‘Batman’ Actor Michael ‘Alfred’ Gough Has Died
R.I.P. Michael Gough (November 23rd, 1916 – March 17th, 2011)
Best known for playing the role of Alfred Pennyworth in the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher Batman movies, seasoned actor Michael Gough has passed away at the age of 94.
In a prolific career spanning over eight decades, Gough was involved in 179 film/television projects (his most notable TV appearances were in Doctor Who and The Avengers). He gained a cult status amongst horror aficionados through his work in such films as Dracula (1958), The Phantom of the Opera (1962), and Satan’s Slave (1976). In 1984’s satirical comedy Top Secret!, he starred in a supporting role alongside Val Kilmer and Peter Cushing. However, as mentioned above, Gough is probably best known (amongst North American audiences at least) for having played the iconic role of Bruce Wayne/Batman’s loyal butler, Alfred (“Goodnight Alfred…”). He also starred as Alfred in Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin.
Gough’s most recent films have been 2005’s Corspe Bride (the voice of Elder Gutnecht), and last year’s Academy Award-winning film, Alice in Wonderland (the voice of Dodo Bird). His final credited role was for voicing the character of ‘Parasite’ in the recent video release of All-Star Superman (co-starring James Denton, Christina Hendricks and Anthony LaPaglia).
Michael Gough is survived by his wife Henrietta, his sons Simon & Jasper, and his daughter Emma. He will be sorely missed by countless movie/television fans from across the globe.
Source: The Screening Room