“Batman” Butler Michael Gough Dies

Michael Gough, the man who portrayed Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth, in the “Batman” films of the late 80s and 90s, passed away on Thursday at the age of 94.

Gough, who started his acting career in 1948, received a big boost when he played Alfred, Batman’s confidante and butler, beginning in 1989’s “Batman,” which was directed by Tim Burton and starred Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader. The Malaysia-born British actor went on to reprise his role in “Batman Returns,” “Batman Forever,” and “Batman & Robin.” He was replaced by Michael Caine when Christopher Nolan took over the franchise starting in 2005’s “Batman Begins.”

Aside from his role in the “Batman” franchise, Gough was also known for his appearances in the British TV series “Doctor Who,” The Celestial Toymaker being his most recognizable role. The veteran actor earned a reputation as a cult favorite thanks to his roles in Hammer Films’ horror movies in the 50s and 60s. Following his role as Alfred, Gough became a favorite of Tim Burton, leading to roles in the director’s subsequent films such as 1999’s “Sleepy Hollow,” 2005’s “The Corpse Bride,” and last year’s box-office hit “Alice in Wonderland.”