Alan Napier

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Alan Napier

Born

1/7/1903, Harborne, Birmingham,England ,UK

Died

8/8/1988

Birth Name

Alan William Napier-Clavering

Gender

Male
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Biography

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Alan Napier was born of prestigious stock. He was the cousin of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and a direct descendant of Charles Dickens. His acting career began in the 1930's but it wasn't till the 1940's that he started to make a name for himself. This was…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Alan was the first to play Alfed Pennyworth on a Batman tv show. However, the first to play the character in live action was William Austin in the 1943 film Batman.

    • Alan's daughter, Jennifer Nichols, became a wardrobe supervisor for numerous movies.

    • Alan's grandson Brian Forster continued the family acting legacy. He played in Family Affair, The Survivors, My Friend Tony, and The Brady Bunch.

    • Alan's last appearance before an audience was on The Late Show(Fox)in April 28, 1988 with a Batman Reunion Special.

    • Alan was married to Emily Nancy Bevill Pethybridge (1930-1944) and Aileen Dickens Downing (1944-1961).

    • Alan did stage acting for the Oxford Repertory.

    • Alan's astrological sign is Capricorn.

    • Alan attended Clifton College and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

    • In his younger years, Alan was a member of the Oxford Players.

    • Alan starred in numerous American films that include: We Are Not Alone, The Invisible Man Returns, The House of the Seven Gables, Random Harvest, Cat People(1942), The Uninvited (1943), House of Horror (1946), Lassie Come Home, The Song of Bernadette, Hangover Square, Forever Amber, Joan of Arc, Macbeth(1948), The Great Caruso, Julius Caesar, Desiree, Journey to the Center of the Earth, My Fair Lady and Batman.

    • Alan was father to Jennifer Nichols and step daughter Jennifer Raine Bissell.

    • Alan starred in three Broadway plays: Too Late the Phalarope, Gertie and Lady in Waiting.

    • American film magazine Films in Review for February 1979 had an article on Alan Napier.

    • Alan is buried in Chapel Of The Pines Crematory, Los Angeles, California.

    • Alan immigrated from England to the U.S. in 1939, at the age of 36.

    • Alan's height is 6'6" (1.98m).

  • Quotes

    • 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 assistaint.

    • Alan Napier: My agent rang up and said, 'I think you are going to play 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.

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