Alan Napier

English actor

Alan William Napier-Clavering (7 January 1903 – 8 August 1988) was an English-American actor. He is best known for his role as Alfred the butler in the 1960s live-action Batman television series.

Alan Napier
Napier in 1949
Alan William Napier-Clavering

(1903-01-07)7 January 1903
Died8 August 1988(1988-08-08) (aged 85)
Cause of deathStroke
Resting placeChapel of the Pines Crematory, CA
EducationClifton College
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1930–81
Height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Emily Pethybridge (m. 1930–1944)

Aileen Dickens (m. 1944–1961)

Napier was born on 7 January 1903 in King's Norton, Worcestershire, England. His cousin was Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. Napier studied at Clifton College and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

He was married to Emily Nancy Bevill Pethybridge from 1930 until they divorced in 1944. He was married to Aileen Dickens Hawksley from 1944 until her death in 1961. Aileen was the granddaughter of Charles Dickens. Napier was a close friend of actor Michael Gough.

Napier died on 8 August 1988 in Santa Monica, California from a stroke, aged 85.[1]


  1. "Birmingham actor was Batman's butler - Sunday Mercury". Retrieved 2010-01-23.

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