Born to British parents in Malaya, Michael Gough received classical training at the Old Vic Theatre, where he made his stage debut in 1936. He acted on Broadway the following year, inaugurating a distinguished career on both sides of the Atlantic. Gough did not enter films until after World War II and for the next decade his appearances were intermittent and primarily in historical drama, ranging from ANNA KARENINA (1948) to Laurence Olivier's adaptation of RICHARD III (1956). His many Hammer film roles began in 1958 when he supported Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in THE HORROR OF DRACULA. Gough has frequently played villains in melodrama, or austerely British aristocrats or bureaucrats in contemporary dramas or farces. His most famous roles include those in THE GO-BETWEEN (1971), THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL (1978), CARAVAGGIO (1986) and WITTGENSTEIN (1993). Contemporary filmgoers are likely to best know the venerable Gough for his role as Alfred the butler in the BATMAN series (1989-97).
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
Michael Gough Facts
|Birthday||November 23, 1917|
|Birthplace||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Date of death||March 17, 2011 (London, England, United Kingdom, age 93)|
|Height||5' 9" (1m75) How tall is Michael Gough compared to you?|