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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 »

Known For

Zorba the Greek
(1964)
Women in Love
Women in Love Rupert Birkin
(1969)
Hamlet
Hamlet Claudius
(1990)
The Rose
The Rose Rudge Campbell
(1979)

Filmography

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 2004 Spartacus (TV Movie)
Agrippa
 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)
Storyteller
- Episode #1.2 (2000) ... Storyteller
- Episode #1.1 (2000) ... Storyteller
 2000 In the Beginning (TV Mini-Series)
Jethro
- 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)
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
 1993 Shuttlecock
Major James Prentis VC
 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
 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
 1987 Pack of Lies (TV Movie)
Stewart
 1985 Summer Season (TV Series)
Nicholas
- 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
Macready: Guest Patient
 1981 The Trespasser (TV Movie)
Siegmund
 1981 Rece do góry
Wikto
 1980 Very Like a Whale (TV Movie)
Sir Jock Mellor
 1979 The Rose
Rudge Campbell
 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 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
 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
Basil
 1963 The Guest
Mick
 1963 The Running Man
Stephen Maddux
 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
 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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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in Simon Gray's play, "Stage Struck", at the Vaudeville Theatre in London, England, with Nigel Stock and Sheila Ballantine in the cast. Stephen Hollis 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:

Handpicked by director John Schlesinger to star in the film Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) in the role of Dr. Daniel Hirsh. Even though he wanted the part very much, Bates was held up filming The Go-Between (1971) for director Joseph Losey and also became a father around that time, so he had to pass on the project, with regrets. The part then went first to Ian Bannen who balked and was fired and ... See more »

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