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Alan Napier (1903–1988)


Alan Napier was born on January 7, 1903 in King Norton, Worcestershire, England. Tall, distinguished-looking English character actor with aristocratic bearing and precisely modulated voice. A cousin of the former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and spent his formative years as an actor ... See full bio »

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 1981 The Monkey Mission (TV Movie)
Briarton
 1979 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
Hawkins
- The Contest Kid Strikes Again (1979) ... Hawkins
 1979 Centennial (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Venneford
- The Crime (1979) ... Lord Venneford
 1978 The Paper Chase (TV Series)
Justice Allen Reynolds
- The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1978) ... Justice Allen Reynolds
 1978 Flying High (TV Series)
Arthur
- Beautiful People (1978) ... Arthur
 1978 The Bastard (TV Movie)
Dr. Bleeker
 1977 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Archie
- The Golden Dog (1977) ... Archie
 1976 Kojak (TV Series)
Antonakis
- The Forgotten Room (1976) ... Antonakis
 1974 The Lives of Benjamin Franklin (TV Mini-Series)
 1970-1974 Ironside (TV Series)
John / Marcus Lowell / Walter Branford
- The Lost Cotillion (1974) ... John
- All About Andrea (1973) ... Marcus Lowell (uncredited)
- Return to Fiji (1970) ... Walter Branford
 1974 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)
Lawyer
- Come Die with Me (1974) ... Lawyer
 1974 QB VII (TV Mini-Series)
Semple
- Part Three (1974) ... Semple (credit only)
- Part One & Two (1974) ... Semple (uncredited)
 1973 Crime Club (TV Movie)
John, the Butler
 1971-1972 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Cousin Zachariah / The Man (segment "The Sins of the Fathers") / Doctor (segment "House - With Ghost")
- Fright Night (1972) ... Cousin Zachariah
- The Sins of the Fathers/You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore (1972) ... The Man (segment "The Sins of the Fathers")
 1969 Family Affair (TV Series)
Mr. Wilson
- Oh, to Be in England (1969) ... Mr. Wilson
 1967 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Chemist
- The Clampetts in London (1967) ... Chemist
 1966 Daktari (TV Series)
Roger Ealing
- The Killer Lion (1966) ... Roger Ealing
 1965 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Lord Brisbane / Col. Sir Hubert Crater
- Perilous Journey (1965) ... Lord Brisbane
- Cain's Birthday: Part 2 (1965) ... Col. Sir Hubert Crater
 1965 Laredo (TV Series)
Maj. Donaldson
- The Land Grabbers (1965) ... Maj. Donaldson
 1963-1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Guerny, Sr. / Mr. Hodges
- Thou Still Unravished Bride (1965) ... Guerny, Sr.
- An Out for Oscar (1963) ... Mr. Hodges
 1965 36 Hours
Col. Peter MacLean
 1965 The Rogues (TV Series)
John McKellway
- Money Is for Burning (1965) ... John McKellway
 1964 Signpost to Murder
The Vicar
 1964 My Fair Lady
Gentleman Escorting Eliza to the Queen (uncredited)
 1964 Mary Poppins
Huntsman / Reporter #3 / Hound (voice, uncredited)
 1964 Breaking Point (TV Series)
Harold Major
- So Many Pretty Girls, So Little Time (1964) ... Harold Major
 1963 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Arnold Todhunter
- This Wonderful Madman Calls Me Beauty (1963) ... Arnold Todhunter
 1963 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Capt. Protheroe
- Passage on the Lady Anne (1963) ... Capt. Protheroe
 1963 The Lloyd Bridges Show (TV Series)
Kurt Drobary
- The Sheridan Square (1963) ... Kurt Drobary
 1962-1963 Don't Call Me Charlie (TV Series)
Gen. Steele
- Lorenzo Johnson, D.V.M., Retired (1963) ... Gen. Steele
- No Milk Today (1963) ... Gen. Steele
- Rollo the Wonder Dog (1963) ... Gen. Steele
- Raise Your Right Hand (1963) ... Gen. Steele
- Take My Hand (1962) ... Gen. Steele
 1963 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Judge Cameron
- Impact of an Execution (1963) ... Judge Cameron
 1961-1962 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Colonel Decatur / Bertram La Tour
- Remember the Yazoo (1962) ... Colonel Decatur
- The Dowry (1961) ... Bertram La Tour
 1962 Checkmate (TV Series)
Father Dunne
- A Chant of Silence (1962) ... Father Dunne
 1962 Premature Burial
Dr. Gideon Gault
 1962 Follow the Sun (TV Series)
Julian 'The Major' Mosgrove
- Annie Beeler's Place (1962) ... Julian 'The Major' Mosgrove
 1962 Tender Is the Night
Señor Pardo
 1961 Wild in the Country
Prof. Joe B. Larson (uncredited)
 1960-1961 Thriller (TV Series)
Attorney Pinchot / Constable Evans / Lawyer Ridgewater
- Dark Legacy (1961) ... Attorney Pinchot
- Hay-Fork and Bill-Hook (1961) ... Constable Evans
- The Purple Room (1960) ... Lawyer Ridgewater
 1961 The Roaring 20's (TV Series)
Mr. Dunston
- Black Saturday (1961) ... Mr. Dunston
 1960 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Alex
- Daughter of Illusion (1960) ... Alex
 1960 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
Col. Devlin
- Kim (1960) ... Col. Devlin
 1959 Five Fingers (TV Series)
Wembley
- Thin Ice (1959) ... Wembley
- The Unknown Town (1959) ... Wembley
 1959 The Detectives (TV Series)
Bishop
- The Bait (1959) ... Bishop
 1955-1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Lord Sorrington / Sir Charles Harrington / Wilfred / ...
- The Avon Emeralds (1959) ... Sir Charles Harrington
- I Killed the Count: Part 3 (1957) ... Lord Sorrington
- I Killed the Count: Part 2 (1957) ... Lord Sorrington
- I Killed the Count: Part 1 (1957) ... Lord Sorrington
- Whodunit (1956) ... Wilfred
 1959 The Third Man (TV Series)
Colonel Andresi
- Dark Island (1959) ... Colonel Andresi
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Sir Luke
 1957-1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Jack Simmons / Sean O'Donnell
- And One Was Loyal (1959) ... Jack Simmons
- Mischief at Bandy Leg (1957) ... Sean O'Donnell
 1957 Until They Sail
Prosecution Attorney
 1957 Panic! (TV Series)
Vincent Hawthorne
- Reincarnated (1957) ... Vincent Hawthorne
 1957 Soldiers of Fortune (TV Series)
Commissioner Hartledge
- A Gift of Death (1957) ... Commissioner Hartledge
 1957 Telephone Time (TV Series)
- The Consort (1957)
 1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Travers / Sir Edward / Governor
- Operation Cicero (1956) ... Travers
- The Empty Room (1956) ... Sir Edward
- Deception (1956) ... Governor
 1956 Miami Exposé
Raymond Sheridan
 1955 The Court Jester
Sir Brockhurst
 1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Sir Adrian
- The Lucky Finger (1955) ... Sir Adrian
 1954 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (TV Series)
Stephen Everton
- Playmates (1954) ... Stephen Everton
 1953 Young Bess
Robert Tyrwhitt
 1953 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
John Dwerrihouse
- The Man on the Train (1953) ... John Dwerrihouse
 1952 Biff Baker, U.S.A. (TV Series)
Prof. Artemus Beechem
- Mona Lisa (1952) ... Prof. Artemus Beechem
 1952 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
- Poor Richard (1952)
 1952 Big Jim McLain
Sturak
 1952 Chevron Theatre (TV Series)
- Playmates (1952)
 1952 The Schaefer Century Theatre (TV Series)
Uncle Steven
- Playmates (1952) ... Uncle Steven
 1951 The Strange Door
Count Grassin
 1951 The Blue Veil
Prof. George Carter
 1951 Across the Wide Missouri
Capt. Humberstone Lyon
 1951 The Highwayman
Barton
 1951 The Great Caruso
Jean de Reszke
 1951 Tarzan's Peril
Commissioner Peters
 1950 Tripoli
Khalil
 1949 Master Minds
Dr. Druzik
 1949 Challenge to Lassie
Lord Provost
 1949 The Red Danube
The General
 1949 Criss Cross
Finchley
 1949 Manhandled
Alton Bennet
 1949 Tarzan's Magic Fountain
Douglas Jessup
 1949 My Own True Love
Kittredge
 1948 Hills of Home
Sir George
 1947 The Lone Wolf in London
Monty Beresford
 1947 Forever Amber
Landale
 1947 Unconquered
Sir William Johnson
 1947 Driftwood
Dr. Nicholas Adams
 1947 Lured
Detective Gordon
 1947 Ivy
Sir Jonathan Wright
 1947 High Conquest
Tommy Donlin
 1947 Fiesta
The Tourist
 1947 Sinbad, the Sailor
Aga
 1946 The Strange Woman
Judge Henry Saladine
 1946 House of Horrors
F. Holmes Harmon
 1946 Three Strangers
David Shackleford
 1945 Isle of the Dead
St. Aubyn
 1944 Dark Waters
The doctor (uncredited)
 1944 Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Mr. Parker
 1944 Ministry of Fear
Dr. JM Forrester
 1944 The Hairy Ape
MacDougald, Chief Engineer
 1944 Action in Arabia
Eric Latimer
 1943 Lost Angel
Dr. Woodring
 1943 The Song of Bernadette
Dr. Debeau (uncredited)
 1943 Madame Curie
Dr. Bladh (uncredited)
 1943 Appointment in Berlin
Col. Patterson (uncredited)
 1943 Assignment in Brittany
Sam Wells
 1942 Random Harvest
Julian
 1942 Cat People
Doc Carver (uncredited)
 1942 A Yank at Eton
Restaurateur (uncredited)
 1942 Eagle Squadron
Black Watch officer
 1941 Confirm or Deny
Updyke (scenes deleted)
 1940 The Invisible Man Returns
Willie Spears
 1939 We Are Not Alone
Archdeacon
 1939 The Secret Four
Sir Hamar Ryman M.P.
 1937 The Wife of General Ling
Governor
 1937 For Valour
General
 1936 Wings Over Africa
Redfern
 1935 In a Monastery Garden
Count Romano
 1933/I The Wandering Jew
Knight (uncredited)
 1933 Bitter Sweet
Lord Shayne (uncredited)
 1931 Stamboul
Bouchier
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in John Galsworthy's play, "The Roof," at the Embassy Repertory Theatre in London, England, with Vernon Sylvaine, Alan Wheatley, Anthony Quayle, Alfred Sangster and Trevor Ward in the cast. See more »

Height:

6' 6" (1.98 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I had never read comics before I [was hired for Batman (1966)]. My agent rang up and said, "I think you are going to play on Batman." I said, "What is Batman?". He said, "Don't you read the comics?". I said, "No, never." He said, "I think you are going to be Batman's butler." I said, "How do I know I want to be Batman's butler?" It was the most ridiculous thing I had ever heard of. He said, "It ... See more »

Trivia:

Attended and graduated from Clifton College in Bristol, England. See more »

Trademark:

Towering height and slender frame See more »

Nickname:

Nape

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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