the mask, I saw a very attractive man with a good sense of humor.” Says West: “Coming home to a wife is like coming home to a simmering pot of soup on the stove. You just come home and have a nice bowl of soup.” (They live in his 12-room Pacific Palisades home with their two children, Nina and Perrin. West has two children, Jonelle, 26, and Hunter, 25, from his seven-year marriage to Tahitian dancer Ngarua Frisbie-Dawson, his second wife.)
West hopes that The Last Precinct will give him a new TV identity. If it should not, he will do what now comes naturally—don his cape, lower his voice, shimmy into his gray tights and swoop down on another gathering of cult fans. Just the other day, when he called directory assistance, an operator asked, “Is this the Adam West?” Replied West, who has heard the question possibly a million times before: “I’m the only one I know.”
Here is Keenan Wynn's Obituary from The New York Times
KEENAN WYNN IS DEAD AT 70; THIRD-GENERATION PERFORMER
By JAMES BARRON
October 15, 1986
Keenan Wynn - who played a clowning thug in ''Kiss Me Kate,'' blasted a vending machine in ''Dr. Strangelove'' and was one of Hollywood's most versatile supporting actors - died of cancer yesterday at his home in Brentwood, Calif. He was 70 years old.
Mr. Wynn, who played in more than 200 movies and 250 television shows, was a third-generation entertainer who found the path to stardom rougher and steeper because of his roots.
''My grandfather, Frank Keenan, made his debut on May 7, 1876, as a spear-carrier at the Tremont Street Opera House in Boston. My mother, Hilda Keenan, married Ed Wynn, who made his debut in 1902. I started acting in 1935, and my son Tracy began as a writer in about 1967,'' Mr. Wynn said in an interview 10 years ago. Frank Keenan was a Shakespearean actor and silent film star until his death in 1930. Ed Wynn died in 1966.
But while Keenan Wynn did not start acting until he was 19, he made his stage debut when he was a few months old. His father interrupted a comedy routine at the Winter Garden Theater in 1916, dashed to the wings and returned to center stage carrying a blanketed bundle. ''You might as well start now,'' he told the audience, ''because you'll see a lot of him from here on. Acted in Father's Shadow
That was the beginning of the career of Francis Xavier Aloysius James Jeremiah Keenan Wynn, a career that for years seemed to exist in the famous and funny father's shadow. ''I was Ed Wynn's son, period,'' he said in 1957.
Impressed by Keenan Wynn's gift for mimicry and natural sense of comic timing, the father pressed him to be a comedian.
In 1938, when Keenan Wynn was playing a killer in a play called ''Blind Alley,'' Ed Wynn came backstage after a performance. ''You were wonnderful, you were just wonderful,'' Ed Wynn said, ''but you really should play comedy.''
Another time, Keenan Wynn showed his father how he was planning to handle a small part he had been assigned. The script called for him to open a door, walk to the center of the stage and tell a woman that her son had been killed in a riding accident.
After Keenan Wynn had acted the scene out, Ed Wynn was horrified. ''That's terrible,'' he said. ''Fling open the door like this, and when you come into the room trip over the sill like this and fall, and then they'll know you're Ed Wynn's son.''
Sometimes being Ed Wynn's son was a liability, no matter what the role. Depression-era directors were reluctant to give him parts. They felt other actors deserved the work more than this son of a rich comedian.
''When I did get a job, the cast hated me before they met me,'' Keenan Wynn once said. ''They were sure my dad had bought my way in and that I would be a conceited pup.''
But Keenan Wynn resisted the submersion of his personality, and as he grew older and television provided him with new audiences that were too young to know about his family's vaudeville roots, he realized how much he relished supporting roles. Content With Character Parts
''I have always been the 'second man,' '' he said. ''My billing is always 'with' 'and' or 'also.' That's always been O.K. with me. Let the stars take the blame.''
In addition to his role as a tough-minded paratrooper in ''Dr. Strangelove'' (1964), he played a gangster with Lee Marvin in the movie ''Point Blank'' (1967) and a fight handler for Jack Palance in the television production of ''Requiem for a Heavyweight.'' In ''Kiss Me Kate,'' he and James Whitmore clowned around as backstage interlopers in a number called ''Brush Up Your Shakespeare.''
His most recent role was on the ABC television series ''Call to Glory.'' He played a seat-of-the-pants pilot whose son flew U-2 missions in the early 1960's. A movie in which Mr. Wynn acted, ''Hyper Sapien,'' will be released later this year, his family said.
He also appeared in ''The Americanization of Emily'' (1964), ''Finian's Rainbow'' (1968), ''Nashville'' (1975) and as a fire chief in Walt Disney's ''Absent-Minded Professor'' (1961).
He is survived by his wife, Sharley; two daughters, Hilda Keenan Rabuchin and Edwyna Keenan Armstrong; two sons, Edmond Keenan Wynn and Tracy Keenan Wynn, and four grandchildren.
Here is Adam West's Obituary from The Hollywood Reporter
Adam West, Straight-Faced Star of TV's 'Batman,' Dies at 88
8:16 AM PDT 6/10/2017 by Mike Barnes
The actor struggled to find work after the campy superhero series was canceled, but he rebounded with voiceover gigs, including one as the mayor of Quahog on 'Family Guy.'
Adam West, the ardent actor who managed to keep his tongue in cheek while wearing the iconic cowl of the Caped Crusader on the classic 1960s series Batman, has died. He was 88.
West, who was at the pinnacle of pop culture after Batman debuted in January 1966, only to see his career fall victim to typecasting after the ABC show flamed out, died Friday night in Los Angeles after a short battle with leukemia, a family spokesperson said.
West died peacefully surrounded by his family and is survived by his wife, Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
"Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans' lives. He was and always will be our hero," his family said in a statement.
After struggling for years without a steady job, the good-natured actor reached a new level of fame when he accepted an offer to voice the mayor of Quahog — named Adam West; how's that for a coincidence! — on Seth MacFarlane's long-running Fox animated hit Family Guy.
On the big screen, West played a wealthy Main Line husband who meets an early end in Paul Newman's The Young Philadelphians (1959), was one of the first two humans on the Red Planet in Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964) and contributed his velvety voice to the animated Redux Riding Hood (1997), which received an Oscar nomination for best short film.
Raised on a ranch outside Walla Walla, Washington, West caught the attention of Batman producer William Dozier when he played Captain Quik, a James Bond-type character with a sailor's cap, in commercials for Nestle's Quik.
West, who had appeared in many Warner Bros. television series as a studio contract player, was filming the spaghetti Western The Relentless Four (1965) in Europe at the time. He returned to the States to meet with Dozier, "read the pilot script and knew after 20 pages that it was the kind of comedy I wanted to do," he said in a 2006 interview with the Archive of American Television.
He signed a contract on the spot, asking only that he be given the chance to approve who would play his sidekick, Robin, the Boy Wonder. (He would OK the casting of Burt Ward, who had a brown belt in karate but zero acting experience.)
"The tone of our first show, by Lorenzo Semple Jr., was one of absurdity and tongue in cheek to the point that I found it irresistible," West said. "I think they recognized that in me from what they'd seen me do before. I understood the material and brought something to it.
"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."
The hunky Lyle Waggoner (later of The Carol Burnett Show) and Peter Deyell also tested to play the Gotham City crime fighters, but West and Ward clearly were superior, and Batman debuted at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 12, 1966, a Wednesday.
The cliffhanger episode would be resolved the very next night — Same Bat-time! Same Bat-channel! The show was originally intended to last an hour, but ABC split it up when it had two time slots available on its primetime schedule.
West said that he played Batman "for laughs, but in order to do [that], one had to never think it was funny. You just had to pull on that cowl and believe that no one would recognize you."
The series, filmed in eye-popping bright colors in an era of black-and-white and featuring a revolving set of villains like the Riddler (Frank Gorshin), Joker (Cesar Romero), Penguin (Burgess Meredith) and Catwoman (Julie Newmar), was an immediate hit; the Thursday installment was No. 5 in the Nielsen ratings for the 1965-66 season, and the Wednesday edition was No. 10.
"Stellar, exemplar, a king to the end," Newmar said of West in a statement: "He was bright, witty and fun to work with. I will miss him in the physical world and savor him always in the world of imagination and creativity. He meant so much to people."
Batman was nominated for the Emmy Award for outstanding comedy series in its first year, losing out to CBS' The Dick Van Dyke Show. A 20th Century Fox movie was rushed into production and played in theaters in the summer before season two kicked off in September 1966.
However, the popularity of the show soon plummeted, and Batman — despite the addition of Yvonne Craig as Batgirl — was canceled in March 1968 after its third season.
West quickly struggled to find work, forced to make appearances in his cape and cowl at car shows and carnivals and in such obscure films as The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker (1971), written by Semple, and The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980). He and his family downsized, leaving their home in the tony Pacific Palisades for Ketchum, Idaho.
"The people who were hiring, the people who were running the studios, running the shows, were dinosaurs," the actor said in the 2013 documentary Starring Adam West. "They thought Batman was a big accident, that there was no real creative thought, expertise or art behind it. They were wrong."
West returned to voice his iconic character in such cartoons as The New Adventures of Batman, Legends of the Superheroes, SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show and The Simpsons, and Warner Bros.' long-awaited DVD release of ABC's Batman in 2014 brought him back into the Bat Signal's spotlight.
He was born William West Anderson in Seattle on Sept. 19, 1928, the second of two sons. His father, Otto, was a wheat farmer; his mother, Audrey, was a pianist and opera singer.
West attended an all-boys high school, then graduated with a major in English literature from Whitman College. During his senior year, he worked for a local radio station, doing everything from Sunday morning religion shows to the news.
He also starred in a couple of plays at the local theater. "I found that I could move an audience and I was appreciated," he said.
In the Army, West served as an announcer on American Forces Network television, then worked as the station manager at Stanford while he was a graduate student.
He got a job at a McClatchy station in Sacramento, California, then moved to Hawaii, where he hosted a two-hour weekday show in the late 1950s with a diaper-wearing chimp named Peaches. (West said he once interviewed William Holden as the actor was passing through.)
West got a contract at Warner Bros. at $150 a week and was placed in one of the studio's TV series — Colt .45, Maverick, Hawaiian Eye, 77 Sunset Strip, Cheyenne, etc. — pretty much every week.
He got his first regular TV role when he played Det. Sgt. Steve Nelson under the command of Robert Taylor on the 1959-62 ABC/NBC series The Detectives, coming aboard when that show expanded to one hour in color.
After he split with Warner Bros., West showed up in such forgettable films as Geronimo (1962) starring Chuck Connors, Tammy and the Doctor (1963) with Sandra Dee and in The Three Stooges film The Outlaws Is Coming (1965) before Batman changed his life forever.
He later starred in a rejected 1991 NBC pilot episode called Lookwell — written by Conan O'Brien and Robert Smigel — in which he portrayed a once-famous TV detective who thinks he can solve crimes in real life.
Then came the gig on MacFarlane's Family Guy.
"I had done a pilot with Seth that he had written for me. It turned out we had the same kind of comic sensibilities and got along well," he said in a 2012 interview. "When Family Guy came around and Seth became brilliantly successful, he decided to call me and see what I was doing. He asked if I would like to come aboard as the mayor, and I thought it would be neat to do something sort of absurd and fun."
Starring Adam West culminates with him receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012.
He married Marcelle in 1970; they met when she was the wife of the Lear Jet founder and they posed for a publicity photo at Santa Monica Airport, with him in his Batman costume. (They each had two children from their previous marriages, then added a couple of their own.)
In a tribute to West, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD chief Charlie Beck at 9 p.m. on Thursday will light a Bat-signal that will be projected onto the tower of Los Angeles City Hall at Spring Street.
Donations in West's name can be made to to the Adam West Memorial Fund for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the Idaho-based charity for children diagnosed with cancer and their families, Camp Rainbow Gold.
When Batman was canceled, "The only thing I thought is that it would be the end of me, and it was for a bit," West told an audience at Comic-Con in 2014. "But then I realized that what we created in the show … we created this zany, lovable world.
"I look around and I see the adults — I see you grew up with me, and you believe in the adventure. I never believed this would happen, that I would be up here with illustrious people like yourselves. I'm so grateful! I'm the luckiest actor in the world, folks, to have you still hanging around."
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To watch clips from the Last Precinct go to https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=last+precinct+tv+show
For more on The Last Precinct go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Precinct
For a website dedicated to Adam West go to http://www.adamwest.com/
For a Website dedicated to Stephen J. Cannell go to http://www.cannell.com/
For more on Stephen J. Cannell go to http://www.museum.tv/eotv/cannelstep.htm
To watch the opening credits go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJjiVamIV8I
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