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Alan Bates

Sir Alan Arthur Bates CBE (17 February 1934 – 27 December 2003) was an English actor, who came to prominence in the 1960s, a time of high creativity in British cinema, when he demonstrated his versatility in films ranging from the popular children’s story Whistle Down the Wind to the "kitchen sink" drama A Kind of Loving. He is also known for his tour-de-force with Anthony Quinn, Zorba the Greek, as well as his roles in King of Hearts, Georgy Girl, Far From the Madding Crowd, and The Fixer, which gave him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In 1969, he starred in the Ken Russell film Women in Love with Oliver Reed and Glenda Jackson. Bates went on to star in The Go-Between, An Unmarried Woman, Nijinsky, and The Rose with Bette Midler, as well as playing varied roles in television drama, including The Mayor of Casterbridge, Harold Pinter's The Collection, A Voyage Round My Father, An Englishman Abroad (as Guy Burgess), and Pack of Lies. He also continued to appear on the stage, notably in the plays of Simon Gray, such as Butley and Otherwise Engaged.

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Feb 17, 1934 In Allestree, Derbyshire, England
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Hallmark Hall of Fame 1951-12-24
Latest Project:
Series Unnatural Pursuits 2022
Known For
Poster of Spartacus
Poster of The Mothman Prophecies
Poster of Gosford Park
Poster of Second Best
Series Unnatural Pursuits Hamish Partt 2022
Movie Nothing Like a Dame (archival footage) 2018-05-02
Movie Sins of a Father Major James Prentis VC (archival) 2015-11-04
Series The Graham Norton Show Himself 2007-02-22
Movie Hollywood North Michael Baytes 2004-01-12
Movie Spartacus Antonius Agrippa 2004-03-17
Series Spartacus Antonius Agrippa 2004-04-18
Movie Meanwhile Unknown 2003-07-19
Movie The Statement Armand Bertier 2003-12-12
Movie The Mothman Prophecies Alexander Leek 2002-01-25
Movie Salem Witch Trials Sir William Phips 2002-01-01
Movie The Sum of All Fears Dressler 2002-05-31
Movie Evelyn Thomas Connolly 2002-09-30
Movie The Making of 'Gosford Park' Himself 2002-06-18
Movie Bertie and Elizabeth King George V 2002-07-07
Movie Anthony Quinn: The Final Words Himself 2001-01-01
Movie Gosford Park Jennings 2001-11-07
Series Love in a Cold Climate Uncle Matthew 2001-02-04
Movie St. Patrick: The Irish Legend Calpornius 2000-03-12
Movie The Prince and the Pauper Re Enrico VIII 2000-01-01
Series Arabian Nights Storyteller 2000-04-30
Series In the Beginning Jethro 2000-11-12
Movie The Cherry Orchard Gayev 1999-01-01
Movie Nicholas’ Gift Unknown 1998-04-21
Series Oliver's Travels Oliver 1995-06-11
Movie The Grotesque Sir Hugo Coal 1995-09-09
Series Hard Times Josiah Bounderby 1994-04-29
Movie Hard Times Josiah Bounderby 1994-04-29
Movie Silent Tongue Eamon McCree 1993-01-28
Movie Shuttlecock Major James Prentis VC 1993-04-07
Movie Unnatural Pursuits Unknown 1992-01-01
Movie Secret Friends John 1991-06-21
Series Pebble Mill Unknown 1991-10-14
Movie Dr. M Dr, Marsfeldt / Guru 1990-05-24
Movie Mister Frost Felix Detweiler 1990-09-11
Movie 102 Boulevard Haussmann Marcel Proust 1990-11-09
Movie Hamlet Claudius 1990-12-19
Movie The Dog It Was That Died Blair 1989-01-01
Movie Uncontrollable Circumstances Malcolm Forrest 1989-04-04
Movie We Think the World of You Frank Meadows 1988-12-22
Movie Pack of Lies Stewart 1987-04-26
Movie A Prayer for the Dying Jack Meehan 1987-09-11
Movie Duet for One David Cornwallis 1986-12-25
Series The Ray Bradbury Theater Unknown 1985-05-21
Movie One for the Road Nicholas 1985-07-25
Movie Dr. Fischer of Geneva Dr. Alfred Jones 1984-10-08
Movie A Voyage Round My Father John Mortimer 1984-04-19
Movie Separate Tables John Malcolm / Maj. Pollock 1983-01-01
Movie The Return of the Soldier Captain Chris Baldry 1983-01-06
Movie An Englishman Abroad Guy Burgess 1983-11-29
Movie The Wicked Lady Captain Jerry Jackson 1983-04-21
Movie Britannia Hospital Macready: Guest Patient 1982-05-27
Movie Very Like a Whale Unknown 1981-01-02
Movie Hands Up! Wikto 1981-10-09
Movie Quartet H.J. Heidler 1981-10-25
Movie Nijinsky Sergei Diaghilev 1980-03-20
Movie The Rose Rudge Campbell 1979-11-07
Series The Mayor of Casterbridge Michael Henchard 1978-01-22
Movie The Shout Charles Crossley 1978-06-16
Movie An Unmarried Woman Saul Kaplan 1978-05-24
Movie The Collection James 1976-01-01
Series Laurence Olivier Presents Unknown 1976-12-05
Movie In Celebration Andrew Shaw 1975-03-17
Movie Royal Flash Rudi Von Sternberg 1975-10-10
Movie Plaintiffs and Defendants Peter 1975-10-14
Movie Two Sundays Charles 1975-10-21
Movie Butley Ben Butley 1974-01-21
Movie The Story of Jacob and Joseph Narrator (voice) 1974-04-07
Movie Story of a Love Story Harry 1973-05-24
Movie Second Best Tom 1972-01-01
Movie A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Bri 1972-01-01
Series Great Performances James 1971-01-28
Movie The Go-Between Ted Burgess 1971-06-16
Movie Three Sisters Col. Vershinin 1970-04-01
Movie Women in Love Rupert Birkin 1969-09-13
Movie The Fixer Yakov Bok 1968-12-08
Movie Far from the Madding Crowd Gabriel Oak 1967-01-01
Movie Georgy Girl Jos Jones 1966-08-04
Movie King of Hearts Charles Plumpick 1966-12-21
Movie Once Upon a Tractor Joe Turrel 1965-09-09
Movie The Caretaker Mick 1964-01-21
Movie Zorba the Greek Basil 1964-12-14
Movie Nothing But the Best Jimmy Brewster 1964-03-10
Movie The Running Man Stephen 1963-10-01
Movie A Kind of Loving Victor Arthur 'Vic' Brown 1962-04-12
Movie Whistle Down the Wind The Man, Arthur Alan Blakey 1961-07-25
Movie The Entertainer Frank Rice 1960-07-25
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24