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Date of Birth 12 June 1884Georgetown, British Guiana [now Guyana]
Date of Death 15 June 1975Newport Beach, California, USA
Birth NameWilliam Crosby Piercy Austin
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

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William Austin was born on June 12, 1884 in Georgetown, British Guiana as William Crosby Piercy Austin. He was an actor, known for It (1927), The Gay Divorcee (1934) and The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933). He died on June 15, 1975 in Newport Beach, California, USA.

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Actor brother of actor Albert Austin.
Came from a well-to-do English background (his father owned a sugar plantation). Acted for three years on the stage, before breaking into movies. Secured a five-year contract with Paramount in 1927, usually typecast as monocled upper-crust Britishers.
William Austin's being cast as Alfred the Butler in the Columbia Pictures' Batman Serial (1943) proved to have a profound effect on the character. Prior to the serial, Alfred had been portrayed as being a very portly character. In order to rectify the disparity between Comics Page and Film, the Editors at DC Comics had Alfred put on a diet; which resulted an a slimmer Butler, who mirrored the movie version.
William Austin's being cast as Alfred the Butler in the Columbia Pictures' BATMAN Serial (1943)proved to have a profound effect on the character. Prior to the serial, Alfred had been portrayed as being a very portly character. In order to rectify the disparity between Comics Page and Film, the Editors at DC Comics had Alfred put on a diet; which resulted an a slimmer Butler, who mirrored the movie version.

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