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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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Known For

Gosford Park
Gosford Park Jennings
(2001)
The Mothman Prophecies
The Mothman Prophecies Alexander Leek
(2002)
The Sum of All Fears
(2002)
Women in Love
Women in Love Rupert Birkin
(1969)

Filmography

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 2004 Spartacus (TV Movie)
Agrippa
 2003 The Statement
Armand Bertier
 2003 Hollywood North
Michael Baytes
 2003 Meanwhile
Father Peter
 2002 Salem Witch Trials (TV Movie)
Sir William Phips
 2002 Evelyn
Tom Connolly
 2002 The Sum of All Fears
Dressler
 2002 Bertie and Elizabeth (TV Movie)
King George V
 2002 The Mothman Prophecies
Alexander Leek
 2001 Gosford Park
Jennings
 2001 Love in a Cold Climate (TV Mini-Series)
Uncle Matthew
 2000 Arabian Nights (TV Mini-Series)
Storyteller
- Episode #1.2 (2000) ... Storyteller
- Episode #1.1 (2000) ... Storyteller
 2000 St. Patrick: The Irish Legend (TV Movie)
Calpornius
 2000 In the Beginning (TV Mini-Series)
Jethro
- Episode #1.2 (2000) ... Jethro
- Episode #1.1 (2000) ... Jethro
 2000 The Prince and the Pauper (TV Movie)
King Henry VIII
 1999 The Cherry Orchard
Gayev
 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)
Oliver
- 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
 1994 Hard Times (TV Mini-Series)
Josiah Bounderby
- Episode #1.4 (1994) ... Josiah Bounderby
- Episode #1.3 (1994) ... Josiah Bounderby
- Episode #1.2 (1994) ... Josiah Bounderby
- Episode #1.1 (1994) ... Josiah Bounderby
 1993 Shuttlecock
Major James Prentis VC
 1993 Silent Tongue
Eamon McCree
 1992 Unnatural Pursuits (TV Series)
Hamish Partt
- I Don't Do Cuddles (1992) ... Hamish Partt
- I'm the Author (1992) ... Hamish Partt
 1992 Screen One (TV Series)
Henry Sitchell
- Losing Track (1992) ... Henry Sitchell
 1991 Secret Friends
John
 1990 Hamlet
Claudius
 1990 Screen Two (TV Series)
Proust
- 102 Boulevard Haussmann (1990) ... Proust
 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)
Blair
 1988 The Ray Bradbury Theater (TV Series)
John Fabian
- And So Died Riabouchinska (1988) ... John Fabian
 1987 A Prayer for the Dying
Jack Meehan
 1987 Pack of Lies (TV Movie)
Stewart
 1986 Duet for One
David Cornwallis
 1985 Summer Season (TV Series)
Nicholas
- One for the Road (1985) ... Nicholas
 1984 Dr. Fischer of Geneva (TV Movie)
Alfred Jones
 1983 Separate Tables (TV Movie)
John Malcolm / Maj. Pollock
 1983 An Englishman Abroad (TV Movie)
Guy Burgess
 1983 The Wicked Lady
Jerry Jackson
 1982 Britannia Hospital
Macready: Guest Patient
 1982 The Return of the Soldier
Chris Baldry
 1982 A Voyage Round My Father (TV Movie)
John Mortimer
 1981 The Trespasser (TV Movie)
Siegmund
 1981 Rece do góry
Wikto
 1981 Quartet
H.J. Heidler
 1980 Nijinsky
Sergei Diaghilev
 1980 Very Like a Whale (TV Movie)
Sir Jock Mellor
 1979 The Rose
Rudge Campbell
 1978 The Shout
Charles Crossley
 1978 An Unmarried Woman
Saul Kaplan
 1978 The Mayor of Casterbridge (TV Mini-Series)
Michael Henchard
- Episode #1.7 (1978) ... Michael Henchard
- Episode #1.6 (1978) ... Michael Henchard
- Episode #1.5 (1978) ... Michael Henchard
- Episode #1.4 (1978) ... Michael Henchard
- Episode #1.3 (1978) ... Michael Henchard
 1977 Piccadilly Circus (TV Series)
Gray
- Plaintiffs and Defendants (1977) ... Gray
 1976 Great Performances (TV Series)
James
- The Collection (1976) ... James
 1975 Play for Today (TV Series)
Charles / Peter
- Two Sundays (1975) ... Charles
- Plaintiffs and Defendants (1975) ... Peter
 1975 Royal Flash
Rudi Von Sternberg
 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
Harry
 1972 Second Best (Short)
Tom
 1971 The Go-Between
Ted Burgess
 1970 Three Sisters
Col. Vershinin
 1969 Women in Love
Rupert Birkin
 1968 The Fixer
Yakov Bok
 1967 Far from the Madding Crowd
Gabriel Oak
 1966 King of Hearts
Le soldat Charles Plumpick alias le roi de coeur
 1966 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Grigor Pecharin
- A Hero of Our Time (1966) ... Grigor Pecharin
 1966 Georgy Girl
Jos Jones
 1965 Once Upon a Tractor (Short)
Joe Turrel
 1964 Zorba the Greek
Basil
 1964 Nothing But the Best
Jimmy Brewster
 1963 The Guest
Mick
 1963 The Running Man
Stephen Maddux
 1962 A Kind of Loving
Victor Arthur 'Vic' Brown
 1961 Whistle Down the Wind
The Man
 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)
Giorgio
- Treviso Dam (1960) ... Giorgio
 1960 The Entertainer
Frank Rice
 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
- Look Back in Anger (1956) ... Cliff Lewis
 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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Show Show Self (29 credits)
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in David Storey's play, "Life Class", at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England, with Bob Peck, Stephen Bent, Frank Grimes, Paul Kelly, Gabrielle Lloyd, Brian Glover and Gerald James in the cast. Lindsay Anderson was the director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 8 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

Sir Alan Bates

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Personal Quote:

[1973 comment on Anthony Quinn] At his best, he's a marvelous actor and he's a very instinctive actor. He has a sort of animal quality, although I think he's got a bit stuck with it. He's a larger than life character. He's that without trying before he starts. He's not the easiest man to work with by any means. He's quite temperamental. See more »

Trivia:

He was created a Knight Bachelor in the 2003 Queen's New Year's Honours List for his services to Drama. See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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