George Barris, TV’s Original Batmobile Creator Passes Away At 89
George Barris, who created the original "Batmobile" for the TV series "Batman" passed away at his Los Angeles home with his family by his side. No cause of death has been given, but Barris had been experiencing declining health. He was 89.
Not only did Barris create the original "Batmobile", but was responsible for quite a few other iconic Hollywood vehicles. He worked on "The Munster Koach" for the 1960s TV show "The Munsters," and "Black Beauty," the car Bruce Lee used in the TV show, "The Green Hornet."
He also helped customize tour buses for many famous rock stars.
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The most famous of all, the Batmobile, built from a refurbished 1955 Lincoln Futura, sold at auction two years ago for $4.2 million.
Barris, meanwhile, remained active until recent months. He and his son, Brett, took part in a signing last summer at a Los Angeles car dealership for their recently published book, "King of the Kustomizers: The Art of George Barris."
In addition to his son, Barris is survived by his daughter, Joji Barris-Paster, and a grandson. Barris was preceded in death by his wife.