‘Maverick’: Actor Adam West Guest Starred as Doc Holliday in Three Different Western Sitcoms

by Joe Rutland
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Actor Adam West was busy early in his career, playing roles on “Maverick” and even portraying Doc Holliday on three different TV westerns.

Back in 1959, West played Holliday on “Colt .45,” “Sugarfoot,” and “Lawman.” All three shows were produced by Warner Bros. and appeared on ABC.

West would begin to find ABC a rather quaint home for his acting talents. “Maverick,” which also aired on ABC, had him on in two episodes in 1958. “Two Tickets to Ten Strike” and “A Fellow’s Brother” were those shows that included West among cast members. He played opposite James Garner, who played Bret Maverick, on the show.

Adam West Ended Up Getting Pilot For Playing ‘Doc Holliday’

As for playing Doc Holliday, West, in an interview for the Archive of American Television, said Warner Bros. wrote a pilot for him called “Doc Holliday.”

“And I played Doc and Leslie Martinson, who later directed our ‘Batman’ movie, directed the pilot,” West said. “I played Doc Holliday before, I think, Madison Avenue would really accept these things. I played him as a consumptive alcoholic, you know, kind of like he was and they said, ‘Well, what would happen if he kissed his horse?'”

That pilot didn’t go anywhere for West’s career but he kept making guest-starring roles on other shows, too, like “Perry Mason.”

Obviously, Classic TV fans know West’s name from the popular show “Batman.” West played Bruce Wayne and “Batman” on the tongue-in-cheek superhero show between 1966-68. Yes, “Batman” also aired on ABC, too.

‘Maverick’ Guest Star Says He Enjoyed Time On The Show

West, in the same interview, said that he loved appearing on “Maverick.” He also said that he enjoyed playing opposite James Garner and Jack Kelly.

When West did the interview, Kelly already had died. Kelly, who played Bart Maverick, died on Nov. 7, 1992, at 62 years old. Garner died on July 19, 2014, at 86 years old. West died on June 9, 2017, at 88 years old.

While generations of TV fans grew up watching West on “Batman,” another generation grew up hearing West’s voice as mayor of Quahog, R.I., on “Family Guy.” It proved to be quite an uplifting experience for West as show creator Seth MacFarlane made sure there were no “Batman” inferences at all.

Adam West could, at last, be in a role where his time as the Caped Crusader was never mentioned.

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