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Multi-talented Kathleen Doyle Bates was born on June 28, 1948, and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. The youngest of three girls, her father was Langdon Doyle Bates, a mechanical engineer, and her mother, Bertye Kathleen (Talbot), a homemaker. Kathy has English, as well as Irish, Scottish, and German, ancestry, and one of her ancestors, an Irish ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 39 wins & 68 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016 The Great Gilly Hopkins (completed)
Maime Trotter
  Moose (TV Movie) (filming)
 2014-2015 Mike & Molly (TV Series)
Kay McKinnon
- No Kay Morale (2015) ... Kay McKinnon
- Three Girls and an Urn (2014) ... Kay McKinnon
 2015 American Dad! (TV Series)
D.O. Rothy
- Manhattan Magical Murder Mystery Tour (2015) ... D.O. Rothy (voice)
 2015 Yo Gabba Gabba! (TV Series)
Dark Blue Cat
- The Yo Gabba Gabba! Movie 2 (2015) ... Dark Blue Cat (voice)
 2014 Boychoir
 2014 When Marnie Was There
Mrs. Kadoya (English version, voice)
 2014 Tammy
 2012 Cadaver (Short)
 2009 Alice (TV Mini-Series)
Queen of Hearts
 2007 The Golden Compass
Hester (voice)
 2007 Bee Movie
Janet Benson (voice)
 2007 Christmas Is Here Again (Video)
Miss Dowdy (voice)
 2006 Guilty Hearts
The Judge
 2006 Have Mercy
 2006 Bonneville
Margene Cunningham
 2006 Relative Strangers
Agnes Menure
 2006 Failure to Launch
 2006 Solace (Short)
Marrows Wife
 2005 Rumor Has It...
Aunt Mitsy (uncredited)
 2005 Ambulance Girl (TV Movie)
Jane Stern
 2005 Warm Springs (TV Movie)
Helena Mahoney
 2005 Hansel and Gretel (Video short)
Narrator (voice)
 2004 Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy (Video short)
The Sea Hag (voice)
 2004 The Ingrate (Short)
The Judge
 1993-2004 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
- Tupperware! (2004) ... Narrator (voice)
- Amelia Earhart: The Price of Courage (1993) ... Narrator
 2002 Unconditional Love
Grace Beasley
 2002 Dragonfly
Mrs. Belmont
 2002 My Sister's Keeper (TV Movie)
Christine Chapman
 2002 Love Liza
Mary Ann Bankhead
 2001 King of the Hill (TV Series)
Patrol Officer
- Lupe's Revenge (2001) ... Patrol Officer (voice)
 2001 Rat Race
The Squirrel Lady (uncredited)
 2000 Possessed (TV Movie)
Student (as Katherine Bates)
 2000 MADtv (TV Series)
Stuart's Grandma
- Episode #6.2 (2000) ... Stuart's Grandma
 2000 Bruno
Mother Superior
 1999 Annie (TV Movie)
Miss Agatha Hannigan
 1999 Baby Steps (Short)
Mrs. Mellon
 1998 A Civil Action
Bankruptcy Judge (uncredited)
 1998 The Effects of Magic
Voice of Raphaella, the Magic Bunny
 1997 Amy Foster
Miss Swaffer
 1996 The War at Home
Maurine Collier
 1996 The Late Shift (TV Movie)
Helen Kushnick
 1995 The West Side Waltz (TV Movie)
Mr. Goo
 1995 Angus
Meg Bethune
 1995 Great Performances (TV Series)
- Talking With (1995)
 1994 Curse of the Starving Class
Ella Tate
 1994 North
Alaskan Mom
 1994 The Stand (TV Mini-Series)
Rae Flowers
- The Plague (1994) ... Rae Flowers (uncredited)
 1993 A Home of Our Own
Frances Lacey
 1992 Used People
Bibby Berman
 1992 Hostages (TV Movie)
Peggy Say
 1992 Prelude to a Kiss
Leah Blier
 1991 Shadows and Fog
 1991 The Road to Mecca
Elsa Barlow
 1991 L.A. Law 100th Episode Celebration (TV Movie)
Charlotte Haley (uncredited)
 1990 White Palace
 1990 Dick Tracy
Mrs. Green
 1990 Men Don't Leave
Lisa Coleman
 1989 No Place Like Home (TV Movie)
Bonnie Cooper
 1989 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Charlotte Haley
- One Rat, One Ranger (1989) ... Charlotte Haley
 1989 High Stakes
 1989 Roe vs. Wade (TV Movie)
 1989 China Beach (TV Series)
- The World: Part 2 (1989) ... Jan
 1987 My Best Friend Is a Vampire
Helen Blake (as Kathy D. Bates)
 1987 Summer Heat
 1987 Murder Ordained (TV Movie)
Bobbi Birk
 1986-1987 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
- Visiting Daze (1987) ... Polly
- Up and Down (1986) ... Polly
 1986 The Morning After
Woman on Mateo Street
 1986 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Brenda Harris
- Revenge (1986) ... Brenda Harris
 1986 Johnny Bull (TV Movie)
Katherine Kovacs
 1984 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Evelyn Maddox
- Episode dated 17 December 1984 (1984) ... Evelyn Maddox
 1983 Two of a Kind
Furniture Man's Wife
 1978 Straight Time
Selma Darin
 1978 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Sally Allison
 1971 Taking Off
Audition Singer (as Bobo Bates)
 1970 All My Children (TV Series)
Belle Bodelle (1984)
 1963 The Doctors (TV Series)
Phyllis (1977)
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Other Works:

Audiobook: "The Silence of the Lambs". See more »

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3 Interviews | 6 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Bobo Bates | Katherine Bates | Kathy D. Bates


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[on losing the role of Frankie, which had been written for her by playwright Terrence McNally, to Michelle Pfeiffer in the movie version of "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune"] "I thought it was wonderful to see a love story about people over forty, ordinary people who were trying to connect. We haven't seen it before, and I don't think we will see it with this movie Frankie and Johnny (... See more »


Playwright Terrence McNally originally wrote the role of Frankie in "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune" for Bates. Johnny was played by Kenneth Welsh in the 1987 Off-Broadway production that starred Bates. See more »


Characters who are frequently tough-talking and outspoken See more »



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