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Ralph Bates (12 February 1940 – 27 March 1991) was an English film and television actor, known for his role in the British sitcom Dear John and for being one of Hammer Horror's best-known actors from the latter period of the company.Bates was born in Bristol, England, of French ancestry (he was the great-great-nephew of French scientist Louis Pasteur) and educated at Trinity College Dublin. He read French there, before winning a scholarship to Yale Drama School. The course completed, Bates returned to Ireland to make his stage debut in Shaw's You Never Can Tell at The Gate Theatre, Dublin, in 1963. A career in repertory theatre soon followed and the young actor gained experience in productions ranging from Hedda Gabler to raucous comedies.Later, Bates carved a niche in the world of horror films and played important roles or the lead in several Hammer Horror productions, such as Taste the Blood of Dracula, The Horror of Frankenstein, Lust for a Vampire, and Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, in which he played a deranged doctor who mistakenly transforms himself into a beautiful siren.He portrayed Caligula in the series The Caesars and alongside Cyd Hayman in a passionate French tale of murder and mystery - Crime of Passion series. After playing Thomas Culpeper in an episode of The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970), he went on to star in the BBC drama series, Moonbase 3 (1973) and the long-running Poldark, in which he played villainous George Warleggan. The series ran for 29 episodes, starting in 1975. He also played communist Paul Vercors in the final season of the drama series Secret Army. Because of his French ancestry and dark looks, he was often chosen to play a Frenchman on television, as for instance in a second series episode of ITV comedy drama Turtle's Progress. Bates also appeared in the television movie Minder on the Orient Express, again as a Frenchman.It looked, for some time, as if he might remain typecast in sinister roles, but he was offered a part in a farcical comedy by the writer John Sullivan, which saw Bates as the loveable but loveless central character among a singles group, with each of its members looking for that perfect but ever elusive partner. Dear John (1986–87), in which he realistically played the part of a divorcé returning to single life, lasted for two series, and around the same time he appeared in the ITV Yorkshire Television sitcom Farrington of the F.O. (1986) with Angela Thorne and Joan Sims.Bates became ill and was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and died in London at age 51 from the disease. He was divorced from the actress Joanna Van Gyseghem, and survived by his second wife, the actress Virginia Wetherell (married 1973-1991). The couple had one daughter, actress Daisy Bates (b. 1974), and a son William Bates (b. 1977), an actor & musician. Wikipedia

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Birth date: February 12, 1940, Bristol, United Kingdom
Death date: March 27, 1991, London, United Kingdom
Birth place: Bristol, England, UK
Education:Yale School of Drama
Spouse:Virginia Wetherell (m. 1973–1991), Joanna Van Gyseghem (m. ?–1973)
Children:Daisy Bates, Will Bates

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1He appeared in all three films directed by Jimmy Sangster: The Horror of Frankenstein (1970), Lust for a Vampire (1971) and Fear in the Night (1972).
2Lust for a Vampire (1971) was his least favourite film of his own. He once described it as "one of the worst films ever made.".
3He was considered for the roles of Dr. Armstong, Dr. Bukovsky and Roger Derebridge in Lifeforce (1985).
4Guitarist Steve Hackett was a friend of Bates' and wrote the piece "Second Chance" for him, which appeared on Hackett's 1983 album "Bay of Kings".
5The Ralph Bates Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund was set up in January 1992 following his death. The main objective is to provide grants for research into pancreatic cancer at St George's University of London. Wife Virginia is active in raising money for the fund.
6According to his widow Virginia he was appearing in a West End stage production with a movie lined up for the autumn when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died exactly ten weeks and one day later.
7Met his first wife, actress Joanna Van Gyseghem, while studying drama at Trinity College Dublin.
8Father of the actor Will Bates, who played his character John's screen son, in "Dear John".
9Father of the actress Daisy Bates.
10He was the great-great-nephew of the French scientist Louis Pasteur.



King of the Wind1990LeDuc
Screen Two1989TV SeriesEd
Dear John1986-1987TV SeriesJohn Lacey
Farrington of the F.O.1987TV SeriesJames Mapley
Les louves1986TV MovieBernard
Minder1985TV SeriesFrançois LeBlanc
The Odd Job Man1984TV SeriesMajor Drew
Storyboard1983TV SeriesJonathan Burridge
The Gentle Touch1983TV SeriesWally Tate
Panorama1982TV Series documentaryTarnowski
The Agatha Christie Hour1982TV SeriesVincent Easton
Tales of the Unexpected1982TV SeriesPaul Foster
BBC2 Playhouse1981TV SeriesMr. Reinhardt
The House on the Hill1981TV SeriesRupert Douglas
Second Chance1981TV SeriesChris Hurst
Secret Army1979TV SeriesPaul Vercors
Penmarric1979TV SeriesLaurence Castallack
Turtle's Progress1979TV SeriesPierre Sablon
Crown Court1975-1978TV SeriesGeorge Ross / Richard Hanson / Tony Mills
A Woman's Place?1978TV SeriesDerek
Poldark1975-1977TV SeriesGeorge Warleggan
Here I Stand...1977TV SeriesFawcett
Softly Softly: Task Force1976TV SeriesPierre Mandel
Forget Me Not1976TV SeriesHenri Teliot
Dangerous Knowledge1976TV SeriesSanders
Thriller1975TV SeriesMichael Spencer
Z Cars1975TV SeriesRoy Hurst
Sharon's Baby1975Gino Carlesi
Persecution1974David Masters
The Protectors1973TV SeriesDavid Lee
Moonbase 31973TV Mini-SeriesDr. Michel Lebrun
A Picture of Katherine Mansfield1973TV SeriesRobert
Fear in the Night1972Robert Heller
Crime of Passion1972TV SeriesGuy
Love Story1972TV SeriesPurves
The Persuaders!1972TV SeriesMichel
Play for Today1971TV SeriesPeter
Jason King1971TV SeriesAlan Keeble
Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde1971Dr. Henry Jekyll
The Ten Commandments1971TV SeriesLouis Briquet
Lust for a Vampire1971Giles Barton
Grady1970TV SeriesJoe Larson
The Horror of Frankenstein1970Victor Frankenstein
Taste the Blood of Dracula1970Lord Courtley
The Woodlanders1970TV SeriesEdred Fitzpiers
Kate1970TV SeriesRichard Best
Wicked Women1970TV SeriesLouis Staunton
ITV Playhouse1968-1970TV SeriesBrian / Commandant Lallin / Paddy / ...
The Six Wives of Henry VIII1970TV Mini-SeriesThomas Culpepper
Happy Ever After1969TV SeriesRoss
The Inside Man1969TV SeriesJaroslav Cernak
The Caesars1968TV Mini-SeriesCaligula
The Wednesday Play1968TV SeriesAlistair Gorringe
Crime Buster1968TV SeriesDecre
The ITV Play1968TV SeriesCafe Royal worker
Boy Meets Girl1967TV SeriesMustafa
ITV Play of the Week1967TV SeriesIrving Macher / Ted Howells
Conflict1967TV SeriesMichael Cassio
Mrs Thursday1967TV SeriesWindow Dresser
Broad and Narrow1965TV Series



Comic Relief1988TV SpecialHimself
It's Childsplay1976TV SeriesHimself

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A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss2010TV Mini-Series documentaryDr. Jekyll
The Cult of...2008TV Series documentaryGeorge Warleggan
The World of Hammer1994TV Series documentaryVictor Frankenstein Dr. Jekyll Giles Barton
Frankenstein: A Cinematic Scrapbook1991DocumentaryVictor Frankenstein

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