Larry Gates

Actor
American character actor Larry Gates got his proverbial break late in his career, and is best known for his roles on the soap "Guiding Light" and in the film "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. " After appearing on stage and on ... Read more »
Born: 09/24/1915 in St Paul, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Actor (36)

Guiding Light 1951 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

F.D.R. -- The Last Year 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Backstairs at the White House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny Lady 1975 (Movie)

Bernard Baruch (Actor)

Kate McShane 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Ceremony of Innocence 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Sarge: The Badge or the Cross 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Airport 1970 (Movie)

Commissioner Ackerman (Actor)

Death of a Gunfighter 1969 (Movie)

Mayor Chester Sayre (Actor)

Hour of the Gun 1967 (Movie)

John P Clum (Actor)

In the Heat of the Night 1967 (Movie)

Eric Endicott (Actor)

The Sand Pebbles 1966 (Movie)

Jameson (Actor)

Toys in the Attic 1963 (Movie)

Cyrus Warkins (Actor)

Cattle King 1962 (Movie)

President Chester A Arthur (Actor)

Ada 1961 (Movie)

Joe Adams (Actor)

The Hoodlum Priest 1961 (Movie)

Louis Rosen (Actor)

The Spiral Road 1961 (Movie)

Dr Kramer (Actor)

The Young Savages 1961 (Movie)

Randolph (Actor)

Underworld, U.S.A. 1961 (Movie)

Driscoll (Actor)

One Foot in Hell 1960 (Movie)

Doc Seltzer (Actor)

The Great Impostor 1960 (Movie)

Cardinal (Actor)

The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker 1959 (Movie)

Reverend Dr Fielding (Actor)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1958 (Movie)

Dr Baugh (Actor)

Some Came Running 1958 (Movie)

Professor Robert Haven French (Actor)

Jeanne Eagels 1957 (Movie)

Al Brooks (Actor)

The Brothers Rico 1957 (Movie)

Sid Kubik (Actor)

The Strange One 1957 (Movie)

Major Avery (Actor)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956 (Movie)

Dr Dan Kauffman (Actor)

The Girl Rush 1955 (Movie)

Hap Halliday (Actor)

Take Me to Town 1953 (Movie)

Ed Daggett (Actor)

Aloha Means Goodbye (TV Show)

Actor

Pueblo (TV Show)

Actor

The Henderson Monster (TV Show)

Actor

The Missiles of October (TV Show)

Actor

The School For Scandal (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

American character actor Larry Gates got his proverbial break late in his career, and is best known for his roles on the soap "Guiding Light" and in the film "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. " After appearing on stage and on screen for several years he was "discovered" in a 1956 version of the Broadway show "Bell, Book and Candle." He also had a prominent role in the sci-fi classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," which also came out in '56, and subsequently had a long and successful career in supporting screen roles. His most prominent film role came in the 1958 Tennessee Williams adaptation "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," playing Dr. Baugh. He appeared in Samuel Fuller's exploitation noir "Underworld U.S.A.," the Lillian Hellman classic "Toys in the Attic," and Italian Mafia crime drama "Lucky Luciano," playing a judge. He could also be seen playing a landowner in Norman Jewison's racially charged "In the Heat of the Night" and was in the Frank Sinatra vehicle "Some Came Running." On TV Gates played an enormous range of roles, including multiple appearances on the true-crime drama "The F.B.I." and President Herbert Hoover in the miniseries "Backstairs at the White House." He was most recognizable, however, for his long-term part as H.B. Lewis on "Guiding Light," a role he continued until his death in 1996.

Relationships

Judith Gates

Wife
survived him

Ursula Wassberg

Sister
survived him

EDUCATION

University of Minnesota at Minneapolis St Paul

St Paul, Minnesota
performed in student productions

Milestones

1981

Performed "King Lear" for the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Cleveland, OH

1975

Appeared as Polonius in the New York Shakespeare Festival

1953

Performed in Peter Ustinov's "Love of Four Colonels" again with Harrison and Palmer

1952

Regular on CBS daytime drama "Guiding Light"

1951

Appeared in "Bell, Book and Candle" on Broadway with Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer

1939

New York debut in "Speak of the Devil"

1938

Moved to New York to become an actor

Toured with the Margaret Webster Shakespeare Company

Served in the US Army

Bonus Trivia

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Nominated for a Tony Award in 1964 for Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Drama) for "A Case of Libel."

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