Actor Adam West was born William West Anderson on September 19 1928, in Seattle, Washington (some sources say Walla Walla). He spent his early years on his family’s ranch in Walla Walla, where his father, Otto, was a wheat farmer and his mother, Audrey, a concert pianist and opera singer. When he was a teenager, West’s parents divorced, and he moved with his mother and younger brother to Seattle, where he finished high school.
West continued his education at Whitman College, where he was a member of the debate team and participated in swimming, track, skiing and water polo. He graduated with a degree in English literature in 1951 and moved on to post-graduate work at Stanford and a stint in the U.S. Army, where he helped launch a series of military television stations.
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