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Alan Bates

1934-02-17 Allestree, Derbyshire, England

Image of Alan Bates


Sir Alan Arthur Bates CBE (17 February 1934 – 27 December 2003) was an English actor, who came to prominence in the 1960s, a time of high creativity in British cinema, when he demonstrated his versatility in films ranging from the popular children’s story Whistle Down the Wind to the "kitchen sink" drama A Kind of Loving. He is also known for his tour-de-force with Anthony Quinn, Zorba the Greek, as well as his roles in King of Hearts, Georgy Girl, Far From the Madding Crowd, and The Fixer, which gave him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In 1969, he starred in the Ken Russell film Women in Love with Oliver Reed and Glenda Jackson. Bates went on to star in The Go-Between, An Unmarried Woman, Nijinsky, and The Rose with Bette Midler, as well as playing varied roles in television drama, including The Mayor of Casterbridge, Harold Pinter's The Collection, A Voyage Round My Father, An Englishman Abroad (as Guy Burgess), and Pack of Lies. He also continued to appear on the stage, notably in the plays of Simon Gray, such as Butley and Otherwise Engaged.


Shuttlecock: Sins of a Father Major James Prentis (archival footage) 2020-12-31
Nothing Like a Dame Self (archive footage) (uncredited) 2018-05-02
Discovering Hamlet Claudius (archive footage) 2011-11-01
An Englishman Abroad Guy Burgess 2009-09-21
Spartacus Antonius Agrippa 2004-03-17
Hollywood North Michael Baytes 2004-01-12
The Statement Armand Bertier 2003-12-12
Meanwhile 2003-07-19
The Sum of All Fears Dressler 2002-05-31
Bertie and Elizabeth King George V 2002-07-07
Evelyn Thomas Connolly 2002-09-30
The Making of 'Gosford Park' Self 2002-06-18
The Mothman Prophecies Alexander Leek 2002-01-25
Salem Witch Trials Sir William Phips 2002-12-24
Gosford Park Jennings 2001-11-07
Anthony Quinn: The Final Words Himself 2001-01-01
The Prince and the Pauper Re Enrico VIII 2000-12-01
St. Patrick: The Irish Legend Calpornius 2000-03-12
The Cherry Orchard Gayev 1999-01-01
Nicholas' Gift Reg Green 1998-04-21
The Grotesque Sir Hugo Coal 1995-09-09
Hard Times Josiah Bounderby 1994-04-29
Shuttlecock Major James Prentis VC 1993-04-07
Silent Tongue Eamon McCree 1993-01-28
Unnatural Pursuits Hamish Partt 1992-01-01
Losing Track Henry Sitchell 1992-10-18
Secret Friends John 1991-06-21
Mister Frost Felix Detweiler 1990-04-10
102 Boulevard Haussmann Marcel Proust 1990-11-09
Dr. M Dr, Marsfeldt / Guru 1990-05-24
Hamlet Claudius 1990-12-19
Force majeure Malcolm Forrest 1989-04-04
The Dog It Was That Died Blair 1989-01-01
We Think the World of You Frank Meadows 1988-12-22
Pack of Lies Stewart 1987-04-26
A Prayer for the Dying Jack Meehan 1987-09-11
Duet for One David Cornwallis 1986-12-25
One for the Road Nicholas 1985-07-25
Ręce do góry Self (1981 footage) 1985-01-21
Dr. Fischer of Geneva Dr. Alfred Jones 1984-10-08
A Voyage Round My Father John Mortimer 1984-04-19
Separate Tables John Malcolm / Maj. Pollock 1983-01-01
The Wicked Lady Captain Jerry Jackson 1983-04-21
The Return of the Soldier Captain Chris Baldry 1983-01-06
Britannia Hospital Macready 1982-05-27
The Trespasser Siegmund 1981-01-25
Very Like a Whale Sir Jock Mellor 1981-01-02
Quartet H.J. Heidler 1981-10-25
Nijinsky Sergei Diaghilev 1980-03-20
The Rose Rudge Campbell 1979-11-07
The Shout Charles Crossley 1978-06-16
An Unmarried Woman Saul Kaplan 1978-05-24
The Collection James 1976-01-01
In Celebration Andrew Shaw 1975-03-17
Two Sundays Charles 1975-10-21
Plaintiffs and Defendants Peter 1975-10-14
Royal Flash Rudi Von Sternberg 1975-10-10
Butley Ben Butley 1974-01-21
The Story of Jacob and Joseph Narrator (voice) 1974-04-07
L'Impossible Objet Harry 1973-05-24
Second Best Tom 1972-01-01
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Bri 1972-05-01
The Go-Between Ted Burgess 1971-06-16
Three Sisters Col. Vershinin 1970-04-01
Women in Love Rupert Birkin 1969-09-13
The Fixer Yakov Bok 1968-12-08
Far from the Madding Crowd Gabriel Oak 1967-06-18
Georgy Girl Jos Jones 1966-08-04
Le Roi de cœur Charles Plumpick 1966-12-21
Once Upon a Tractor Joe Turrel 1965-09-09
Αλέξης Ζορμπάς Basil 1964-12-14
The Caretaker Mick 1964-01-21
Nothing But the Best Jimmy Brewster 1964-03-10
The Running Man Stephen 1963-10-01
A Kind of Loving Victor Arthur 'Vic' Brown 1962-04-12
Whistle Down the Wind The Man, Arthur Alan Blakey 1961-07-25
The Entertainer Frank Rice 1960-07-25