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.

MINI BIO:

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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HONORS and AWARDS:

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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: The law will protect you unless you're guilty.
[closes the door]
Yakov Bok: [shouting] Guilty of what?


Rupert Birkin: Gudrun Brangwen. Gerald Crich. Tibby and Laura Lupton. Ursula Brangwen. Rupert Birkin. What peculiar names we all have. Do you think we've been singled out, chosen for some extraordinary moment in life, or are we all cursed with the mark of Cain?


Rupert Birkin: I want the finality of love.


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He had one granddaughter, Chatto Bates.

His companion and lover towards the end of his life was his lifelong friend, actress Joanna Pettet, his co-star in 1964's Broadway play "Poor Richard". They split their time both in New York and London.

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.

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