Michael Gough Poster


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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 23 November 1916Kuala Lumpur, British Malaya [now Malaysia]
Date of Death 17 March 2011London, England, UK
Birth NameFrancis Michael Gough
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tony Award-winning English actor Michael Gough, best known for playing the butler Alfred Pennyworth in the first four of Batman (1989)'s (1992) (1995) (1997) movies and for playing the arch-criminal Dr. Clement Armstrong in The Avengers (1961) episode "The Cybernauts", was an accomplished performer on both stage and screen. He was nominated twice for Tony Awards, in 1979 for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Alan Ayckbourn's "Bedroom Farce" and in 1988 in the same category for Hugh Whitemore's "Breaking the Code", winning in 1979. Though he never achieved on the small screen and silver screen what he did in the theater, Gough's career in television and movies spanned sixty-plus years over eight decades. Michael Gough died at age 94 on March 17, 2011 in London, England.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Spouse (4)

Henrietta Gough (1981 - 2011) (his death)
Anneke Wills (1965 - 1979) (divorced) (2 children)
Anne Leon (19 December 1950 - 1962) (divorced) (1 child)
Diana Graves (1940 - ?) (divorced)

Trade Mark (5)

Deep resonant voice
Regal smooth voice
Gothic features
Aristocratic bearing
Roles in Hammer Horror films

Trivia (19)

Father, with Diana Graves, of Simon Gough. Grandfather of actor Samuel Gough and Daisy Gough.
Along with Pat Hingle, he is one of only two actors to appear in Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997).
Won Broadway's 1979 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for "Bedroom Farce." He was also nominated in the same category in 1988 for "Breaking the Code."
He came out of retirement to play Notary James Hardenbrook in Sleepy Hollow (1999).
Father-in-law of Sharon Gurney, who is married to his son Simon Gough. The couple played his character's son and daughter in the film The Corpse (1971) (aka Crucible of Horror).
Children: Has a daughter Emma Frances Gough (born August 13, 1953) with his second wife Anne Leon. Had two children with Anneke Wills, Polly (born 1963) and Jasper (born 1965). Polly died tragically in a car accident in 1982, shortly before she was to be married. Her biological father was Anthony Newley, but Gough had adopted her and been her father since her birth. She never knew that Newley was her biological father. His son Jasper is a photographer for Southeby's.
He made four films with Clive Revill: Reach for the Sky (1956), The Legend of Hell House (1973), Galileo (1975) and Let Him Have It (1991).
In addition to having played Alfred Pennyworth in both of Tim Burton's Batman films, he also worked with Burton on several other films: Sleepy Hollow (1999), Corpse Bride (2005) and Alice in Wonderland (2010). In this regard, he is similar to his successor as Alfred, Michael Caine, who worked with Christopher Nolan on both the Batman films and The Prestige (2006) and Inception (2010).
Former brother-in-law of John Standing, the half-brother of Anne Leon.
Surname is pronounced in the same way as "cough".
He was the first TV Best Actor BAFTA winner to guest star on Doctor Who (1963).
Close friends with Alan Napier, who played Alfred Pennyworth on the television series Batman (1966).
He was considered for the roles of Dr. Hans Fallanda, Dr. Armstrong and Sir Percy Heseltine in Lifeforce (1985).
He made four films with Peter Cushing: Horror of Dracula (1958), Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965), The Skull (1965) and Top Secret! (1984). The last film is the only one of the four in which Christopher Lee did not also appear.
He appeared in two adaptations of Lewis Carroll's 1865 novel "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland": Alice in Wonderland (1966) and Alice in Wonderland (2010). He played the March Hare in the former and the Dodo in the latter.
He has the same birthday (23 November) as Boris Karloff, with whom he co-starred in The Crimson Cult (1968).
He made ten films with Christopher Lee: Saraband (1948), Night Ambush (1957), Horror of Dracula (1958), Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965), The Skull (1965), The Crimson Cult (1968), Julius Caesar (1970), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Corpse Bride (2005) and Alice in Wonderland (2010).
Although born in Malaysia, he always considered himself English.
He appeared in two different adaptations of William Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar": World Theatre: Julius Caesar (1959) and Julius Caesar (1970). He played Cassius in the former and Metellus Cimber in the latter. Both productions were directed by Stuart Burge.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on dispute for his birth year] There is some indecision to when I was born, my sister said it was 1916, I lost my birth certificate.
I'm essentially a jobbing actor. If I'm out of work, I'll be the back end of a donkey.

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