Veteran Actor and Batman Franchise Star Michael Gough Dies at 94
While The Dark Knight has an array of gadgets and sheer physical prowess to survive the rough nights and crime fighting of Gotham City, his alter ego Bruce Wayne couldn't keep sane without his trusty butler and guardian Alfred Pennyworth. Today I'm sad to report that Michael Gough, a veteran actor best recognized as playing Batman's loyal caretaker in the Batman films from Tim Burton & Joel Schumacher, has passed away at 94-years old. TMZ has the news on the actor passing away, and while the details of his death have not been revealed, at his age, it's not unlikely that it was just his time to step out of the spotlight.
Aside from playing Alfred in four Batman films, Gough has appeared in countless films and TV shows since 1946. His work includes such films as Dracula in 1958, The Phantom of the Opera in 1962 and the 1985 Best Picture winner Out of Africa. In addition to working with Tim Burton on both Batman and Batman Returns, the actor also lent his talents to Sleepy Hollow as well as providing his vocal talent to characters in The Corpse Bride and 2010's Alice in Wonderland (which seems to be his last work in film). The actor also leaves behind a legacy in TV with appearances in "The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones" and classic episodes of "Doctor Who." Gough's talent will surely be missed, but he will live forever on film, television and in our hearts and minds. Rest in peace, sir.