Alan Bates

Alan Bates

Highest Rated: 100% The Go-Between (1970)

Lowest Rated: 20% Mister Frost (1990)

Birthday: Feb 17, 1934

Birthplace: Allestree, Derbyshire, England, UK

One of the most important British actors to emerge during the 1960s, Alan Bates made his reputation early in his career as one of the original "angry young men" of the post-war English theatre. His rumpled, malleable features lending themselves to his explosive versatility, Bates became a stage star through his portrayals of various disenfranchised working-class young men in such productions as John Osborne's Look Back in Anger, directed in 1956 by Tony Richardson, and Harold Pinter's The Caretaker, staged in 1964. Bates went on to establish himself as a noted screen actor in over 50 films, with particularly memorable turns in Zorba the Greek (1964), Georgy Girl (1966), and The Fixer (1968), for which he received a Best Actor Oscar nomination.The son of an insurance broker and a housewife, Bates was born the eldest of three brothers in the Midlands suburb of Allestree, Derbyshire, on February 17, 1934. Both of his parents were amateur musicians and encouraged their son to pursue a career as a concert pianist, but at the age of 11, Bates discovered that his true passion was for acting. After taking speech lessons and studying for a time with an acting teacher, he won a scholarship to London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he trained as a classical performer. Bates interrupted his studies to spend two years of service with the Royal Air Force and made his professional stage debut in 1955, at Coventry, with the Midland Theatre Company. Foregoing a traditional apprenticeship with an established theatre company, Bates instead joined the English Stage Company, a new repertory group based at London's Royal Court Theatre. He made his West End debut in 1956 in the company's first production and had his true breakthrough with his starring role in Tony Richardson's premiere staging of John Osborne's Look Back in Anger later that year.Look Back in Anger made Bates a star of the London and Broadway stage, and began a lifelong stage career that saw him perform in the works of such great modern playwrights as Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, and Alan Bennett, as well as those of Chekov, Shakespeare, Ibsen, and Strindberg. In 1960, the actor made his screen debut as one of Laurence Olivier's sons in Richardson's The Entertainer. Starring roles in Bryan Forbes' Whistle Down the Wind and John Schlesinger's A Kind of Loving followed two years later; both films received acclaim, much of which was directed toward Bates' performances as a murderer on the run in the former and a young working-class dreamer in the latter. The actor spent the remainder of the 1960s more or less in the spotlight, thanks to his starring work in some of the decade's most celebrated films, including Zorba the Greek (1964), Georgy Girl (1966), Le Roi de Coeur (1966), Far From the Madding Crowd (1967), The Fixer (1968), and Women in Love (1969). Each film showcased Bates' astonishing and often underrated versatility, as well as a willingness to do just about anything. This tendency was unforgettably demonstrated with his nude turns in Le Roi de Coeur and Women in Love, the latter of which required him to engage in an earthy wrestling session with Oliver Reed. Bates received his only Oscar nomination for John Frankenheimer's The Fixer, in which he portrayed a Russian Jew unjustly accused of murder. Bates began the subsequent decade on a very positive note, doing acclaimed work in Olivier's The Three Sisters (1970), in which he played Vershinin; A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1971), which cast him as the father of a young invalid whose condition puts a strain on her parents' marriage; and Joseph Losey's The Go-Between (1971), in which he and Julie Christie played illicit lovers. The actor's subsequent projects were incredibly varied, ranging from the exceptional (Lindsay Anderson's made-for-TV In Celebration [1975]) to the execrable (Michael Winner's The Wicked Lady [1983]), and Bates, although a prolific screen performer, tended to do his best work on the stage and telev


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Prince and the Pauper Actor 2009
67% Never Apologize: A Personal Visit With Lindsay Anderson Actor 2007
44% Hollywood North Michael Baytes 2004
No Score Yet Spartacus Agrippa 2004
23% The Statement Armand Bertier $0.6M 2003
No Score Yet Salem Witch Trials Sir William Phips 2003
64% Evelyn Thomas Connolly $1.4M 2002
No Score Yet Love in a Cold Climate Matthew Radlett 2002
52% The Mothman Prophecies Alexander Leek $35.3M 2002
No Score Yet Bertie and Elizabeth King George V 2002
86% Gosford Park Jennings $41.3M 2001
No Score Yet The Prince and the Pauper King Henry VIII 2001
No Score Yet In the Beginning Jethro 2000
54% The Cherry Orchard Leonid Gaev 2000
No Score Yet St. Patrick: The Irish Legend Actor 2000
67% Arabian Nights Actor 2000
No Score Yet Force majeure (Uncontrollable Circumstances) Malcolm Forrest 1998
No Score Yet Nicholas' Gift Reg Green 1998
No Score Yet Oliver's Travels Actor 1997
No Score Yet Grave Indiscretion Sir Hugo Coal 1995
No Score Yet Hard Times Josiah Bounderby 1995
38% Silent Tongue Eamon McCree 1994
No Score Yet Secret Friends John 1992
No Score Yet Unnatural Pursuits Actor 1991
76% Hamlet Claudius 1990
40% Mister Frost Felix Detweiler 1990
No Score Yet Dr. M Guru/Dr. Marsfeldt 1990
20% Mister Frost Actor 1990
No Score Yet We Think the World of You Frank Meadows 1988
55% A Prayer for the Dying Jack Meehan 1987
No Score Yet Pack of Lies Stewart 1987
No Score Yet Duet for One David Cornwallis 1986
No Score Yet The Return of the Soldier Actor 1985
No Score Yet Hands Up! (Rece do góry) Actor 1985
No Score Yet Trespasser Actor 1985
No Score Yet A Voyage Round My Father Son 1984
No Score Yet The Wicked Lady Capt. Jerry Jackson 1983
No Score Yet Separate Tables Mr. Malcolm Major Pollock 1983
No Score Yet Return of the Soldier Capt. Chris Baldry 1982
50% Britannia Hospital Macready 1982
44% Quartet H.J. Heidler 1981
43% Nijinsky Sergei Diaghilev 1980
86% The Shout Crossley 1979
78% The Rose Rudge Campbell 1979
92% An Unmarried Woman Saul 1978
No Score Yet Royal Flash Rudi Von Sternberg 1975
No Score Yet In Celebration Andrew 1975
No Score Yet The Story of Jacob and Joseph Actor 1974
No Score Yet The Three Sisters Vershinin 1974
No Score Yet Butley Ben Butley 1974
No Score Yet Story of a Love Story Actor 1974
No Score Yet A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Bri 1972
100% The Go-Between Ted Burgess 1970
82% Women in Love Rupert Birkin 1969
63% The Fixer Yakov Bok 1968
64% Far From the Madding Crowd Gabriel Oak 1967
89% King of Hearts Charles Plumpick 1967
91% Georgy Girl Jos Jones 1966
80% Zorba the Greek Basil 1964
No Score Yet Nothing But the Best Jimmy Brewster 1964
No Score Yet The Running Man Stephen 1963
86% The Caretaker (The Guest) Mick 1963
100% A Kind of Loving Victor Arthur 'Vic' $3.8K 1962
100% Whistle Down the Wind Arthur Blakey the Man 1961
77% The Entertainer Frank 1960


No Score Yet Masterpiece
Matthew Radlett George V 2002


Basil says: An overhead cable? You're mad.

Alexis Zorba says: Why?

Basil says: That forest doesn't belong to us.

Alexis Zorba says: Well, it doesn't, and then it does.

Basil says: What does that mean?

Alexis Zorba says: It belong to the monastery. The monastery belongs to God, and God belongs to everybody. Do you agree?

Alexander Leek says: You're more advanced than a cockroach. Have you ever tried explaining yourself to one of them?

Basil says: I don't want any trouble.

Alexis Zorba says: Life is trouble. Only death is not. To be alive is to undo your belt and *look* for trouble.

Alexis Zorba says: Damn it boss, I like you too much not to say it. You've got everthing except one thing: madness! A man needs a little madness, or else...

Basil says: Or else?

Alexis Zorba says: ...he never dares cut the rope and be free.