Update February 2015: Thanks to
Rob Hayes for sending this funny.
January 7, 1903 - August 8, 1988
"A matter of grave importance has arisen sir, your attention would be
appreciated, a contract to be ahem... red."
Alan Napier played Alfred, the butler. He was living in a house in Pacific
Palisades, which is now demolished. It was located at 17919 Porto Marina Way.
Here is what
it looks like now.
He died on Monday, August 8, 1988,
in the Berkeley
East Convalescent Hospital in Santa Monica, where he
had been living since June.
He had a stroke in 1987, and he died of
respiratory failure. He was 85 years old. He was cremated, and stuck in the Chapel of the
Trivia from Findadeath.com friend Kay: Here's an interesting (maybe) bit of trivia for you....I just read the updates to the site, including the Batman section...DID YOU KNOW that Alan Napier's grandson is Brian Forster, who played "Chris # 2" on the Partridge Family??
No I didn't Kay! Thanks so much
for letting us in. Very cool trivia!
October 2003 - I met Brian Forster, the
Partridge Family kid, at a recent autograph show. I asked him about
Napier, and he told me that Alan was actually his step-grandfather. He
said that Alan Napier was really into beach volleyball, which had to be
fascinating to watch. He confirmed that Alan's house is now demolished,
and had very fond memories of Christmas dinners put on at the house. He
also told me that Alan was paid $1750 for the Batman pilot, of which Brian still
has the original contract. Interesting stuff, and I do love living here.
February 2002: Findadeath.com friend Darren Langley sends this in: Little piece of info for you. Alan Napier, Alfred in the 60's Batman series,
was also the cousin of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (1937 - 1940).
I had a couple of close encounters with the Bat Things. Once, in the
I stood in line at Cobo Hall in Detroit, to meet the caped crusaders. Hours, I
waited. I bought some stupid comic book for them to sign (I hated the comic
book, they should have at least sold stills) and they signed it. "Batman
is how they looked then.
Cut to January of 1989. I moved to Chicago, and dragged my friend Bun to see
them again, at yet another dull auto show, but we went. Out of love. Again, we
stood in line for hours. I brought my special Batman soundtrack album for them
to sign. Assholes. They wouldn't sign anything, except these stupid pictures
they were selling there. That's not the worst part. They had pre-printed
All they did was fill in YOUR name. Livid.
I was really really pissed off, and was swearing up a storm. This nice woman
asked what was wrong, and I went off, explaining my experience. Funny, because
it turned out that she was a reporter for a local rag, and the next week, this
story ran. I was embarrassed at first, but then I felt vindicated.
For those of you who think my
attitude is prompted by this website, keep in mind that was almost 12 years ago.
I've always been a bitch.
Mark Masek adds: I was reading about your experiences with Batman, and read the article with your complaints about the pre-printed autographs. I just wanted you to know that the reporter who interviewed you, Achy Obejas, later became a popular columnist for the Chicago Tribune, writing about local entertainment and cultural issues. She has also written a few books, most centering on her experiences as a Cuban-born lesbian.
Thanks for everything, Mark!
Bob Kane, who actually created the superhero in 1939, died at the age of 83,
Neil Hamilton, who played Commissioner Gordon died on September 24, 1984, of
complications due to asthma. He was 85.
Stafford Repp played Chief
O'Hara, and he died in 1974.
To see where a bunch of the villains are buried, check out
Batman page here.
Here's a picture of the real Batcave
entrance, in Griffith Park.
I went up there quite a
few years ago (blonde tips, you figure it out) and they were filming Back
to the Future 2 and 3 up there.
Here are the two models of Batmobiles. I
didn't like the modern Batman
movies, or Batmobiles. Compare
them for yourself.
October 1, 2000 - Trivia from Jon. C.
Darby: Speaking of Eartha Kitt- she hears voices. The woman is decidedly schizo in addition to being (along with Cloris Leachman and Mary Steenbergen) one of the world's nastiest bitches. There's a rumor that at one point Orson Welles' limo arrived too early for a premiere and the door was opened to reveal her getting to the center of his Tootsie pop, but I've heard the same legend applied to Oja Kodar so I doubt it's factuality.
(funny tho - Scott)
Speaking of Alan Napier, have you ever seen a picture of his home? It was gorgeous in its day. He was a good friend of Mr. and Mrs. Boris Karloff (there were quite a few of the latter) and they used the same very tasteful English decorators.
Thanks, Jon. Great stuff as usual.
I thank Steve Goldstein (as always) of Beneath
Los Angeles.com for his photographs of Cesar Romero
and Alan Napier's locales. Much appreciation Steve, and your website is
More Dish added April 2001, from Findadeath.com friend Dave:
I was reading about your various experiences
standing in line waiting for Adam "Batman was the only thing of note I've
ever done, and PLEASE let me bleed it until your grandchildren are dead"
West, and felt I had to write to relay to you MY very similar
It was in 93 at the 25th anniversary reunion convention for
the cast and crew of the movie "Night of the Living Dead" (quite
appropriate, don't you think...not only for your web site, but also for Mr.
West's incredible career! Hee hee). Why he was there, I'll never
know. All I know is that throughout the convention, VERY annoying
announcements frequently came over the loud speakers about Adam
"Batman" West being available for autographs. It was cool at first,
because hell, it was Batman, and I wasn't yet cynical towards him and his
bastardish ways (sorry, had to make up a word to describe him).
stood in line and waited, not for hours, because really, not that many
people were interested in him since they were there to see George Romero and
the cast of NOTLD. Anyway, I stood in line, about a half hour it took.
And as I was getting closer to the front of the line, I noticed that he had a
HUGE stack of his own pictures in front of him, and he was charging 5 dollars
a picture, and he would ONLY sign those pictures!
I was all set to call
him a bastard to his face, but then I just HAD to figure out a way to get him
to sign something for me for free! So I got an idea, and put it into
motion. When I got to the front, I said to him, "Mr. West, I came
all the way from Canada in order to get your autograph for my best friend, who
is your biggest fan. He's dying from a rare blood disorder, and I just
know it would brighten his day to get an autograph from you." This
weasel of a man standing behind him (probably his manager, must be a GOOD one
if THE Adam West is one of his clients) started to tell him not to do it!
I mean, we're talking his NUMBER 1 FAN dying of a blood disease, for Christ
sakes! Have some PITY!
So Adam thought for a moment, pondering
what to do almost as an old King would ponder whether to "behead" a
peasant or not, and finally he said he would do it. I gave him a loose
sheet of paper, and he just signed it "To Jeff, from Adam West".
I later gave it to my friend, who said, "Who the fuck is Adam
It was quite cool to pull one over the great Batman's eyes.
At least he didn't refuse the request...so it proves that he has at least SOME
humanity in him. Funny thing...he just MC'd the Yuk Yuk's (a comedy club
chain in Canada) search for the best new comic in Canada (wow...talk about a
On another note...I was working on a TV show in
Toronto, and had to go to the airport to pick up Eartha "I'm the biggest
bag of horse crap bitch in the world" Kitt. She looked at me like I was
a bug under her shoe. I was quite polite to her and her daughter (who's VERY
white, btw), and even extended my hand to her, but she wouldn't take it.
I felt like acting like a monkey, flinging some feces at her, but alas, none
was available to me. I can only take solace in the fact that she's a
bitter old woman, who's nearing having a footnote on your wonderful page.
Anyway, that's all I wanted to say! Thanks
for the laughs and info, feel free to post my Adam West story on your page!
This just in, April
2003, from Findadeath friend Darren Gilbert:
I love your Findadeath site. I wanted to get on your mailing list, but the link did not respond or was not working. I read the news article about your grievance toward the Batman and Robin stars and their cheap, lazy-assed
autographing ploys. Did you know that Burt "Robin" Ward did
a fight scene with Bruce Lee, when Batman and Robin guest starred on "The Green
Hornet"? According to the A & E biography of Bruce Lee, Burt was afraid of Bruce.
Can't really blame him for that, at least. Bruce Lee, whether as
as Kato, could kick Burt/Robin's ass all over Gotham city! Agreed?
Speakingof Bruce Lee, I wish I had known him when I was a kid, before he died, but I
was only five at that time. I also miss Brandon Lee. He was just as good an actor and martial artist as his father. I can't believe he's been dead all
these years, now. Brandon was awesome in Rapid Fire! In fact Brandon was
Thanks for the info, Darren!
A different point of view, December 2004,
from Findadeath friend David S:
Hi, just found your site and love it. I grew up in the Chicago area myself, and I
was reading one of your bits about Adam West and Burt Ward. I have to say I went to the same car shows
at McCormack Place to meet them. I have some fun pics of the two goofs. This
was the second time I met Adam, and he was a real great guy to me both
The first time was a few years earlier when
he came by himself to the car show, I called his hotel and they put me
right through. I lied like every good fan should, and said I worked for my
school paper and would love to interview him, and he agreed. He had me sit
next to him at the table, while he signed and answered my stupid questions
and made my day. He even prodded me into signing a few autographs as
ROBIN, as little kids must have assumed that's who I was, sitting next to
Anyway at the show you mentioned, I saw the
pre printed pics, it was annoying. I had my little 1 year old dressed as
Batman and they posed for a pic and when they saw that I had the
Batman movie poster, they signed it quickly for me and were real cool.
Later, after the show, I got the skinny on the stupid pre-printed pics.
Here's the story so hopefully you can lay down your bitterness and
Most times the shows that invite the
stars require a cut of the autographs so they provide the pics and the
stars get a cut of the sales. It is contractual that they cannot sign
anything else as it is not the agreement of the show and the people
running the show can't charge for an autograph if they didn't supply the
I overheard Burt Ward complaining to one
of the show officials about how cheap and shitty it looked to do it on
those cards and nothing else. I asked the official about the deal after
Burt walked away.
Now the next year I waited 4 hours for
Shatner, and that bastard wouldn't sign anything, not even for pay. He was a
Love the site, keep up the good work. Feel
free to print any portion of this letter or all of it if you like.