Thursday, March 17, 2011


Happy St. Paddy’s everybody! My pal Tom sent me this awesome photo (his), in the spirit of “May the Road Rise Up to Meet Your Feet”:

Your Humble Narrator’s been stretched a bit thin lately, though in a good way, & missed out on commenting on the likes of the Oscars & Jane Russell’s passing.

But I did want to note the departure, at 94, of Michael Gough, best known now as Alfred in Tim Burton’s Batman & several of its sequels, though his many, many roles included everything from Bertrand Russell in Derek Jarman’s Wittgenstein to a Murderer in Olivier’s Richard III to starring parts in stuff like The Horrors of the Black Museum. He was working recently enough to provide the voice of The Dodo in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

I especially love Gough’s performances as unapolgetically nasty, heartless mad scientists in Konga & the pricelessly funny Horror Hospital.

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