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Warren Oates

Highest Rated:   100% Cockfighter (1974)
Lowest Rated:   13% Return of the Seven (1966)
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Birthplace:   Depoy, Kentucky, USA
Lanky, laconic actor Warren Oates made his first stage appearance in a student play at the University of Louisville. Moving to New York in 1954, Oates took a variety of jobs to sustain himself, including a "stunt tester" for the TV audience-participation series Beat the Clock (one of Oates' predecessors in this endeavor was James Dean). He worked in live New York-based TV dramas before moving to Hollywood in 1957, where thanks to such Western TV series as Have Gun Will Travel, he established himself as a brooding villain. One of his rare opportunities to exhibit anything other than menace was his semicomic supporting role on the 1962 Jack Lord TV weekly Stoney Burke. One of director Sam Peckinpah's favorite actors, Oates was well served with meaty roles in such Peckinpah films as Ride the High Country (1962), Major Dundee (1965), and, best of all, The Wild Bunch (1969). With his remarkable performance as an ageing hot rodder in 1971's Two-Lane Blacktop, Oates began a fruitful association with director Monte Hellman, who provided Oates with his best-ever film assignments in Cockfighter (1974) and China 9 Liberty 37 (1982). Shortly after completing work on Blue Thunder (1982), Warren Oates' long-overdue rising stardom came to a tragic halt as a result of a sudden, fatal heart attack.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Tough Enough
  • James Neese
1983
84% Blue Thunder
  • Capt. Jack Braddock
1983
80% The Border
  • Red
1982
86% Stripes
  • Sgt. Hulka
1981
No Score Yet Prime Time (American Raspberry) (Funny America)
  • Actor
1980
33% 1941
  • Maddox
1979
No Score Yet My Old Man
  • Frank Butler
1979
No Score Yet And Baby Makes Six
  • Michael Cramer
1979
No Score Yet The Brink's Job
  • Specs O'Keefe
1978
No Score Yet Amore, piombo e furore (Gunfire)(China 9, Liberty 37) (Love, Bullets and Frenzy)
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet China 9, Liberty 37
  • Matthew Sebanek
1978
No Score Yet Sleeping dogs
  • Willoughby
1977
No Score Yet Drum
  • Hammond Maxwell
1976
No Score Yet Dixie Dynamite
  • Mack
1976
No Score Yet 92 in the Shade
  • Nicholas Dance
1975
57% Race with the Devil
  • Frank Stewart
1975
100% Cockfighter
  • Frank Mansfield
1974
83% Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
  • Bennie
1974
98% Badlands
  • Mr. Sargis
1974
No Score Yet The White Dawn
  • Billy
1974
No Score Yet Kid Blue
  • Reese Ford
1973
92% Dillinger
  • John Dillinger
1973
No Score Yet Tom Sawyer
  • Muff Potter
1973
No Score Yet The Thief Who Came to Dinner
  • Dave
1973
No Score Yet Chandler
  • Chandler
1971
92% The Hired Hand
  • Arch Harris
1971
94% Two-Lane Blacktop
  • G.T.O
1971
No Score Yet Barquero
  • Jake
1970
86% There Was a Crooked Man
  • Floyd Moon
1970
94% The Wild Bunch
  • Lyle Gorch
1969
No Score Yet Crooks and Coronets
  • Marty Miller
1969
No Score Yet Smith!
  • Walter Charlie
1969
No Score Yet The Split
  • Marty Gough
1968
96% In the Heat of the Night
  • Sam Wood
1967
No Score Yet Welcome to Hard Times (Killer on a Horse)
  • Jenks
1967
100% The Shooting
  • Willett Gashade
1967
13% Return of the Seven
  • Colbee
1966
No Score Yet Shenandoah
  • Billy Packer
1965
97% Major Dundee
  • O.W. Hadley
1965
No Score Yet Mail Order Bride
  • Jace
1964
No Score Yet Hero's Island
  • Wayte
1962
93% Ride the High Country
  • Henry
1962
100% Private Property
  • Boots
1960
71% The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond
  • Eddie Diamond
1960
No Score Yet Yellowstone Kelly
  • Corporal
1959
No Score Yet Up Periscope
  • Seaman Kovacs
1959

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
  • Lafe Jed Hakes Tresh Tate Seth Pickett Chris Kelly Deke Speeler
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1962
  • 1960
  • 1958
No Score Yet Lost in Space
1965-1968
  • Jim Hapgood
  • 1965
79% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Ambulance Driver Cpl. Richard Langsford
  • 1963
  • 1960

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