Alan Bates

17 Feb 1934 - 27 Dec 2003


Sir Alan Arthur Bates CBE (17 February 1934 – 27 December 2003) was an English actor, who came to prominence in the 1960s, a time of high creativity in British cinema, when he demonstrated his versatility in films ranging from the popular children’s story Whistle Down the Wind to the "kitchen sink" drama A Kind of Loving. He is also known for his tour-de-force with Anthony Quinn, Zorba the Greek, as well as his roles in King of Hearts, Georgy Girl, Far From the Madding Crowd, and The Fixer, which gave him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In 1969, he starred in the Ken Russell film Women in Love with Oliver Reed and Glenda Jackson.

Bates went on to star in The Go-Between, An Unmarried Woman, Nijinsky, and The Rose with Bette Midler, as well as playing varied roles in television drama, including The Mayor of Casterbridge, Harold Pinter's The Collection, A Voyage Round My Father, An Englishman Abroad (as Guy Burgess), and Pack of Lies. He also continued to appear on the stage, notably in the plays of Simon Gray, such as Butley and Otherwise Engaged.


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Filmography (42 titles)

(movie, 2004)
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Antonius Agrippa)
(movie, 2003)
···Hollywood North
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Michael Baytes)
(movie, 2003)
···The Statement
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Armand Bertier)
(movie, 2002)
···The Sum of All Fears
Genre: Thriller, Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Dressler)
(movie, 2002)
···The Mothman Prophecies
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Alexander Leek)
(movie, 2002)
···Bertie and Elizabeth
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as King George V)
(movie, 2001)
···Gosford Park
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jennings)
(movie, 2000)
···Arabian Nights
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Storyteller)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Calpornius)
(movie, 2000)
···The Prince and the Pauper
Genre: Family
Role: Actor (as King Henry VIII)
(movie, 1999)
···The Cherry Orchard
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Gayev)
(movie, 1998)
···Nicholas' Gift
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Reg Green)
(movie, 1995)
···The Grotesque
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror
Role: Actor (as Sir Hugo Coal)
(movie, 1993)
···Silent Tongue
Genre: Western, Drama, Horror
Role: Actor (as Eamon McCree)
(movie, 1991)
···Secret Friends
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as John)
(movie, 1990)
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Claudius)
(movie, 1990)
···Dr. M
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Dr. Marsfeldt · Guru)
(movie, 1990)
···Mister Frost
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Felix Detweiler)
(movie, 1989)
···Force majeure
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Malcolm Forrest)
(movie, 1988)
···We Think the World of You
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Frank Meadows)
(movie, 1987)
···A Prayer for the Dying
Genre: Drama, Action, Thriller, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Jack Meehan)
(movie, 1986)
···Duet for One
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as David Cornwallis)
(movie, 1985)
···Dr. Fischer of Geneva
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Alfred Jones)
(movie, 1984)
···A Voyage Round My Father
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as John Mortimer)
(movie, 1983)
···An Englishman Abroad
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Guy Burgess)
(movie, 1983)
···Separate Tables
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as John Malcolm · Maj. Pollock)
(movie, 1982)
···The Return of the Soldier
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Chris Baldry)
(movie, 1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as H.J. Heidler)
(movie, 1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Role: Actor (as Sergei Diaghilev)
(movie, 1979)
···The Rose
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Role: Actor (as Rudge Campbell)
(movie, 1978)
···An Unmarried Woman
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Saul)
(movie, 1975)
···In Celebration
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Andrew Shaw)
(movie, 1973)
···Story of a Love Story
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Harry)
(movie, 1971)
···The Go-Between
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Ted Burgess)
(movie, 1969)
···Women in Love
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Rupert Birkin)
(movie, 1968)
···The Fixer
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Yakov Bok)
(movie, 1967)
···Far from the Madding Crowd
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Gabriel Oak)
(movie, 1964)
···Alexis Zorbas
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Basil)
(movie, 1964)
···Nothing But the Best
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Jimmy Brewster)
(movie, 1963)
···The Caretaker
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Mick)
(movie, 1963)
···The Running Man
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Stephen)
(movie, 1962)
···A Kind of Loving
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Victor Arthur 'Vic' Brown)