Michael Gough, Batman's Alfred, Dies at 94 Mar 17, 2011 02:36 PM ET by Robyn Ross TVGuide.com
British actor Michael Gough, best known for playing Alfred in the Batman film franchise, has died, according to E! Online. He was 94.
Gough was born in Malaysia and made his film debut in the 1948 movie Blanche Fury. He went on to appear in many British television shows, including the long-running series Doctor Who. He married his costar from the series, Anneke Wills, in 1962. They later divorced in 1979.
Gough also appeared in many British horror films such as The Phantom of Opera (1962), The Corpse (1970) and Dracula (1985). In 1979, Gough won a Tony Award for Best Actor for his role in Bedroom Farce.
Gough began his working relationship with director Tim Burton on the 1989 film Batman. He reprised his role as Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne's butler and father figure, in Batman Returns (1992). Gough also played Alfred in the 1994 BBC radio adaptation Batman: Knightfall and in Joel Schumacher's films, Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997). He worked with Burton again in Sleepy Hollow (1999), Corpse Bride (2005) and Alice in Wonderland (2010).
If I may make a correction - the version of DRACULA that Gough co-starred in was not released in 1985, but rather was the 1958 Hammer classic HORROR OF DRACULA. That film represented both the debut of Christopher Lee in the role of Count Dracula, and Peter Cushing as his nemesis Prof. Van Helsing.