Alan Bates

Sir
Alan Bates
CBE
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Bates in 1975
BornAlan Arthur Bates
(1934-02-17)17 February 1934
Allestree, Derby, England
Died27 December 2003(2003-12-27) (aged 69)
Westminster, London, England
Cause of deathPancreatic cancer, stroke
NationalityBritish
EducationRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
OccupationActor
Years active1956–2003
Spouse(s)Victoria Ward
(m. 1970; d. 1992)

Sir Alan Arthur Bates (17 February 1934 - 27 December 2003) was a British actor.[1] He was born in Allestree, Derbyshire.

Bates starred in many movies, including: Zorba the Greek, Georgy Girl, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Fixer, The Go-Between, Women in Love, An Unmarried Woman and The Rose. He also acted on stage and television.

Bates was a closeted bisexual.[2] He was married to actress Victoria Ward (1939-1992) from 1970 until her death. They had twin sons: Tristan (1971-1990) and actor Benedick Bates (born 1971). Bates died of pancreatic cancer in London.

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