Before that, he played the Caped Crusader in the first TV adaptation of Batman which ran for three seasons between 1966 and 1968, and to call it hilarious would be an understatement.
It was bright, witty, bizarre, camp, psychedelic, choc-full of side-splitting one-liners and above all was always entertaining and much of that was a credit to West, whose dry delivery and comedy timing was untouchable.
Everything from this scene from West subtle voice change to the way he alters his expression when talking as Wayne or Batman is pure gold.
This scene comes from a 1967 episode named 'Ice Spy' where the villain Mr Freeze sends his specially trained seal, Isolde, to Gotham City police headquarters with a note demanding that Batman deliver a ransom for a professor he has kidnapped.
It's unlikely that many people have seen this full episode but that hasn't stopped the clip from winning the hearts of the internet, where it has been viewed more than 900,000 views.
You can stack all the Batman movies on top of each other and they don't own as hard as this. https://t.co/9QfG2ZrWtX