Michael Gough, Batman’s Alfred and Avengers villain, dies

Character actor Michael Gough died April 17 at the age of 94. Most obituaries, LIKE THIS ONE IN THE U.K. NEWSPAPER THE GUARDIAN lead with how he played Alfred Pennyworth, Batman’s trusted aide, in four movies from 1989 to 1997. But he also holds a spot in spy entertainment.

Gough played the inventor of “The Cybernauts,” one of the best episodes of The Avengers TV series, starring Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg. It was written by Philip Levene, one of the best scribes for that series, and it inspired a sequel the following season (with Peter Cushing playing the brother of Gough’s character) and an episode of the 1970s series The New Avengers.

Here’s a look at the original episode. Gough shows up just before the 5:00 mark. RIP, Mr. Gough.

UPDATE: We couldn’t resist. Here’s the conclusion. Counting Macnee and Rigg, there are at least six people in either the cast or crew who have James Bond movie credits in this particular episode:

2 Responses

  1. I must admit the late Michael gough was a very impressive Alfred in the 4 batman movies he was in, I went back and watched them and
    realized how good he was. I’ve seen him in many british tv produced
    show’s, and films. the late Michael gough r.i.p

    however it’s rumoured that british actor jeromy irons will be playing
    the iconic butler in the new d c batman vs superman film he has
    some very large shoe’s to fill.

  2. Michael Gough had a Doctor Who connection too. He played The Celestial Toymaker, pitting his wits against William Hartnell.

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