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A distinguished British actor of stage and screen, Alan Bates was born in Allestree, Derby, England, on Feb. 17, 1934, and raised by amateur musicians. After attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art on scholarship, he wowed London audiences playing Cliff in the West End production of "Look Back in Anger," a role he re-created on Broadway.

Bates made his film debut in 1960's "The Entertainer" and earned an Oscar nod for his portrayal of a wrongly imprisoned Russian Jew in The Fixer (1968). He won notoriety of a different sort the following year for wrestling in the nude with fellow actor Oliver Reed in Women in Love, considered one of the first mainstream films to include frontal male nudity.

Later in life, Bates appeared as a butler in Robert Altman's Gosford Park (2001). He died at age 69 on Dec. 27, 2003, before the debut of his final role in a televised adaptation of Spartacus.

Alan Bates in The Rose

The Rose

1979 R

Bette Midler astounds audiences with her electric performance as Rose, a rock-and-roll diva oozing with talent. Her Svengali-like manager, Rudge (Alan Bates), runs her life and forces her to tour constantly -- though alcohol and drugs seem to be Rose's true masters. Only her boyfriend, Dyer (Frederic Forrest), and her music give her any semblance of joy. But is that enough?

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