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Alfred

 

Alfred Pennyworth is Bruce Waynes butler at Statley Wayne Manor, he knows Batman, Robin and Batgirl’s true identity. He rides his alf-cycle and gets involved a lot more in crimefighting in series three.

He sometimes helps Batman and Robin get out of bat-traps.

He normally answers the Batphone and quickly thinks of a clever way of getting Bruce and Dick to go to the batcave without Aunt Harriet knowing a thing!

“A matter of grave importance has arisen sir, your attention would be appreciated, a contract to be ahem… red”.

Alan Napier

“I was actually the first person hired for Batman before Batman or Robin or anybody, because Charles FitzSimons was an associate of my agent years before and had moved on to be Doziers assistant. He, for some reason envisioned me as Alfred because, after all, what I did as Alfred was quite different from what was written. He sold the idea to Dozier, and I was hired. I had never read comics before I did it. My agent rang me up and said ” I think you are going to be on Batman”‘ I said What is Batman ?” He said don’t you read the comics? I said no, never. He said I think you are going to be Batman’s butler. I said how do I know I want to be Batman’s butler? It was the most ridiculous thing I had ever heard of. He said It may be worth over $100,000 So I said I was Batman’s Butler.”

Alfred in Batman costume - Alan Napier
  • Cousin of Neville Chamberlain (British Prime Minister, 1937-1940).
  • He was initially reluctant to sign on to play Alfred until a friend pointed out to him that the show would make him the most famous butler in the world.
  • Alan Napier was born on the 7th January 1903 in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom.
  • Alan Napier sadly died on 8th August 1988 in Santa Monica, California, United States of America