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Cobra4J
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I have heard this several times and I don't believe it- but-

In the 1960s TV Batman, Alan Napier played Alfred the butler. I have been told several times he also played Batman himself in old black and white movies, and that he played Superman. I am pretty sure the rumor he played Superman is false, but what about the Batman rumor? Any truth to this one?

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Seltaeb
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Doubtful, according to the Wikipedia article on Alan Napier, which includes this quote:
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"I had never read comics before I [was hired for 'Batman']. 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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The only B&W Batman movies that I know of were serials (The Batman and Batman and Robin) in the 1940s, but neither starred Napier according to IMDb.

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In one of the TV episodes, however, Alfred did don a Batman outfit, to confuse one of the supervillains.

At least that's what he told the cops when the hooker called them to the motel.

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As an old viewer of the Batman TV show, Alfred (Napier) did pretend to be Batman whenever Bruce Wayne (West) and Batman needed to be seen at the same time.

So, yes, he did "play Batman" but NO it was not before the show where he played Alfred.

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To even further confuse a legend, once Michael Gough (who plays Alfred in the Tim Burton Batman movies) said that he found it funny working for Batman in the movie, as during WWII he was a batman (an aide assigned to a British officer. Pretty much an "Alfred"!).

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Originally posted by rogue:
As an old viewer of the Batman TV show, Alfred (Napier) did pretend to be Batman whenever Bruce Wayne (West) and Batman needed to be seen at the same time.

So, yes, he did "play Batman" but NO it was not before the show where he played Alfred.

That's how I remember it.

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