True To His Word, Michael Gough, Who Played Alfred In The First Four “Batman” Films, Went To His Grave Never Revealing Bruce Wayne’s Secret

Michael Gough

"... Very good, sir."

London—Veteran actor Michael Gough passed away Thursday; he was in his 90s. His exact age isn’t known, though he stated in interviews that he thought he was either 94 or 95. He had an extensive career in film, on television and on stage. His roles on television included parts in “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” “The Count of Monte Cristo,” “The Saint,” “Brideshead Revisited” and “Colditz.”

Gough also appeared in the British Sci-Fi series “Doctor Who” twice. He played the villainous “Toymaker” in 1966’s storyline “The Celestial Toymaker” opposite William Hartnell.  He then appeared on the program again 20 years later opposite Dr. Who Peter Davison in “The Arc of Infinity.”

Gough also appeared in the films “The Serpent and the Rainbow,” “RECOiL,” “Out of Africa” and “Top Secret.” He won a Tony Award in 1979 for Best Actor in “Bedroom Farce.” He won a BAFTA TV Award in 1957.

In the late 1980s he was cast in the role of Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s Butler, in the “Batman” film franchise, appearing in “Batman,” “Batman Returns,” “Batman Forever” and “Batman & Robin.” He continued to appear in films throughout the 1990s and 2000s working with “Batman” director Tim Burton on several other films including 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland,” as Uilleam, the Dodo bird.

He is survived by Henrietta, his fourth wife.

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