Alan Bates Overview:

Legendary actor, Alan Bates, was born Alan Arthur Bates on Feb 17, 1934 in Allestree, Derbyshire. Bates died at the age of 69 on Dec 27, 2003 in London, UK and was laid to rest in All Saints Churchyard Cemetery in Bradbourne, England.


Dark-haired, solid English stage actor who came to the screen with the wave of angry young men in the early 1960s. Adept at playing rough diamonds insensitive to other people's feelings. Bates proved very popular in the middle and late 1960s, after which he got involved in several highly uncommercial enterprises, and concentrated on the theatre until the late 1970s. Further cinema roles continued by and large to be unworthy of his talents. Oscar nomination for The Fixer.

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Although Bates was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1968Best ActorThe Fixer (1968)Yakov BokNominated

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Alan Bates Quotes:

Bibikov: What is your own personal philosophy?
Yakov Bok: That life could be better than it is.

Rupert Birkin: I would like to die from our kind of life. Be born again... through a love that is like sleep. With new air around one, that no one's ever breathed before.

Rupert Birkin: I abhor humanity, I wish it was swept away. It could go, and there would be no loss if every human being perished tomorrow.
Ursula Brangwen: So, you want everybody in the world destroyed?
Rupert Birkin: Yes, absolutely. Don't you yourself think it's a wonderful, clear idea? A world empty of people... just uninterrupted grass and a rabbit sitting there?
Ursula Brangwen: You don't seem to see much love in humanity. What about individual love?
Rupert Birkin: I don't believe in love any more than I believe in hate or grief. Love is an emotion. You feel or don't feel, according to your circumstances.
Ursula Brangwen: If you don't believe in love, what do you believe in? Just in the end of the world and rabbits?
Rupert Birkin: The point about L-O-V-E is that we hate the word, because we've vulgarised it. lt should be taboo, forbidden from utterance for many years... till we've found a new and better idea.

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He had one granddaughter, Chatto Bates.

Eldest of three brothers from an artistic family: his two brothers are artists, his father was a fine cellist, and his mother a pianist who had studied in Paris. His father supported the family by working in the insurance business.

He was awarded with a Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2003 Queen's New Year's Honours List for his services to Drama.

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