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Warren Oates (1928–1982)


Warren Oates was an American character actor of the 1960s and 1970s and early 1980s whose distinctive style and intensity brought him to offbeat leading roles. Oates was born in Depoy, a very small Kentucky town. He was the son of Sarah Alice (Mercer) and Bayless Earle Oates, a general store owner. He attended high school in Louisville, continuing ... See full bio »

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 1985 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Harry
 1982 The Blue and the Gray (TV Mini-Series)
Preacher / Maj. Welles
- Part 3 (1982) ... Preacher / Maj. Welles
- Part 2 (1982) ... Preacher / Maj. Welles
- Part 1 (1982) ... Preacher / Maj. Welles
 1982 The Border
Red
 1981 East of Eden (TV Mini-Series)
Cyrus Trask
- Part Three (1981) ... Cyrus Trask (credit only)
- Part Two (1981) ... Cyrus Trask (credit only)
- Part One (1981) ... Cyrus Trask
 1980 Baby Comes Home (TV Movie)
Michael Kramer
 1979 My Old Man (TV Movie)
Frank Butler
 1979 Insight (TV Series)
Dan
- The Man Who Mugged God (1979) ... Dan
 1978 The Brink's Job
Specs O'Keefe
 1978 China 9, Liberty 37
Matthew Sebanek
 1978 Police Story (TV Series)
Richey Neptune
- Day of Terror... Night of Fear (1978) ... Richey Neptune
 1978 Black Beauty (TV Mini-Series)
Jerry Barker
 1977 Sleeping Dogs
Col. Willoughby
 1977 American Raspberry
Celebrity Sportsman
 1976 Dixie Dynamite
Mack
 1975 92 in the Shade
Nichol Dance
 1975 Race with the Devil
Frank
 1975 Rancho Deluxe
Harmonica Player in Bar (uncredited)
 1974 Cockfighter
Frank Mansfield
 1974 The White Dawn
Billy
 1973 Badlands
Father
 1973 Kid Blue
Reese Ford
 1973 The Thief Who Came to Dinner
Dave Reilly
 1971 Chandler
Chandler
 1971 The Reluctant Heroes (TV Movie)
Cpl. Leroy Sprague
 1971 The Hired Hand
Arch Harris
 1971 Two-Lane Blacktop
G.T.O
 1971 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Lew Weatherford / John Weatherford
- The Showdown (1971) ... Lew Weatherford / John Weatherford
 1971 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Richie Billings
- Turnabout (1971) ... Richie Billings
 1970 There Was a Crooked Man...
Floyd Moon
 1970 Barquero
Remy
 1969-1970 Lancer (TV Series)
Drago / Sheriff Val Crawford
- The Buscaderos (1970) ... Drago
- The Man Without a Gun (1969) ... Sheriff Val Crawford
 1970 The Movie Murderer (TV Movie)
Alfred Fisher
 1969 Lanton Mills (Short)
Gunman
 1969 Sophie's Place
Marty Miller
 1969 Smith!
Walter Charlie
 1968 Something for a Lonely Man (TV Movie)
Angus Duren
 1968 The Split
Marty Gough
 1968 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
John Blythe
- The Mystery of Edward Sims: Part 2 (1968) ... John Blythe
- The Mystery of Edward Sims: Part 1 (1968) ... John Blythe
 1968 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Deputy Potter
- One Bad Turn (1968) ... Deputy Potter
 1967 Cimarron Strip (TV Series)
Mobeetie
- Nobody (1967) ... Mobeetie
- The Battleground (1967) ... Mobeetie
 1967 Iron Horse (TV Series)
Hode Avery
- The Return of Hode Avery (1967) ... Hode Avery
 1958-1967 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Tate Crocker / Lafe / Al Tresh / ...
- The Wreckers (1967) ... Tate Crocker
- The Mission (1966) ... Lafe
- Ten Little Indians (1965) ... Al Tresh
- Circus Trick (1965) ... Speeler
- The Bassops (1964) ... Deke Bassop
 1967 Dundee and the Culhane (TV Series)
Lafe Doolin
- The Turn the Other Cheek Brief (1967) ... Lafe Doolin
 1967 Welcome to Hard Times
Leo Jenks
 1965-1966 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Duke / Korby Kyles
- The Great Safe Robbery (1966) ... Duke
- The Murdered Party (1965) ... Korby Kyles
 1966 The Shooting
Willett Gashade
 1966 Shane (TV Series)
Kemp Spicer
- An Echo of Anger (1966) ... Kemp Spicer
 1966 The Monroes (TV Series)
Nick Beresford
- The Forest Devil (1966) ... Nick Beresford
 1963-1966 The Virginian (TV Series)
Buxton / Bowers / Roy Judd / ...
- Ride to Delphi (1966) ... Buxton
- One Spring Like Long Ago (1966) ... Bowers
- A Slight Case of Charity (1965) ... Roy Judd
- Stopover in a Western Town (1963) ... Corbie
 1965 Lost in Space (TV Series)
Jimmy Hapgood
 1960-1965 Rawhide (TV Series)
Jesse Gufler / Weed / Charlie 'Rabbit' Waters / ...
- Hostage for Hanging (1965) ... Jesse Gufler
- The Race (1964) ... Weed
- Incident of the Prophecy (1963) ... Charlie 'Rabbit' Waters
- Incident of the Dancing Death (1960) ... Marco
 1965 12 O'Clock High (TV Series)
Lt. Col. Jerry Troper
- The Hotshot (1965) ... Lt. Col. Jerry Troper
 1965 Slattery's People (TV Series)
Stu Burns / Eugene Henson
- Rally Round Your Own Flag, Mister (1965) ... Stu Burns
- Question: What's a Requiem for a Loser? (1965) ... Eugene Henson
 1965 A Man Called Shenandoah (TV Series)
Sergeant Ryder
- The Fort (1965) ... Sergeant Ryder
 1965 Branded (TV Series)
Pierce / Frank
- Judge Not (1965) ... Pierce / Frank
 1965 Major Dundee
O.W. Hadley
 1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Joe Grover
- The War and Eric Kurtz (1965) ... Joe Grover
 1965 The Rounders
Harley Williams (uncredited)
 1964 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Hanes McClure / Herbie Grant
- Devil's Carnival (1964) ... Hanes McClure
- Rat in a Corner (1964) ... Herbie Grant
 1964 The Reporter (TV Series)
Mickroe
- No Comment (1964) ... Mickroe
 1964 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Reese Fowler
- The Mutant (1964) ... Reese Fowler
 1964 Mail Order Bride
Jace
 1964 Combat! (TV Series)
Stark
- The Pillbox (1964) ... Stark
 1960-1963 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
CPL Richard Langsford / Jeep Driver
- The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms (1963) ... CPL Richard Langsford
- The Purple Testament (1960) ... Jeep Driver
 1963 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV Series)
Eldon Bishop
- The Day of the First Suitor (1963) ... Eldon Bishop
 1960-1962 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Orville / Dink Strahman
- Terror in a Small Town (1962) ... Orville
- Blackout (1960) ... Dink Strahman
 1962 Hero's Island
Wayte Giddens
 1962 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Artie Krebs
- Pressure (1962) ... Artie Krebs
 1962 Bonanza (TV Series)
Paul Magruder
- The Mountain Girl (1962) ... Paul Magruder
 1961-1962 Target: The Corruptors (TV Series)
Billy Joe
- Journey Into Mourning (1962) ... Billy Joe
- Mr Meglomania (1961)
 1958-1962 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Willie Breen / Marty Ryan / Santos / ...
- Day of Reckoning (1962) ... Willie Breen
- Miss Milly (1960) ... Marty Ryan (as Warren M. Oates)
- The Prodigal (1960) ... Santos
- Bloodlines (1959) ... Jud Malakie
 1960-1962 Thriller (TV Series)
Hugo Wheeler / Benny
- The Hollow Watcher (1962) ... Hugo Wheeler
- Knock Three-One-Two (1960) ... Benny
 1961 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Bruno
- Somebody's Waiting (1961) ... Bruno (as Warren M. Oates)
 1961 The Lawless Years (TV Series)
Charlie Brown
- Artie Moon (1961) ... Charlie Brown
 1961 Stagecoach West (TV Series)
Tom Lochlin / Trooper Haig / Billy Joe
- The Renegades (1961) ... Tom Lochlin
- Fort Wyatt Crossing (1961) ... Trooper Haig (as Warren M. Oates)
- Object: Patrimony (1961) ... Billy Joe (as Warren M. Oates)
 1959-1961 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Cat Crail / Sonny Parsons
- Meeting at Mimbers (1961) ... Cat Crail
- Lottery of Death (1959) ... Sonny Parsons
 1961 Laramie (TV Series)
Pete
- Two for the Gallows (1961) ... Pete
 1961 Michael Shayne (TV Series)
Frank Hobbes
- Murder 'Round My Wrist (1961) ... Frank Hobbes
 1958-1961 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Clem Robinson / George Aswell / Billy Clegg / ...
- The Last Retreat (1961) ... Clem Robinson (as Warren M. Oates)
- Angela (1960) ... George Aswell
- The Legend (1959) ... Billy Clegg (as Warren Oats)
- Die by the Gun (1958) ... Jesse Cox (as Warren Oats)
 1960 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Al
- The Contenders (1960) ... Al
 1960 Lawman (TV Series)
Al May
- The Second Son (1960) ... Al May
 1958-1960 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Harrison / John Bosworth
- The Poker Fiend (1960) ... Harrison
- Three Sons (1958) ... John Bosworth
 1960 The Westerner (TV Series)
Drunk
- Jeff (1960) ... Drunk
 1960 Outlaws (TV Series)
Bill Hooton
- Thirty a Month (1960) ... Bill Hooton
 1960 Wrangler (TV Series)
Shep Martin
- Affair at the Trading Post (1960) ... Shep Martin
 1960 Tate (TV Series)
Cowpoke
- Before Sunup (1960) ... Cowpoke
 1960 Johnny Ringo (TV Series)
Burt Scanlon
- Single Debt (1960) ... Burt Scanlon
 1960 Bronco (TV Series)
Pvt. Hurd Maple
- Every Man a Hero (1960) ... Pvt. Hurd Maple
 1960 Hotel de Paree (TV Series)
Charlie Aiken
- Hard Luck for Sundance (1960) ... Charlie Aiken
 1960 The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond
Eddie Diamond
 1958-1960 Tombstone Territory (TV Series)
Vic Reel / Bob Pickett / Joe Clinton
- The Target (1960) ... Vic Reel
- Whipsaw (1959) ... Bob Pickett
- The Assassin (1958) ... Joe Clinton
 1959 The Rebel (TV Series)
Troy Armbruster
- School Days (1959) ... Troy Armbruster
 1959 Yellowstone Kelly
Corporal
 1959 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Private Silas Carpenter
- The Martha Barham Story (1959) ... Private Silas Carpenter
 1959 Trackdown (TV Series)
Deputy Norvil / Kelly / Lute Borden
- Back to Crawford (1959) ... Deputy Norvil
- Fear (1959) ... Kelly (as Warren Oats)
- Bad Judgment (1959) ... Lute Borden
 1959 The Rough Riders (TV Series)
Frank Day
- The Rifle (1959) ... Frank Day
 1959 Buckskin (TV Series)
Charlie
- Charlie, My Boy (1959) ... Charlie
 1959 Black Saddle (TV Series)
Deputy Simms
- Client: Steele (1959) ... Deputy Simms
 1959 Up Periscope
Seaman Kovacs (uncredited)
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Ted Ryan
- Seven Against the Wall (1958) ... Ted Ryan
 1958 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV Series)
Deke
- The Epidemic (1958) ... Deke
 1958 Rescue 8 (TV Series)
Pete
- Subterranean City (1958) ... Pete
 1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Milkman
- Gun at a Fair One (1957) ... Milkman
 1956 The Big Story (TV Series)
Danny, as an Adult
- Reunion (1956) ... Danny, as an Adult
 1956 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Private Lear
- Operation Three R's (1956) ... Private Lear
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Party Guest"; only Broadway role) in "The Wisteria Trees" on Broadway. Drama (revival). Written by Joshua Logan. Based on "The Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekhov. Music Selected and Arranged By: Max Marlin. Scenic Design by Herbert Gahagan. Costume Design by Lucinda Ballard. General Costume Director: Grace Houston; ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Warren M. Oates | Warren Oats

Height:

5' 11¼" (1.81 m)
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Personal Quote:

I don't intentionally set out to be a villain. I do what is given me to do and from there I evolve my attitude and comment. Heavies are closer to life than leading men. The heavy is everyman -- everyman when he faces a tough moment in life. It's the heavy that has to do with the meat of life. See more »

Trivia:

Brother of Gordon Oates. See more »

Trademark:

Often played sweaty, conflicted men who are proved to be unreliable See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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