Alan Bates was the son of Harold Bates, an insurance broker, and of Florence Wheatcroft Bates, and was the eldest of three brothers. His parents were amateur musicians and encouraged him to become a pianist, but by the age of eleven he had decided to be an actor.…more
In 2002, Alan won a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for the movie Gosford Park.
Alan has been nominated for four Golden Globes. In 1967, he was nominated for both Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy and Most Promising Newcomer - Male for Georgy Girl. In 1968, he was nominated for Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama for Far From The Madding Crowd. In 1969, he was nominated for Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama for
In 1969, Alan was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Fixer.