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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' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tony Award-winning English actor Michael Gough, best known for playing the butler Alfred Pennyworth in Tim Burton's two Batman (1989) 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)

Anneke Wills (1965 - 1979) (divorced) (2 children)
Anne Leon (19 December 1950 - 1962) (divorced) (1 child)
Diana Graves (1940 - ?) (divorced)
Henrietta Gough (? - 17 March 2011) (his death)

Trade Mark (5)

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

Trivia (11)

Father, with Diana Graves, of Simon Gough. Grandfather of actor Samuel Gough and Daisy Gough.
One of only two actors to appear in the first four Batman films. The other being Pat Hingle.
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 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 (b. 1963) and Jasper (b. 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.
Has appeared with Clive Revill in four films: 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 not unlike his successor, 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".
The first TV Best Actor BAFTA winner to guest star on Doctor Who.

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