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Alan Bates (I) (1934–2003)

Alan Bates decided to be an actor at age 11. After grammar school in Derbyshire, he earned a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Following two years in the Royal Air Force, he joined the new English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre. His West End debut in 1956, at 22, was also the company's first production. In the ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Zorba the Greek
Women in Love
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The Rose
The Rose Rudge Campbell
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 2004 Spartacus (TV Movie)
 2003 Hollywood North
Michael Baytes
 2003 Meanwhile
Father Peter
 2002 Salem Witch Trials (TV Movie)
Sir William Phips
 2001 Love in a Cold Climate (TV Mini-Series)
Uncle Matthew
 2000 Arabian Nights (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (2000) ... Storyteller
- Episode #1.1 (2000) ... Storyteller
 2000 In the Beginning (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (2000) ... Jethro
- Episode #1.1 (2000) ... Jethro
 1999 The Spying Game (TV Series)
Narrator (voice)
 1998 Nicholas' Gift (TV Movie)
Reg Green
 1995 Gentlemen Don't Eat Poets
Sir Hugo Coal
 1995 Oliver's Travels (TV Mini-Series)
- Do We Look Like That? (1995) ... Oliver
- The Farquhar Connection (1995) ... Oliver
- Why Did We Eat the Frogs? (1995) ... Oliver
- Land of My Fathers (1995) ... Oliver
- Looking for Aristotle (1995) ... Oliver
 1993 Shuttlecock
Major James Prentis VC
 1992 Screen One (TV Series)
Henry Sitchell
- Losing Track (1992) ... Henry Sitchell
 1991 Secret Friends
 1990 Hamlet
 1990 Screen Two (TV Series)
 1990 Dr. M
Dr. Marsfeldt / Guru
 1990 Mister Frost
Felix Detweiler
 1989 Force majeure
Malcolm Forrest
 1989 The Dog It Was That Died (TV Movie)
 1987 Pack of Lies (TV Movie)
 1985 Summer Season (TV Series)
- One for the Road (1985) ... Nicholas
 1984 Dr. Fischer of Geneva (TV Movie)
Alfred Jones
 1983 An Englishman Abroad (TV Movie)
Guy Burgess
 1982 Britannia Hospital
 1981 The Trespasser (TV Movie)
 1981 Rece do góry
 1980 Very Like a Whale (TV Movie)
Sir Jock Mellor
 1979 The Rose
Rudge Campbell
 1977 Piccadilly Circus (TV Series)
- Plaintiffs and Defendants (1977) ... Gray
 1976 Great Performances (TV Series)
- The Collection (1976) ... James
 1975 Play for Today (TV Series)
Charles / Peter
- Two Sundays (1975) ... Charles
- Plaintiffs and Defendants (1975) ... Peter
 1975 In Celebration
Andrew Shaw
 1974 The Story of Jacob and Joseph (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1974 Butley
Ben Butley
 1973 Story of a Love Story
 1972 Second Best (Short)
 1968 The Fixer
Yakov Bok
 1966 King of Hearts
Le soldat Charles Plumpick alias le roi de coeur
 1965 Once Upon a Tractor (Short)
Joe Turrel
 1964 Zorba the Greek
 1964 Nothing But the Best
Jimmy Brewster
 1963 The Guest
 1963 The Running Man
Stephen Maddux
 1961 Whistle Down the Wind
The Man (Arthur Alan Blakey)
 1959-1961 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Mario / Lewis Black
- Duel for Love (1961) ... Mario
- The Thug (1959) ... Lewis Black
 1960 The Four Just Men (TV Series)
- Treviso Dam (1960) ... Giorgio
 1956-1960 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Peter Garside / Charles Tritton / Eddie Burke / ...
- The Upstart (1960) ... Peter Garside
- The Wind and the Rain (1959) ... Charles Tritton
- The Square Ring (1959) ... Eddie Burke
 1959-1960 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Ralph Freeman / Rikki Barofski / Kenneth
- Incident (1960) ... Ralph Freeman
- The Jukebox (1959) ... Rikki Barofski
- A Memory of Two Mondays (1959) ... Kenneth
 1956 It's Never Too Late
King Lear (unconfirmed, uncredited)
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(3/73) Slage: Appeared in "Butley", Shubert Theatre, Hollywood, CA. See more »

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I consider Peter Finch and James Mason the two best English actors of the 1960s. But I never understood Finch. How could he do something as beautiful as Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), but also make all that other shit? I mean he could read, couldn't he? See more »


In 1969, along with Oliver Reed became the first actor to do frontal nudity in a major studio motion picture, in Ken Russell's Women in Love (1969). See more »

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