Michael Bates

Michael Bates

Highest Rated: 94% Patton (1970)

Lowest Rated: 82% Bedazzled (1967)

Birthday: Dec 04, 1920

Birthplace: Jhansi, British India

The years 1971 and 1972 provided Michael Bates with the unique honor of working with Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock on two consecutive projects. The memorable energy of his performances may indicate what attracted the two master directors to him. Anyone who has seen 1971's "A Clockwork Orange" will recall Bates' cartoonish authoritarian Chief Guard barking orders at the imprisoned Malcolm McDowell, always referring to him by his prisoner number--"Six double-five three two one!" He had used this militaristic quality of his comportment to a brilliant effect one year previous in Franklin J. Schaffner's Best-Picture winning "Patton." He played Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery opposite George C. Scott's General George S. Patton. It almost seems to be the role Bates was meant to play, not least because he bears a truly astonishing resemblance to the Field Marshal. Bates himself had served as a Major in World War II, where he was stationed in Burma. Following his discharge, he became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1948 until 1953, the year that marks his first screen role in the television series "The Teckman Biography." He alternated between film and television productions throughout the remainder of his career, seeing the bulk of his work in the 1960s and '70s. He appeared in Hitchcock's thrilling penultimate film "Frenzy" in 1972.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 40% No Sex Please, We're British Mr. Needham (Character) - 1973
90% 77% Frenzy Sergeant Spearman (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 62% The Stone Tape Eddie Holmes (Character) - 1972
88% 93% A Clockwork Orange Chief Guard Barnes (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 67% The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer Mr. Spimm (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Think Dirty Magistrate (Character) - 1970
94% 93% Patton Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 19% Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush Mr. McGregor (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 36% Salt and Pepper Inspector Crabbe (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 47% Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River Dr. Spink (Character) - 1968
82% 74% Bedazzled Inspector Clarke (Character) - 1967

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last of the Summer Wine Unknown (Character) 1975 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes Unknown (Character) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jason King Unknown (Character) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Saint Joe (Guest Star) 1963

QUOTES FROM Michael Bates CHARACTERS

Chief Guard says: Are you now, or have you ever been a homosexual?

Alex says: [smiling] No, sir.

Alex says: No, sir.

Chief Guard says: Are you able to see the white line painted on the floor directly behind you, Six-Double-Five-Three-Two-One?

Alex says: Yes, sir.

Chief Guard says: Then your toes belong on the OTHER side of it!

Chief Guard says: Then your toes belong on the other side of it!

Chief Guard says: He brutally murdered a woman, sir, in furtherance of theft. Fourteen years, sir!

Chief Guard says: Shut your filthy hole, you scum!