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.
Reader Feedback - 15 Comments
Pault on Mar 17, 2011
A great actor! This is a huge loss. Thanks for your legacy Mr. Gough. May you rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family!
Spider on Mar 17, 2011
R.I.P. MICHAEL GOUGH
T1j9Zp03T on Mar 17, 2011
Chris on Mar 17, 2011
He was the only actor that never changed in all the original batman movies(excluding Batman Begins and Dark Knight Obviously). You will be missed good sir.
James Ryan on Mar 17, 2011
Incorrect, the actor (Pat Hingle) who played Commissioner Gordon was the same every movie (except for Batman Forever, in which Gordon never appeared)
Dri_bear on Mar 18, 2011
Actually Pat Hingle was in all four of the movies the same as Michael Gough.
ac on Mar 18, 2011
Well, THAT sucks!
Judasbarronx1 on Mar 17, 2011
Terrible shame. My favourite actor/character of my youth and the best Alfred ever, no offence to Micheal Caine, but this guy was born to be Alfred. R.I.P.
Junkstop15 on Mar 17, 2011
I grew up watching this guy in the old Batman movies. R.I.P.
Lamar on Mar 17, 2011
He was really a good actor
Anonymous on Mar 17, 2011
You'll be missed! :'( My friend created a memorial for Michael Gough, please leave a message for him. http://memorialmatters.com/memorials.php?page=MichaelGough
Sorilla Polly Chu on Mar 17, 2011
Edward Nigma on Mar 18, 2011
awe. this soups cold! "it's supposed to be cold sir"
RustyShackleford on Mar 18, 2011
hes such a legend R.I.P sir 🙁
A5J4DX on Mar 19, 2011
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