“I have no wish to fill my few remaining years grieving for the loss of old friends… or their sons.” The late, great Michael Gough gave us an Alfred moment for the ages in Tim Burton’s Batman, and remained one of the few bright spots when the series went to crap in the Joel Schumacher years. He remained a staple of Burton’s films as well, following a career that spanned over sixty years. He shares a birthday today with a gaggle of old friends no longer with us. David Rappaport was born in 1951, and though his career was cut tragically short when he took his own life, he made huge strides opening the door for little people in show business. Without Rappaport, Peter Dinklage couldn’t do the amazing things he’s done.
On a lighter note, the brilliant Harpo Marx joined his famous clan on this day in 1888. And one year earlier, we welcomed immortal boogeyman Boris Karloff into the world. Old friends like these never entirely go away: part of the magic of the work they did. Happy birthday one and all!