12Alfred - Sir Cedric Hardwicke
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The son of a doctor, Hardwicke forsook the family profession to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. After a long and prestigious stage career in Britain and the US, he acquiesced to films, where he specialized in playing aristocratic and dignified roles,
working with great directors like Cecil B. Demille in The Ten Commandments (as Pharoh Seti) or William Deterle in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (as Frollo). His deep, basso voice also made him an ideal narrator for movies like The War of the Worlds.
Hardwicke’s performances in horror films like The Ghost of Frankenstein best predict his casting here. Always aristocratic, continental and well-spoken, he also imbued his characters with dry wit. The humor and cultured manor make him perfect casting for the sarcastic and loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth. Those familiar with Hardwicke’s work should not have a hard time picturing him in a tuxedo and white gloves, dusting the Batcave and rolling his eyes at his boss.