Kathy Bates

Actor, Director, Songwriter
To the general moviegoer, Kathy Bates seemed to materialize from nowhere, giving an Academy Award-winning performance as a psychotic literary fan-turned-kidnapper in the screen adaptation of Stephen King's "Misery" in ... Read more »
Born: 06/27/1948 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Filmography

Actor (126)

3rd Rock From the Sun 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2002, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Horror Story 2001 - 2002, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1989 - 1990, 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2002, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Great Gilly Hopkins 2015 (Movie)

Maime Trotter (Actor)

Christmas is Here Again 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

Mike and Molly 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tammy 2014 (Movie)

Lenore (Actor)

The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

The Effects of Magic 2014 (Movie)

Voice of Raphaella, the Magic Bunny (Actor)

Boychoir 2013 (Movie)

Headmistress (Actor)

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Harry's Law 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

King of the Hill 2001 - 2002, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

Two and a Half Men 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Little Bit of Heaven 2011 (Movie)

Beverly Corbett (Actor)

All My Children 1969 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Midnight in Paris 2011 (Movie)

Gertrude Stein (Actor)

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Office 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alice 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Valentine's Day 2010 (Movie)

Susan (Actor)

Chéri 2009 (Movie)

Madame Peloux (Actor)

Personal Effects 2009 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

The Blind Side 2009 (Movie)

Miss Sue (Actor)

Bonneville 2008 (Movie)

Margene Cunningham (Actor)

Revolutionary Road 2008 (Movie)

Helen Givings (Actor)

The Day the Earth Stood Still 2008 (Movie)

Regina Jackson (Actor)

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys 2008 (Movie)

Charlotte (Actor)

Bee Movie 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Janet Benson (Actor)

Fred Claus 2007 (Movie)

Mother Claus (Actor)

P.S. I Love You 2007 (Movie)

Patricia (Actor)

The Golden Compass 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Hester (Actor)

Charlotte's Web 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Bitsy the Cow (Actor)

Failure to Launch 2006 (Movie)

Sue (Actor)

Relative Strangers 2006 (Movie)

Agnes Manure (Actor)

The Bridge Of San Luis Rey 2005 (Movie)

Dona Maria, Marquesa de Montemayor (Actor)

Around the World in 80 Days 2004 (Movie)

Queen Victoria (Actor)

Little Black Book 2004 (Movie)

Kippie Kann (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Six Feet Under 2001 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Unconditional Love (New Line) 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

About Schmidt 2002 (Movie)

Roberta Hertzel (Actor)

Dragonfly 2002 (Movie)

Mrs Miriam Belmont (Actor)

Love Liza 2002 (Movie)

Mary Ann Bankhead (Actor)

My Sister's Keeper 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

American Outlaws 2001 (Movie)

Ma James (Actor)

Independence Day 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

6th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Annie (TV) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Bruno 2000 (Movie)

Mother Superior (Actor)

Stephen King: Master of Macabre 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Jessica Tandy 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Primary Colors 1998 (Movie)

Libby Holden (Actor)

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Swept From the Sea 1998 (Movie)

Miss Swaffer (Actor)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Waterboy 1998 (Movie)

Mama Boucher (Actor)

To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Titanic 1997 (Movie)

Molly Brown (Actor)

Diabolique 1996 (Movie)

Shirley Vogel (Actor)

The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The War At Home 1996 (Movie)

Maurine Collier (Actor)

Angus 1995 (Movie)

Meg (Actor)

Curse of the Starving Class 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Dolores Claiborne 1995 (Movie)

Dolores Claiborne (Actor)

Inside the Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Talking With 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Amelia Earhart 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

North 1994 (Movie)

Alaskan Mom (Actor)

Stephen King's The Stand 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Home of Our Own 1993 (Movie)

Frances Lacey (Actor)

Hostages 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

National Memorial Day Concert (1993) 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Together For Our Children -- M.U.S.I.C. 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Laughing Back: Comedy Takes a Stand 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Prelude to a Kiss 1992 (Movie)

Leah Blier (Actor)

Shadows and Fog 1992 (Movie)

Prostitute (Actor)

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Used People 1992 (Movie)

Bibby (Actor)

At Play in the Fields of the Lord 1991 (Movie)

Hazel Quarrier (Actor)

Fried Green Tomatoes 1991 (Movie)

Evelyn Couch (Actor)

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

Mrs Green (Actor)

Men Don't Leave 1990 (Movie)

Lisa Coleman (Actor)

Misery 1990 (Movie)

Annie Wilkes (Actor)

The Road to Mecca 1990 (Movie)

Elsa Barlow (Actor)

White Palace 1990 (Movie)

Rosemary (Actor)

High Stakes 1989 (Movie)

Jill (Actor)

Signs of Life 1989 (Movie)

Mary Beth Alder (Actor)

Arthur 2 On The Rocks 1988 (Movie)

Mrs Canby (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 1988 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

My Best Friend Is a Vampire 1988 (Movie)

Helen Blake (Actor)

Summer Heat 1987 (Movie)

Ruth (Actor)

The Morning After 1986 (Movie)

Woman on Mateo Street (Actor)

Two of A Kind 1983 (Movie)

Furniture Man's Wife (Actor)

Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean 1982 (Movie)

Stella May (Actor)

Straight Time 1978 (Movie)

Selma Darin (Actor)

Taking Off 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ambulance Girl (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Bull (TV Show)

Actor

Murder Ordained (TV Show)

Actor

No Place Like Home (TV Show)

Actor

Roe vs. Wade (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Shift (TV Show)

Actor

The West Side Waltz (TV Show)

Actor

Tupperware! (TV Show)

Narrator

Warm Springs (TV Show)

Actor
Director (5)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1989 - 1990, 1995 - 1999, 2001 - 2002, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

NYPD Blue 1989 - 1990, 1996 - 1999, 2001 - 2002, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Everwood 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Oz 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

Dash and Lilly (TV Show)

Director
Music (2)

The War At Home 1996 (Movie)

("We Gather Together" "The Old Rugged Cross" "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder") (Song Performer)

Taking Off 1971 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Biography

To the general moviegoer, Kathy Bates seemed to materialize from nowhere, giving an Academy Award-winning performance as a psychotic literary fan-turned-kidnapper in the screen adaptation of Stephen King's "Misery" in 1990. Unbeknownst to those outside theater circles, Bates had already enjoyed an over 20-year career as a Tony Award-winning actress on Broadway. Even more impressive, she was over 40 when she first made a dent in Hollywood; a town with a poor track record for accepting anyone who is past society's idea of "a woman's prime" - never mind if she was also plus-sized. But this challenge gave the honest, unflinching actress opportunities to sink her teeth into eccentric character roles like her revered turn in "About Schmidt" (2002), as well as charismatic supporting roles in "Titanic" (1997) and "Primary Colors" (1998). Bates enjoyed a third career incarnation as a director, beginning with network police dramas, before earning acclaim both behind and in front of the camera on HBO's darkly comic "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05). Her work in films like the marital drama "Revolutionary Road" (2008), the crowd-pleasing "The Blind Side" (2009), and as the star of the legal drama series "Harry's Law" (NBC, 2010- ) kept the performer in high esteem with both critics and audiences. Still in her prime, Bates continued to break the Hollywood law of averages by letting her talent rather than her age define her as an actress.

Relationships

Langdon Bates

Father
Deceased

Bertye Bates

Mother
Died February 15, 1997 at age 91

Mary Bates

Sister
Older

Patricia Bates

Sister
Older

Tony Campisi Actor

Husband
Lived together 12 years prior to getting married Married in April 1991 Divorced in 1997

Bernard Hill

Companion
Appeared together in "Titanic" (1997)

EDUCATION

Southern Methodist University

Dallas , Texas 1969

Milestones

2012

Co-starred in the romantic drama "A Little Bit of Heaven"

2011

Cast as Gertrude Stein in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in Drama Series

2011

Landed first role as a series regular in "Harry's Law" (NBC)

2010

Played a 'love therapist' in the Garry Marshall directed romantic comedy "Valentine's Day"

2009

Co-starred as Miss Sue, Oher's tutor in "The Blind Side" opposite Sandra Bullock

2009

Co-starred with Michelle Pfeiffer in Stephen Frears' "Cheri"

2009

Played the Queen of Hearts in SyFy's "Alice"

2008

Cast as the Secretary of Defense in the remake of the 1951 science fiction movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still"

2008

Re-teamed with "Titanic" co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet for "Revolutionary Road"

2007

Voiced one of the winged characters in the computer-animated "Bee Movie"

2007

Cast as Mother Claus opposite Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti in the comedy "Fred Claus"

2006

Voiced Bitsy the cow in live-action/computer-animated feature film "Charlotte's Web," based on the book by E.B. White

2006

Earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for "Ambulance Girl"

2005

Earned an Emmy nomination for her role as FDR's physical therapist in the HBO Films original movie "Warm Springs"

2005

Cast in Rob Reiner's "Rumor Has It" with Kevin Costner and Jennifer Aniston

2004

Played Queen Victoria in the Disney live action feature "Around the World in 80 Days" based on the classic novel by Jules Verne

2004

Starred with Brittany Murphy in the romantic comedy "Little Black Book"

2002

Played a fan who helps the male lover of a murdered pop star investigate the killing in "Who Shot Victor Fox?"

2002

Had a bravura turn as the future in-law to Jack Nicholson in "About Schmidt"

2002

Landed recurring role as Bettina on the acclaimed HBO series "Six Feet Under"; also directed episodes

2002

Co-starred in the television feature "My Sister's Keeper"

2001

Portrayed the mother of the James brothers in the revisionist Western "American Outlaws"

1999

Starred as Miss Hannigan in Disney's remake of "Annie" (ABC)

1999

Helmed the TV-movie "Dash & Lilly" (A&E) about Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman

1998

Delivered a scene-stealing supporting turn as a political advisor Libby Holden in "Primary Colors"

1998

Portrayed Adam Sandler's mother in the suprise hit "The Waterboy"

1998

Directed an episode of the HBO series "Oz"

1997

Portrayed 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown' in James Cameron's blockbuster "Titanic"

1997

Directed the failed pilot "Fargo"

1996

Cast as the tenacious police woman investigating the disappearance of the school's headmaster in the remake of "Diabolique"

1996

Helmed episodes of "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "NYPD Blue"

1996

Portrayed Jay Leno's manager Helen Kushnick in the HBO movie "The Late Shift"

1995

TV directorial debut, the PBS production "Talking With"; also acted in one segment

1995

Starred as the title character, a woman accused of murder in the feature adaptation of King's "Dolores Claiborne"

1994

Made uncredited appearance in the ABC miniseries "Stephen King's The Stand"

1992

Played supporting role in "Prelude to a Kiss"

1991

Co-starred with Jessica Tandy in "Fried Green Tomatoes"

1990

Made breakthrough screen performance as obsessed fan Annie Wilkes in feature adaptation of Stephen King's "Misery"

1988

Replaced Amy Irving in the off-Broadway production of Athol Fugard's play "The Road to Mecca"; reprised role in 1981 feature version

1988

Appeared in a two-part episode of the ABC drama "China Beach"

1987

Starred off-Broadway and in Los Angeles (1988) in "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune" in a role written for her by playwright Terrence McNally

1987

Cast in supporting role in the CBS miniseries "Murder Ordained"

1986

TV-movie debut, "Johnny Bull" (ABC)

1984

Played Belle, the cellmate of Erica Kane on the ABC daytime drama "All My Children"

1983

Starred on Broadway in "'night Mother"; received Tony nomination for her portrayal of a depressed woman bent on suicide

1982

Originated role of Stella May in the short-lived Broadway production of "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean"; staged by Robert Altman; reprised part in Altman's film version

1981

Appeared in the Actors Theatre of Louisville production of "Extremities"

1980

Made Broadway debut in support of Jane Alexander in the short-lived production "Goodbye Fidel"

1978

Was a member of the company of the Actors Theatre of Louisville (Kentucky); appeared in Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart"

1977

Made TV debut on an episode of "The Love Boat" (ABC)

1977

Reprised her stage role in L.A. production of "Vanities"

1976

Off-Broadway debut as Joanne, one of the Texas Southern belles in the three-character drama "Vanities"

1973

Stage debut as a duck in "Virginia Folk Tales" at Wayside Children's Theatre in Middletown, VA

1970

Feature film debut in bit role as a singer auditioning in Milos Forman's "Taking Off"; also wrote song "And Even Horses Had Wings" she performed in film; credited as Bobo Bates

1969

Moved to NYC to pursue career

Acted on stage in "The Art of Dining"

Raised in Memphis, TN

Bonus Trivia

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"I have always had a problem with my weight. I'm not a stunning woman. I never was an ingenue; I've always just been a character actor. When I was younger it was a real problem, because I was never pretty enough for the roles that other young women were being cast in. The roles I was lucky enough to get were real stretches for me; usually a character who was older, or a little weird, or whatever. And it was hard, not just for the lack of work but because you have to face up to how people are looking at you. And you think, 'Well, y'know, I'm a real person.'" – Bates quoted in 'I Was Never an Ingenue' by David Sacks, New York Times magazine, Jan. 27, 1991

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"The Oscar changed everything. Better salary, working with better people, better projects, more exposure, less privacy." – Bates to Daily News, March 9, 1998

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"I really love movie crews. They just work so hard, and we sometimes take them for granted." – Bates quoted in USAToday, March 30, 1998

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What happened after losing Best Supporting Actress to Catherine Zeta-Jones in March 2003: "Meryl Streep sailed by, grabbed my arm, and said, 'Let's go have a drink.' We slammed our bags onto the bar and she said, 'Two vodkas.' It was a real Bette Davis/Joan Crawford moment, it just took the sting out of losing." – Bates quoted to EW, June 27/July 4, 2003

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In September 2012, Bates announced she underwent a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Earlier that year, she revealed she battled ovarian cancer c. 2004, but kept it a secret.

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