Alan Napier Overview:

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.

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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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Alan Napier Quotes:

A Holy Father: God's benison go with you. And with those that would make good of bad, and friends of foes.


Macduff: Stands Scotland where it did?
A Holy Father: Alas, poor country, almost afraid to know itself. It cannot be called our mother, but our grave...


Robin: Holy Houdini!
Alfred: Bless my dustpan!


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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.

In Tim Burton's Batman (1989) the Joker's alter ego is named Jack Napier, in Alan's honor.

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