Alan Napier

Actor
Tall, gaunt, elegant, mustachioed character actor, born in England, who after considerable stage and some film experience moved to the United States in 1939. Almost invariably in gentlemanly roles connoting Britishness ... Read more »
Born: 01/07/1903 in Birmingham, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (75)

The Contest Kid Strikes Again 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman: The Movie 1966 (Movie)

Alfred (Actor)

Signpost to Murder 1965 (Movie)

The Vicar (Actor)

Marnie 1964 (Movie)

Mr Rutland (Actor)

My Fair Lady 1964 (Movie)

Ambassador (Actor)

The Loved One 1964 (Movie)

English Club Official (Actor)

36 Hours 1963 (Movie)

Col Peter MacLean (Actor)

Tender Is the Night 1962 (Movie)

Pardo (Actor)

The Sword in the Stone 1962 (Movie)

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The Premature Burial 1961 (Movie)

Dr Gideon Gault (Actor)

Wild in the Country 1961 (Movie)

Prof Larson (Actor)

Journey to the Center of the Earth 1959 (Movie)

Dean (Actor)

Island of Lost Women 1958 (Movie)

Dr Lujan (Actor)

Until They Sail 1957 (Movie)

Prosecution (Actor)

The Court Jester 1956 (Movie)

Sir Brockhurst (Actor)

The Mole People 1956 (Movie)

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Moonfleet 1955 (Movie)

Parson Glennie (Actor)

Desiree 1954 (Movie)

Despreaux (Actor)

Julius Caesar 1953 (Movie)

Cicero (Actor)

Big Jim McLain 1951 (Movie)

Sturak (Actor)

The Blue Veil 1951 (Movie)

Prof. George Carter (Actor)

The Strange Door 1951 (Movie)

Count Grassin (Actor)

Joan of Arc 1950 (Movie)

Earl of Warwick (Actor)

Criss Cross 1949 (Movie)

Finchley (Actor)

The Red Danube 1949 (Movie)

The General (Actor)

Hills of Home 1948 (Movie)

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Macbeth 1948 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

Lured 1947 (Movie)

Gordon (Actor)

Sinbad the Sailor 1947 (Movie)

Aga (Actor)

Hangover Square 1945 (Movie)

Sir Henry Chapman (Actor)

Mademoiselle Fifi 1944 (Movie)

The Count de Breville (Actor)

Cat People 1942 (Movie)

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The Song of Bernadette 1942 (Movie)

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Movie)

High executioner (Actor)

A Yank at Eton (Movie)

Restaurateur (Actor)

Across the Wide Missouri (Movie)

Capt. Humberstone Lyon (Actor)

Adventure Island (Movie)

Mr. Atwater (Actor)

Appointment in Berlin (Movie)

Col. Patterson (Actor)

Batman (TV Show)

Actor

Challenge to Lassie (Movie)

Lord Provost (Actor)

Confirm or Deny (Movie)

Updyke (Actor)

Crime Club (TV Show)

Actor

Double Crossbones (Movie)

Capt. Kidd (Actor)

Fiesta (Movie)

Tourist (Actor)

Forever Amber (Movie)

Landale (Actor)

House of Horrors (Movie)

F. Holmes Harmon (Actor)

Isle of the Dead (Movie)

Mr. St. Aubyn (Actor)

Ivy (Movie)

Sir Jonathan Wright (Actor)

Johnny Belinda (Movie)

Defense Attorney (Actor)

Lassie Come Home (Movie)

Andrew (Actor)

Lost Angel (Movie)

Dr. Woodring (Actor)

Madame Curie (Movie)

Dr. Bladh (Actor)

Manhandled (Movie)

Mr. Alton Bennet (Actor)

Ministry of Fear (Movie)

Dr. Forrester (Actor)

My Own True Love (Movie)

Kittredge (Actor)

Qb VII (TV Show)

Actor

Random Harvest (Movie)

Julian (Actor)

Tarzan's Magic Fountain (Movie)

Jessup (Actor)

Tarzan's Peril (Movie)

Peters (Actor)

The Bastard (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Caruso (Movie)

Jean de Reszke (Actor)

The Hairy Ape (Movie)

MacDougald (Actor)

The House of the Seven Gables (Movie)

Fuller (Actor)

The Invisible Man Returns (Movie)

Willie Spears (Actor)

The Lone Wolf in London (Movie)

Monty Beresford (Actor)

The Monkey Mission (TV Show)

Actor

The Strange Woman (Movie)

Judge Saladine (Actor)

The Whirlwind (TV Show)

Actor

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (Movie)

Mr. Parker (Actor)

Three Strangers (Movie)

David Shackleford (Actor)

Tripoli (Movie)

Khalil (Actor)

Unconquered (Movie)

Sir William Johnson (Actor)

We Are Not Alone (Movie)

Archdeacon (Actor)

We Were Dancing (Movie)

Capt. Blackstone (Actor)

Young Bess (Movie)

Robert Tyrwhitt (Actor)

Biography

Tall, gaunt, elegant, mustachioed character actor, born in England, who after considerable stage and some film experience moved to the United States in 1939. Almost invariably in gentlemanly roles connoting Britishness, Napier played a variety of noblemen, butlers, senior officers, professors and aristocrats, with an occasional villager or con man thrown in for good measure. His over 70 film credits include roles in "The House of the Seven Gables" (1940), "The Song of Bernadette" (1943), "Three Strangers" (1946), "Macbeth" (1948), "Julius Caesar" (1953), "The Court Jester" (1956), "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (1959) and "Marnie" (1964). A prolific TV performer, Napier is best-known as Alfred, the perfect butler to the Caped Crusaders (and the only person to know Batgirl's true identity), on the camp classic, "Batman."

Relationships

Jennifer Nichols

Daughter

Jennifer Bissell

Daughter
died January 5, 1993 at age 60 was married to veteran character actor Whit Bissell

Neville Chamberlain

Cousin
Prime Minister of England from 1937 to 1940

EDUCATION

Birmingham University

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London, England

Clifton College

attended prep school with John Houseman

Milestones

1940

Performed on the New York Stage opposite Gladys George in "Lady in Waiting"

1939

Immigrated to US

1939

Acted in first American feature film, "We Are Not Alone"

1929

Graduated to London's West End theaters and the Old Vic

Played Alfred Pennyworth on TV series, "Batman"

Began acting career with England's Oxford Repertory

Earliest British feature film credits include "Caste" (1930), "Stamboul" (1931) and "Bitter Sweet" (1933)

Bonus Trivia

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Napier's other stage credits include roles in "Coriolanus" (1954) and "Too Late the Phalarope" (1956).

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