In a signature role, West played Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, the crime-fighting, costumed Batman, a popular comics character who came to life on the ABC-TV series. Tittle made the Pro Bowl seven times over his 17-year career, and he was the NFL's MVP in 1963.
The show, with a catchy -- some might say aggravating -- theme song, earned a cult following. Country music legend Mel Tillis died early on November 19, according to a statement from his publicist. Tillis was a prolific singer-songwriter who penned more than 1,000 songs and recorded more than 60 albums in a career that spanned six decades. In this photo, Tittle squats on the field after being hit hard during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1964.
Deford was well known for his NPR commentaries as well as his decades-long career at Sports Illustrated.
Gregg Allman, the founding member of the Allman Brothers Band who overcame family tragedy, drug addiction and health problems to become a grizzled elder statesman for the blues music he loved, died May 27. Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, died May 17.
Longtime character actor Harry Dean Stanton died September 15 at the age of 91, according to his agent, John S. Stanton, whose gaunt, worn looks were more recognizable to many than his name, appeared in more than 100 movies and 50 TV shows, including "Alien," "Repo Man," "Paris, Texas" and "Pretty in Pink."Glen Campbell, the upbeat guitarist from Delight, Arkansas, whose smooth vocals and down-home manner made him a mainstay of music and television for decades, died August 8 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease, his family announced on Facebook. Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor, died at his home in Kentucky on July 27. Shepard authored more than 40 plays, winning the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1979 for his play "Buried Child," which explored the breakdown of the traditional American family.