Michael Pate

Michael Pate

Highest Rated: 100% 5 Fingers (1952)

Lowest Rated: 13% The Silver Chalice (1954)

Birthday: Feb 26, 1920

Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Active in Australian radio and stage productions from childhood, Sydney native Michael Pate made his first film in 1949 on his home turf. Pate then moved to Hollywood, where he settled into villainous or obstreperous roles. He is best remembered for his portrayal of Indian chief Vittoro in John Wayne's Hondo (1953), a part he recreated for the 1966 weekly TV adaptation of Hondo, which top-billed Ralph Taeger. Other career highlights include the 1954 TV adaptation of Ian Fleming's James Bond novel Casino Royale, wherein Pate became the first actor to play CIA agent Felix Leiter (though both the character's name and nationality were changed), and PT 109 (1963), in which Pate played the Australian mariner who harangued future President John F. Kennedy (Cliff Robertson).During his Hollywood stay, Pate occasionally dabbled in screenwriting, collaborating on the scripts of Escape from Fort Bravo (1953) and The Most Dangerous Man Alive (1961). In 1968 he returned to Australia where, with such rare exceptions as the weekly TVer Matlock Police, he curtailed his performing activities to concentrate on producing, writing and directing. He produced the 1969 feature film Age of Consent, and later was put in charge of production of Amalgamated Television in Sydney. He made his feature-film directorial debut with the TV movie Tim (1979), which boasted an impressive early starring performance by Mel Gibson. He also adapted the screenplay of Tim from the novel by Colleen McCullough, earning the Australian equivalent of the Emmy Award for his efforts. Michael Pate is the author of two instructional books, The Film Actor and The Director's Eye.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Official Denial Wisdomkeeper 1993
17% Howling III: The Marsupials President 1987
No Score Yet Death Of A Soldier Maj. Gen. Sutherland 1986
60% The Return of Captain Invincible The US President 1984
No Score Yet Camel Boy Actor 1984
No Score Yet The Wild Duck Wardle 1983
No Score Yet Tim Director 1981
No Score Yet Tim Screenwriter Producer Director 1979
No Score Yet Mad Dog Morgan Superintendent Winch 1976
No Score Yet Return of the Gunfighter Frank Boone 1967
No Score Yet The Singing Nun Mr. Arlien 1966
No Score Yet The Great Sioux Massacre Sitting Bull 1965
No Score Yet Brainstorm Dr. Mills 1965
97% Major Dundee Sierra Charriba 1965
No Score Yet Advance to the Rear Thin Elk 1964
67% McLintock! Puma 1963
64% PT 109 Lt. Reginald Evans 1963
No Score Yet California Don Francisco Hernandez 1963
No Score Yet Drums Of Africa Viledo 1963
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast Bruno 1962
No Score Yet Tower of London Sir Ratcliffe 1962
No Score Yet Sergeants 3 Watanka 1962
No Score Yet The Most Dangerous Man Alive Screenwriter 1961
No Score Yet The Canadians Chief Four Horns 1961
No Score Yet Walk like a Dragon Will Allen 1960
No Score Yet Curse of the Undead Drake Robey / Don Drago Robles 1959
No Score Yet Westbound Mace 1959
No Score Yet Green Mansions Priest 1959
No Score Yet Hong Kong Confidential Actor 1958
No Score Yet The Tall Stranger Charley 1957
40% Something of Value (Africa Ablaze) Joe Matson 1957
No Score Yet The Oklahoman Charlie Smith 1957
38% The Amazing Colossal Man Thin Elk 1957
No Score Yet Reprisal Bert Shipley 1956
No Score Yet 7th Cavalry Capt. Benteen 1956
No Score Yet The Revolt of Mamie Stover Harry Adkins 1956
96% The Court Jester Sir Locksley 1956
60% The Killer Is Loose Chris Gillespie 1956
No Score Yet A Lawless Street Harley 1955
13% The Silver Chalice Aaron 1954
No Score Yet King Richard and the Crusaders Montferrat 1954
No Score Yet Secret of the Incas Pachacutec 1954
No Score Yet Escape From Fort Bravo Screenwriter 1953
No Score Yet All the Brothers Were Valiant Varde 1953
No Score Yet The Maze William 1953
85% Houdini Dooley 1953
95% Julius Caesar Flavius 1953
83% The Desert Rats Capt. Currie 1953
No Score Yet Guerrilla Girl Actor 1953
86% Hondo Vittoro 1953
No Score Yet The Black Castle Von Melcher 1952
100% 5 Fingers Morrison 1952
No Score Yet The Strange Door Talon 1951
No Score Yet Ten Tall Men Browning 1951
No Score Yet Thunder on the Hill Willie 1951
No Score Yet Bitter Springs Trooper 1950


No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
Gen. Diaz 1967
93% Batman
Second Hand #3 1966
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Bey 1966
No Score Yet Get Smart
Naharana 1965
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Jack Mallory Richard Harris 1964
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Calf Wild Hog 1964
No Score Yet Rawhide
Sankeno Mitla Goffage Shaman Taslach 1964
No Score Yet Maverick
Chet Whitehead 1961
No Score Yet Zorro
Quintana 1958


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