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Also Known As: Alan Napier-Clavering Died: August 8, 1988
Born: January 7, 1903 Cause of Death: pneumonia
Birth Place: Birmingham, England, GB Profession: actor

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Tall, gaunt, elegant, mustachioed character actor, born in England, who after considerable stage and some film experience moved to the United States in 1939. Almost invariably in gentlemanly roles connoting Britishness, Napier played a variety of noblemen, butlers, senior officers, professors and aristocrats, with an occasional villager or con man thrown in for good measure. His over 70 film credits include roles in "The House of the Seven Gables" (1940), "The Song of Bernadette" (1943), "Three Strangers" (1946), "Macbeth" (1948), "Julius Caesar" (1953), "The Court Jester" (1956), "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (1959) and "Marnie" (1964). A prolific TV performer, Napier is best-known as Alfred, the perfect butler to the Caped Crusaders (and the only person to know Batgirl's true identity), on the camp classic, "Batman."

Tall, gaunt, elegant, mustachioed character actor, born in England, who after considerable stage and some film experience moved to the United States in 1939. Almost invariably in gentlemanly roles connoting Britishness, Napier played a variety of noblemen, butlers, senior officers, professors and aristocrats, with an occasional villager or con man thrown in for good measure. His over 70 film credits include roles in "The House of the Seven Gables" (1940), "The Song of Bernadette" (1943), "Three Strangers" (1946), "Macbeth" (1948), "Julius Caesar" (1953), "The Court Jester" (1956), "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (1959) and "Marnie" (1964). A prolific TV performer, Napier is best-known as Alfred, the perfect butler to the Caped Crusaders (and the only person to know Batgirl's true identity), on the camp classic, "Batman."

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Forever Amber (1947) Dialogue Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Monkey Mission, The (1981) Briarton
2.
 Crime Club (1972) John--Butler
3.
 Batman (1966) Alfred
4.
 Signpost to Murder (1965) The Vicar
5.
 The Loved One (1965) English club official
6.
 36 Hours (1965) Col. Peter MacLean
7.
 My Fair Lady (1964) Ambassador
8.
 Marnie (1964) Mr. Rutland
9.
 The Sword in the Stone (1963) Sir Pelinore
10.
 Premature Burial (1962) Dr. Gideon Gault
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Began acting career with England's Oxford Repertory
1929:
Graduated to London's West End theaters and the Old Vic
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Earliest British feature film credits include "Caste" (1930), "Stamboul" (1931) and "Bitter Sweet" (1933)
1939:
Immigrated to US
1939:
Acted in first American feature film, "We Are Not Alone"
1940:
Performed on the New York Stage opposite Gladys George in "Lady in Waiting"
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Played Alfred Pennyworth on TV series, "Batman"
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Education

Clifton College: -
Birmingham University: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: -

Notes

Napier's other stage credits include roles in "Coriolanus" (1954) and "Too Late the Phalarope" (1956).

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cousin:
Neville Chamberlain. Statesman. Prime Minister of England from 1937 to 1940.
daughter:
Jennifer Raine Bissell. Actor. Died January 5, 1993 at age 60; was married to veteran character actor Whit Bissell.
daughter:
Jennifer Nichols.

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