Michael Bates

Actor
The years 1971 and 1972 provided Michael Bates with the unique honor of working with Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock on two consecutive projects. The memorable energy of his performances may indicate what attracted ... Read more »
Born: 12/04/1920 in India

Filmography

Actor (21)

JIMI: All Is By My Side 2014 (Movie)

PC Westerly (Actor)

Primeval 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tilt 1979 (Movie)

Cattleman's Son (Actor)

Gulliver's Travels 1977 (Movie)

(Voice)

The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones 1975 (Movie)

Madman (Actor)

A Clockwork Orange 1971 (Movie)

Chief Guard (Actor)

Frenzy 1971 (Movie)

Sergeant Spearman (Actor)

The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer 1970 (Movie)

Mrs Spimm (Actor)

Battle of Britain 1969 (Movie)

Warrant Officer Warrick (Actor)

Every Home Should Have One 1969 (Movie)

Magistrate (Actor)

Oh! What A Lovely War 1969 (Movie)

Drunken Lance Corporal (Actor)

Patton 1969 (Movie)

Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery (Actor)

The Engagement 1969 (Movie)

Cartwright (Actor)

Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River 1968 (Movie)

Dr Spink (Actor)

Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush 1968 (Movie)

Mr McGregor (Actor)

Salt and Pepper 1968 (Movie)

Inspector Crabbe (Actor)

Bedazzled 1967 (Movie)

Inspector Clarke (Actor)

I'm All Right Jack 1959 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dunkirk 1958 (Movie)

Froome (Actor)

Carrington V.C. 1955 (Movie)

Major Broke-Smith (Actor)

Aristocrats (TV Show)

Actor
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

The Velveteen Rabbit (TV Show)

Inbetweener
Other (1)

Richard III 1995 (Movie)

(Carpenter)

Biography

The years 1971 and 1972 provided Michael Bates with the unique honor of working with Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock on two consecutive projects. The memorable energy of his performances may indicate what attracted the two master directors to him. Anyone who has seen 1971's "A Clockwork Orange" will recall Bates' cartoonish authoritarian Chief Guard barking orders at the imprisoned Malcolm McDowell, always referring to him by his prisoner number--"Six double-five three two one!" He had used this militaristic quality of his comportment to a brilliant effect one year previous in Franklin J. Schaffner's Best-Picture winning "Patton." He played Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery opposite George C. Scott's General George S. Patton. It almost seems to be the role Bates was meant to play, not least because he bears a truly astonishing resemblance to the Field Marshal. Bates himself had served as a Major in World War II, where he was stationed in Burma. Following his discharge, he became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1948 until 1953, the year that marks his first screen role in the television series "The Teckman Biography." He alternated between film and television productions throughout the remainder of his career, seeing the bulk of his work in the 1960s and '70s. He appeared in Hitchcock's thrilling penultimate film "Frenzy" in 1972.

EDUCATION

University of Cambridge

Cambridge , England

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