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Character actor, Alan Napier, was born Alan William Napier-Clavering on Jan 7, 1903 in Birmingham, England. Napier died at the age of 85 on Aug 8, 1988 in Santa Monica, CA and was laid to rest in Chapel Of The Pines Crematory Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.


Alan Napier was an extremely tall, distinguished-looking, somewhat gaunt British actor. Born in Birmingham, he was mainly a stage actor until going to Hollywood in 1919, where he played noblemen, butlers, senior officers and aristocrats (1942, Random Harvest; 1943, The Song of Bernadette; 1943, Madame Curie). In the 1960s he became well known as Alfred, Batman's manservant on the hit television series "Batman" (1966-1968).

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Maj. Jefferson F. Pike: Over 300,000 men waiting for us in the wrong place, and you're worried?
Col. Peter MacLean: Well, this business is very much like marriage, Jeff. When things are going along too smoothly, you can't help but be a bit suspicious.

Eric Latimer: Don't worry about them; they're running their heads straight into a noose!

The Commodore: Look at that woman over there.
Doc Carver: Looks just like a cat.

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Alan Napier Facts
He was initially reluctant to sign on to play Batman's butler, Alfred Pennyworth, on "Batman" (1966) until a friend pointed out to him that the show would make him the most famous butler in the world.

Immigrated to the United States on 28 April 1939.

Maternal step-grandfather of actor Brian Forster.

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