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Alan Bates

Highest Rated:   100% A Kind of Loving (1962)
Lowest Rated:   20% Mister Frost (1990)
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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

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
24% The Statement
  • Armand Bertier
$0.6M 2003
No Score Yet Salem Witch Trials
  • Sir William Phips
2003
64% Evelyn
  • Thomas Connolly
$1.4M 2002
59% The Sum of All Fears
  • Dressler
$118.5M 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
No Score Yet 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% Mr. 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
56% 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. MalcolmMajor Pollock
1983
No Score Yet Return of the Soldier
  • Capt. Chris Baldry
1982
60% Britannia Hospital
  • Macready
1982
No Score Yet Quartet
  • H.J. Heidler
1981
40% Nijinsky
  • Sergei Diaghilev
1980
82% The Shout
  • Crossley
1979
86% The Rose
  • Rudge Campbell
1979
89% 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
No Score Yet The Go-Between
  • Ted Burgess
1970
93% Women in Love
  • Rupert Birkin
1969
71% The Fixer
  • Yakov Bok
1968
72% Far From the Madding Crowd
  • Gabriel Oak
1967
91% King of Hearts
  • Charles Plumpick
1967
90% Georgy Girl
  • Jos Jones
1966
86% Zorba the Greek
  • Basil
1964
No Score Yet Nothing But the Best
  • Jimmy Brewster
1964
No Score Yet The Running Man
  • Stephen
1963
No Score Yet 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
89% The Entertainer
  • Frank
1960

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Matthew Radlett George V
  • 2002

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