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Also Known As: Died: March 17, 2011
Born: November 23, 1916 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: actor

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A ubiquitous presence in British film and television for nearly 50 years, Michael Gough played well-heeled, occasionally cruel, slightly mad men in films and television ranging from "The Horse's Mouth" (1959) and "The Go-Between" (1970) to "Horror of Dracula" (1958) and "Berserk!" (1967). His saturnine features and resonant voice made him ideal for upper-class gentlemen with a taste for flaunting their power in unpleasant ways, as his many horror and exploitation features evidenced. But he could also play fatherly - and grandfatherly - as evidenced by his four turns as butler Alfred in four of the "Batman" features (1989-1995). A wealth of varied projects were woven through his five decades of screen appearances, but no matter the quality of the role or the film, Gough gave his all, which made him a beloved and well-remembered performer.

A ubiquitous presence in British film and television for nearly 50 years, Michael Gough played well-heeled, occasionally cruel, slightly mad men in films and television ranging from "The Horse's Mouth" (1959) and "The Go-Between" (1970) to "Horror of Dracula" (1958) and "Berserk!" (1967). His saturnine features and resonant voice made him ideal for upper-class gentlemen with a taste for flaunting their power in unpleasant ways, as his many horror and exploitation features evidenced. But he could also play fatherly - and grandfatherly - as evidenced by his four turns as butler Alfred in four of the "Batman" features (1989-1995). A wealth of varied projects were woven through his five decades of screen appearances, but no matter the quality of the role or the film, Gough gave his all, which made him a beloved and well-remembered performer.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) Voice Of Elder Gutknecht
3.
 St. Ives (2001) The Count
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 Sleepy Hollow (1999) Notary Hardenbrook
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 Cherry Orchard, The (1999) Feers
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 Batman & Robin (1997) Alfred Pennyworth
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 Batman Forever (1995) Alfred The Butler
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 Nostradamus (1994) Jean De Remy
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Milestones close milestones

1936:
Made stage acting debut at the Old Vic in London
1937:
Made New York stage debut in the play, "Love of Women"
1938:
Returned to the London stage in the play, "The Zeal of Thy House"
1947:
Made feature film debut in the costume drama, "Blanche Fury"
1953:
First U.S. feature credit, the U.S.-U.K. co-production, "Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue," produced by Walt Disney Studios
1955:
Portrayed one of the murderers in Laurence Olivier`s adaptation of "Richard III"
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Made U.S. TV appearances on such early anthology drama programs as "Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Presents The Rheingold Theater"
1957:
Appeared in the classic Powell & Pressburger WW2 drama "Ill Met By Moonlight"
1958:
First Hammer horror film, "The Horror of Dracula"
1962:
Second Hammer horror film, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1969:
Featured in Ken Russell`s "Women in Love"
1972:
Played Dr. David Livingstone on the short-lived NBC historical drama series, "Search for the Nile"
1974:
First miniseries to air on U.S. TV, "QB VII"
1979:
Featured in "The Boys From Brazil," starring Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier
1979:
Returned to Broadway for his Tony winning role in the comedy, "Bedroom Farce"
1984:
Played the captured father in the Zucker Brothers┬┐ comedy "Top Secret!"
1985:
Appeared opposite Robert Redford and Meryl Streep in "Out of Africa" as Lord Delamere
1987:
Cast in the film adaptation of Frederick Forsyth's "The Fourth Protocol," starring Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan
1988:
Returned to Broadway in the drama, "Breaking the Code"; received a Tony nomination as Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
1989:
Cast as Alfred the butler in Tim Burton's "Batman," opposite Michael Keaton
1992:
Reprised role of Alfred in "Batman Returns"
1993:
Featured in Martin Scorsese`s "The Age of Innocence"
1995:
Played Alfred to Val Kilmer's Bruce Wayne in "Batman Forever"
1997:
Again played Alfred, this time opposite George Clooney in "Batman & Robin"
1999:
Gave a wonderful performance as Feers in "The Cherry Orchard," opposite Alan Bates and Charlotte Rampling
1999:
Last on-screen performance reunited him with Burton, playing a cameo in "Sleepy Hollow"
2005:
Lent his voice to Burton's "Corpse Bride"
2010:
Final film role, voiced Uilleam, the Dodo bird in Burton's "Alice in Wonderland"
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Education

Wye Agricultural College: -
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School: -
Rose Hill School: -
Durham School: -

Notes

"There was some indecision as to when I was born. My sister said it was 1916. I'd lost my birth certificate." --Gough in the London Times, June 23, 1997

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