Batman on film legend Michael Gough passes away

I know this isn’t The Dark Knight Rises news, but I felt it deserved more attention than just a Twitter or Facebook post. It saddens me to report that Michael Gough has passed away at the age of 94. Gough is best known amongst Batman fans for his role as Alfred. Gough was one of the only actors to appear in 1989′s Batman all the way through 1997′s Batman & Robin. A lot of negative comments have been made about Batman & Robin, but I think we can agree on one thing — Gough’s performance was brilliant. Batman-News.com offers its condolences to Michael Gough’s friends and family. I’ve included a few videos of Michael Gough after the break, including a great Diet Coke ad from 1989.

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  • http://twitter.com/cothero Rogerio Martins

    R.I.P.

  • Nathan Wu

    Rest in Peace, Michael Gough :’(

  • http://twitter.com/Corporal_Nosaj Nosaj Illerrob

    R.I.P.

  • Anonymous

    R.I.P Thanks for your contribution to the Batman Legacy

  • Anonymous

    Really sad lost. The best Alfred of the films, a great actor, horror icon and my childhood hero as dead. Thanks for all Michael.

  • Antrozous

    “I love you old man.” (Bruce Wayne)

    Requiescat In Pace Michael Gough

    :(

  • Geeky Randy

    R.I.P. I was just talking about him the other day with my girlfriend. Pat Hingle was in a movie we were watching, and I mentioned that him and Michael Gough were the only two people to be in all four Burton/Schumacher films. He was a great Alred.

  • Thejokersmiles13

    R.I.P. Michael Gough you’re spirit and legacy will forever live on

  • Thejokersmiles13

    R.I.P. Michael Gough your spirit and legacy will forever live on

  • BRAD

    RIP, THE BATMAN MOVIES MAY HAVE SWADE WITH BATMAN FOREVER AND BATMAN AND ROBIN BUT YOU ALWAYS STAYED TRUE TO YOUR CHARACTER WITH TERRIFIC PEFORMANCES ALL THE WAY THROUGH. THE BATMAN LEGACY OWES YOU A GREAT DEED,

  • Bazman05

    Sorry Michael Caine, but this guy was the best Alfred (I’m ignoring B&R). R.I.P.

    • http://batman-news.com Batman-News.com

      You shouldn’t ignore Batman & Robin though, Michael Gough’s performance was amazing! He had really good chemistry with George Clooney in the scenes where he was sick.

      • Bazman05

        He did well with what he had to work with (so very little), so I would agree with you there, and that he was the only good thing in that movie.

  • Alec

    He had a great fatherly and mentoring relationship with Bruce Wayne in the films he was in. He remains MY Alfred Pennyworth.

  • Matiss Perkons

    R.I.P.
    He’ll always associate for me with the role of Alfred. Really good actor.

  • FanOfNolan

    A good actor is someone who can take bad material and make it seem better. A good actor is also someone who can give a good performance despite knowing that he’s in a really bad movie. The Burton/Schumacher series was a mixed bag, but the one consistently strong element was Gough. In fact, he was probably the best thing about the movie, which I realize isn’t saying much. And as awful as Clooney was in that movie, his scenes with Gough were actually pretty good, which just shows what happens when you work off a good actor instead of bad ones. Gough is the kind of actor you don’t see much of these days. He comes across as a true professional. These days, you have spoiled actors who phone in a performance so they can get a paycheck and then complain that it was the writers’ fault. Did Gough ever complain or make it obvious that he thought the writing was crap? I don’t recall. He doesn’t strike me as the type who would. It’s a pity though they didn’t give him better material.

  • Anonymous

    A part of my childhood. 94 is no bad age, thanks for your time as Alfred, sir.

    • Kperkins56

      A part of my childhood, too. He did an outstanding job as Arthur Holmwood in Horror Of Dracula, along with Christopher Lee & Peter Cushing!

  • Emmet2009

    Ive had the best two days of my life . And hearing this makes me depressed . i remeber sitting beside my granddad and watching batman and batman returns . and micheal gough always reminded me of him . he was the spitting image of him . The world has lost a great talent !!!!!!!!

    English :Rest in Peace

    Irish :Suaimhneas síoraí dá anam