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William Austin

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. William Austin  (12 June 1884 – 15 June 1975) was a British character actor who was born on a sugar plantation in Georgetown in British Guiana (now Guyana). On the death of his father he was brought to England to complete his education. He later filled a business post in Shanghai and on being sent to San Francisco by the company he worked for, he decided to stay in America and take up acting on the stage and later in films. He appeared in many American films and serials between the 1920s and the 1940s, though the vast majority of his roles were small and uncredited. He was the brother of actor Albert Austin. He died in Newport Beach, California. Of the numerous silent films Austin appeared in, he is best remembered as the sidekick friend of Clara Bow in Bow's best known film It (1927). Mr. Austin's portrayal in the 1943 Batman serial of Batman's butler Alfred is the iconic portrayal still used in the comics. Previous to being played by Mr. Austin, the character was fat and had no facial hair. Performed by Mr. Austin, the character was thin with a mustache. Shortly after the serial was released, Alfred in the comics was changed to match the look of the serial; this representation of the character has for the most part continued to this day except for the live action films, the Birds of Prey series, and the Deadshot short in Batman: Gotham Knight where he has no moustache. Description above from the Wikipedia article William Austin, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

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Jun 12, 1884 In Georgetown, British Guiana [now Guyana]
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Common Sense 1920-06-01
Latest Project:
Movie The Ghost Goes Wild 1947-08-08
Known For
Poster of The Return of the Vampire
Poster of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Poster of Live, Love and Learn
Poster of Common Sense
Movie The Ghost Goes Wild Barnaby 1947-08-08
Movie National Velvet Reporter (uncredited) 1945-01-26
Movie Swingin' on a Rainbow Musician (uncredited) 1945-09-01
Movie Batman Alfred 1943-07-16
Movie The Return of the Vampire Detective Gannett 1943-11-11
Movie Charley's Aunt Spectator 1941-08-01
Movie The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Inquisitive Stranger 1939-09-01
Movie Doctor Rhythm Mr. Martingale 1938-05-06
Movie Renfrew of the Royal Mounted Constable Holly 1937-09-29
Movie Live, Love and Learn Bob's Butler (uncredited) 1937-10-29
Movie The Garden Murder Case Sneed, Hammle's Butler (Uncredited) 1936-02-21
Movie Oil For The Lamps Of China Clerk in Chase's office 1935-06-08
Movie Redheads on Parade Trelawney Redfern 1935-09-07
Movie The Goose and the Gander Arthur Summers 1935-09-20
Movie $1000 a Minute Salesman 1935-10-21
Movie The Gay Divorcee Cyril Glossop 1934-10-12
Movie Imitation of Life Englishman at Party (uncredited) 1934-11-23
Movie Three Men in a Boat Harris 1933-04-30
Movie The Private Life of Henry VIII Duke of Cleves 1933-08-17
Movie Alice in Wonderland Gryphon 1933-12-18
Movie High Society Wilberforce Strangeways 1932-01-01
Movie County Hospital Ollie's Hospital Roommate 1932-06-25
Movie A Tailor-Made Man Jellicott 1931-03-28
Movie Corsair Richard Bentinck 1931-11-28
Movie The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu Sylvester Wadsworth 1930-05-01
Movie The Flirting Widow James Raleigh 1930-05-11
Movie The Man from Blankley's Mr. Poffley 1930-03-28
Movie Let's Go Native Basil Pistol 1930-08-15
Movie Along Came Youth Eustace 1930-12-20
Movie Illusion Mr. Z 1929-09-21
Movie The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu Sylvester Wadsworth 1929-08-10
Movie Sweetie Percy (Pussy) Willow 1929-10-25
Movie The Marriage Playground Lord Wrench 1929-12-12
Movie Red Hair Dr. Eustace Gill 1928-03-10
Movie Drums of Love Raymond of Boston 1928-01-24
Movie Just Married Percy Jones 1928-08-18
Movie What a Night! Percy Penfield 1928-12-22
Movie It Monty Montgomery 1927-02-05
Movie Duck Soup Lord Tarbotham 1927-03-13
Movie Fig Leaves Andre's Assistant 1926-08-22
Movie What Happened to Jones Henry Fuller 1926-02-08
Movie The Flaming Forest Unknown 1926-11-21
Movie Head Winds Theodore Van Felt 1925-03-29
Movie The Night Club Gerly - The Valet 1925-04-26
Movie The Reckless Age Lord Allan Harrowby 1924-08-16
Movie The Cowboy King Wilbur 1922-05-01
Movie Common Sense Reggie Barrett 1920-06-01