Vale: Michael Gough

Actor Michael Gough, best known for his role as Bruce Wayne’s butler ‘Alfred’ in the Batman films, has died aged 94.

He had not been well for the past year and passed away at home surrounded by family, his agent said.

Gough appeared in more than 150 films and TV shows during his 65-year career.

In the early 1960s he starred in The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Count of Monte Christo and The Saint.

The next two decades saw him appear in more cult series including The Avengers, The Champions, Colditz and Blake’s 7.

He was also known to Doctor Who fans after appearing in a 1965 episode entitled ‘The Celestial Toymaker’ and again in the 1980s in an episode opposite the fifth Doctor, played by Peter Davison.

But Gough will no doubt be best remembered for his role as ‘Alfred Pennyworth’ in the four-film Batman franchise, starring opposite Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney.

Source: BBC


  1. Sad.

    He will always be the one I associate Alfred in Batman with. Although I guess I prefer Michael Keaton as Batman to Christian Bale, as well.

  2. One of thse actors who made cult television in the sixties, and then became a favourite of Tim Burton (after Batman, Burton used him in Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride and Alice In Wonderland). And (sorry Mr Caine) for me, his Alfred is definitive.

    But he’ll always be the Toymaker…

    “We shall play endless games together”

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