Life and career
His most famous role was that of Basil in Zorba, when he starred opposite Anthony Quinn. 1963 Lee Remick was his partner in The second man and 1985, he starred opposite James Mason and Greta Scacchi in the TV movie Dr. Fischer of Geneva. He also starred in, among other things ... how the wind blows, a man like Job, Women in Love, Hamlet, The Demon Mr. Frost, The Rose and Gosford Park. The premiere of his last film Spartacus in 2004, he did not live, because he was a few months ago died of pancreatic cancer.
For a man like Job, 1969, he was honored with an Academy Award nomination for best leading role ( continued to operate Dirk Bogarde and David Warner with ).
He was married to British actress Victoria Ward from 1970 until her death in 1992. In 1971, the twins Benedick and Tristan were born. Tristan died in 1990 of an asthma attack.
Bates was appointed in 1996 Commander of the British Empire ( CBE) and knighted in 2003 ( KBE).