Larry Gates was an American stage and film actor. He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on 24 September, 1915. Gates started as a stage actor but didn't really find success until his late 30s. He appeared in Broadway productions of The Teahouse of the August Moon; Bell Book and Candle, with Rex Harrison; A Case of Libel, for which he received a Tony Award nomination; Hamlet; and Poor Murderer. Gates played Dr. Baugh in the film version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1958, along with Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. Other films included One Foot in Hell, The Great Impostor, In the Heat of the Night, and Guns of Wyoming. Gates also had a successful television career, with roles in Rawhide, 12 O'Clock High, Route 66, and a long running role in The F.B.I. Gates played Lewis in the soap-opera Guiding Light from 1983 to 1996, winning an Emmy for his performance in 1985. He died of leukaemia on 12 December, 1996, aged 81.