Michael Gough (above) was born 96 years ago today in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia, and remarkably, he is still alive. An incredibly sly and versatile English character actor – equally at home reading the dialogue of Shakespeare, Chekhov, Pinter, Berthold Brecht, or Jimmy Sangster (the principal scribe of Hammer horror) – Mr. Gough has worked with more good film directors than you can name – among them, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, Laurence Olivier, Terence Fisher, Freddie Francis, John Huston, Ken Russell, Joseph Losey, Franklin Schaffner, Derek Jarman, Sidney Pollack, Martin Scorsese, and Tim Burton. *Whew.* I’m amazed he hasn’t been knighted!
His best known roles are probably Arthur Holmwood in Terence Fisher’s Horror of Dracula (1958), and Bruce Wayne’s faithful butler, Alfred, in the Burton-initiated Batman film series.
His next film appearance will be as the voice of the Dodo in Burton’s 3-D Alice in Wonderland (2010). (He previously appeared as the March Hare in Jonathan Miller’s Alice in Wonderland here.) We wish him all the best.