Gough was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya (now Malaysia) on November 23, 1916. He has appeared in more than 100 films, but is most known worldwide for his role of Alfred in the four "Batman" films.
The actor made his film debut in 1947 in Blanche Fury, and since appeared numerous times on British television. Gough also had roles in many horror films, such as Dracula in 1958, The Phantom of the Opera in 1962, Horrors of the Black Museum in 1960, The Corpse in 1970 and Satan’s Slave in 1976.
Gough also reprised his role of Alfred in the 1994 BBC radio adaptation of "Batman: Knightfall" and six TV commercials for OnStar in 2001. He worked with Burton again in 1999’s Sleepy Hollow, 2005’s Corpse Bride and 2010’s Alice in Wonderland.