Alan Bates

February 12, 2009 by: admin

Alan BatesBiography
Sir Alan Bates (1934-2003) was an exceptionally versatile and talented actor. After his national service in the Royal Air Force, he won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, where his contemporaries included Albert Finney and Peter O’Toole. When he graduated, three years later, he began his professional stage career with the Midlands Theatre Company.

In 1956 he became one of the founder members of George Devine’s English Stage Company at the Royal Court in London. He was in plays by Angus Wilson, Arthur Miller, Nigel Dennis and Wycherley, but it was his appearances in Osborne’s ground-breaking play Look Back In Anger (1956) that brought Bates his first great success. It was a part he was to play, with intervals for almost two years, including a Broadway run and a Moscow tour. In 1960, he played Mick in Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker with a memorable smiling menace that intimidated Donald Pleasance

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