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Batman: The Animated Series – Bios – Alfred Pennyworth

Bios – Alfred Pennyworth

Voiced By:
Clive Revill (First 4 Episodes of BTAS)
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (BTAS-Present)
First Appearance: “On Leather Wings”
Position: Butler and Aid to Bruce Wayne
Bio: Butler to the Wayne family, Alfred Pennyworth has known Bruce Wayne most of his life. After the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne, Alfred became a second father to Bruce and is one of the few who are privy to the secrets contained beneath Wayne Manor. In addition to his duties as Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred tends to much of the high tech gadgetry in the Batcave, and is an expert mechanic. Once an agent for the British Secret Service before joining the Wayne household, Alfred is the voice of reason for the often emotional Batman and Robin. Although he openly voices his opinion about his employer’s nocturnal activities, he also believes that their cause is a just one.

Alfred maintains Bruce’s daily routine with the utmost attention to detail. His humor is also helpful to Batman who admittedly can be too serious. Jokes not withstanding, Alfred is firmly committed to Batman and his mission. Always vigilant at Wayne Manor while Batman patrols the Gotham night, Alfred minds the phones and gates, covering Bruce Wayne’s tracks. Alfred also had a brief relationship with Maggie Page, a retired socialite. Alfred is also a father figure for Dick Grayson when Wayne is not available. Dick looks upon Alfred with great respect, love, understanding and admiration for his loyalty.

Bio (Cartoon Network): Alfred is Batman’s butler- but he’s also much more. Before Robin, before Batgirl, before even Batman- there was Alfred. The Wayne family butler for as far back as anyone can remember, Alfred took care of Bruce Wayne after his parents were murdered. When Bruce returned from his journey around the world with the intention of becoming the Batman, Alfred helped him in the creation of the Batcave and all of its accoutrements. Since then, he has been the keeper of all of Batman’s secrets. Bruce knows Alfred would give his life for him. Alfred firmly believes that what Batman is doing is right- although he worries that Bruce will take it too far.

He has helped Batman solve hundreds of crimes with his intelligence and resourcefulness. He has even acted as a second father towards the various Robins who have come to stay with Batman- particularly Dick Grayson- and tried to help them understand Batman’s cold nature. He also spends a good deal of time simply being a butler. Alfred takes pride in his position as the butler of Wayne manor, and cares for Bruce- and Dick Grayson, Nightwing- very deeply.

For more, refer to the The New Batman Adventures bio.
For more, refer to the 
Justice League bio.


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