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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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MOVIE CREDITS:
1990: Claudius - Hamlet
2002: Alexander Leek - The Mothman Prophecies
1964: Basil - Αλέξης Ζορμπάς
1967: Gabriel Oak - Far from the Madding Crowd
2001: Jennings - Gosford Park
2004: Antonius Agrippa - Spartacus
1982: Macready - Britannia Hospital
1962: Victor Arthur 'Vic' Brown - A Kind of Loving
1987: Jack Meehan - A Prayer for the Dying
1961: The Man - Whistle Down the Wind
1990: Felix Detweiler - Mister Frost
2003: Armand Bertier - The Statement
1990: Dr, Marsfeldt / Guru - Dr. M
1971: Ted Burgess - The Go-Between
1966: Jos Jones - Georgy Girl
2000: Re Enrico VIII - The Prince and the Pauper
1979: Rudge Campbell - The Rose
1978: Saul - An Unmarried Woman
2002: King George V - Bertie and Elizabeth
1969: Rupert Birkin - Women in Love
1984: John Mortimer - A Voyage Round My Father
1967: Charles Plumpick - Le Roi de cœur
2019: H.J. Heidler - Quartet
1978: Crossley - The Shout
1995: Sir Hugo Coal - The Grotesque
1960: Frank Rice - The Entertainer
1987: David Cornwallis - Duet for One
1975: Rudi Von Sternberg - Royal Flash
2004: Michael Baytes - Hollywood North
1968: Yakov Bok - The Fixer
1983: Guy Burgess - An Englishman Abroad
1963: Mick - The Caretaker
1972: Bri - A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
1991: John - Secret Friends
1988: Frank Meadows - We Think the World of You
1983: Jerry Jackson - The Wicked Lady
1983: John Malcolm / Maj. Pollock - Separate Tables
1993: Eamon McCree - Silent Tongue
1964: Jimmy Brewster - Nothing But the Best
1963: Stephen - The Running Man
1974: Ben Butley - Butley
1975: Andrew Shaw - In Celebration
1976: James - The Collection
1980: Sergei Diaghilev - Nijinsky
1985: One for the Road
1989: Malcolm Forrest - Force majeure
1973: Harry - Story of a Love Story
1990: Marcel Proust - 102 Boulevard Haussmann
1998: Nicholas' Gift
1992: Unnatural Pursuits
1981: Wikto - Ręce do góry
1987: Stewart - Pack of Lies
1981: Very Like a Whale
1994: Hard Times
1982: Chris Baldry - The Return of the Soldier
2002: Thomas Connolly - Evelyn
2002: Sir William Phips - Salem Witch Trials
1970: Col. Vershinin - Three Sisters
1989: Blair - The Dog It Was That Died
2000: Calpornius - St. Patrick: The Irish Legend
1975: Charles - Two Sundays
1975: Peter - Plaintiffs and Defendants
1974: Narrator (voice) - The Story of Jacob and Joseph
2002: Dressler - The Sum of All Fears
1965: Joe Turrel - Once Upon a Tractor
2001: Himself - Anthony Quinn: The Final Words
1972: Tom - Second Best
2003: Meanwhile
1999: Gayev - The Cherry Orchard

TV CREDITS:
1985: The Ray Bradbury Theater
1978: The Mayor of Casterbridge
1951: Hallmark Hall of Fame
1995: Oliver - Oliver's Travels
2000: Storyteller - Arabian Nights
1991: Pebble Mill
1976: Laurence Olivier Presents
2007: Himself - The Graham Norton Show
2004: Antonius Agrippa - Spartacus
2000: Jethro - In the Beginning
2001: Uncle Matthew - Love in a Cold Climate