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Alan Bates Biography

Birth Name:
Alan Arthur Bates
Birth Place:
Allestree, Derbyshire, England
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • As a child, his musician parents encouraged him to become a concert pianist, until he told them he wished to be an actor instead
  • Awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London at age 17, but delayed completing his studies in order to fulfill his mandatory military service
  • Made his Broadway debut in 1956 in Look Back in Anger
  • Starred in Women in Love, an acclaimed version of D
  • H
  • Lawrence's novel about two love affairs
  • The film was highly controversial due to the sexual themes and male frontal nudity
  • Served as Patron of the Actors Centre, a London workshop for actors, and set up the Tristan Bates Theatre there in memory of his son
  • Received his second Tony award, for Fortune's Fool, just a year before his death
  • Was knighted in 2003

Awards

  • 2002Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: winner
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 1992BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1970BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 1969Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1968Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1968Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1967Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1967Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actor: nominated
  • 1963BAFTA Film Awards-Best British Actor: nominated

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