Michael Gough, the British actor whose career spanned six and a half decades has passed away at the age of 94. Although his agent stated he had been unwell for the past year no official cause of death has been given, but he was surrounded by family at the time of his death.
Gough’s career endured for 65 years and covered a wide spectrum of roles which saw him feature in over 150 films and television shows, the first of which came in 1946 in the television movie Androcles and the Lion.
A few years on from that he featured in a number of TV shows which included the likes of The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Count of Monte Christo and The Saint with Roger Moore. In 1965 he appeared opposite William Hartnell as the Celestial Toymaker in an episode of the highly popular British Sci-Fi show Doctor Who.
His portfolio was boosted over subsequent decades by roles in cult TV classics The Avengers, The Champions, Colditz and Blake’s 7, firmly placing him in the hearts of science fiction fans.
During the late 50’s and early 60’s he also appeared in various Hammer Horror films including Dracula and The Phantom of the Opera which some years later would draw him to the attention of Tim Burton.
“Tim Burton was a huge fan of Mick from the Hammer Horror films of the 60s, so he tried very hard to include him in everything he did,” said Gough’s agent.
Those inclusions were the Burton / Schumacher Batman franchises in which Gough played Alfred Pennyworth, loyal butler and surrogate father to Bruce Wayne. After that he appeared in Sleepy Hollow and provided voice acting for Corpse Bride and Alice in Wonderland.
His voice acting work spilled over into radio and in 1994 he added his distinctive vocal talents to the BBC adaptation of Batman: Knightfall which featured on Simon Mayo’s morning show.
Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 23rd November 1916, Michael Roland Gough is survived by his wife Henrietta Lawrence, his daughter Emma and two sons Jasper and Simon.
In a simple and fitting tribute his agent said: “We’ve lost a very treasured and beloved friend and somebody who made a magnificent contribution to the world of theatre and films.”
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