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Alan Bates

  • British actor
  • Born February 17, 1934
  • Died December 27, 2003

Sir Alan Arthur Bates, (17 February 1934 – 27 December 2003) was an English actor who came to prominence in the 1960s, when he appeared in films ranging from the popular children's story Whistle Down the Wind to the "kitchen sink" drama A Kind of Loving. He is also known for his performance with Anthony Quinn in Zorba the Greek, as well as his roles in King of Hearts, Georgy Girl, Far From the Madding Crowd and The Fixer, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In 1969, he starred in the Ken Russell film Women in Love with Oliver Reed and Glenda Jackson.


You can't always go by the book, even in comedy.




An emotional performance is usually more instinctive to an actor.




People ask, how do you cope, and all I can say is that you do.




I've never believed much in that holding hands kind of love. I've always thought that love is about two different personalities trying to confront life, trying to make sense of their responsibilities, to themselves, to each other, and to the wider society.




I have always tried to work according to what affects me, to a script that I like because it touches me in some way, without deliberately pursuing a commercial career or a particular image.




No film should try to follow a trend, and do what film people think the public wants. There's no such thing as knowing what the public wants.




I do believe in living out your own time, unless it's absolutely impossible, which it is for some people.




I think actors are privileged. Acting feeds you.




I think that can happen, that two people can love each other and not be able to get on at all.




Occasionally I do things against my inner voice, but you really should go for the thing that touches you most-even if you don't quite know why it does.




You've got to have steel in you somewhere.




You can time a part perfectly and play it badly. And some people have very individual offbeat timing, which is their own. It works simply because they are who they are.



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