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Michael Hammond Bates was an Indian-born English actor. He was educated at Uppingham School in Rutland and St Catharine's College, Cambridge.

Bates served as a Major serving with the Brigade of Gurkhas in Burma before his discharge at the end of World War II. In 1953, while an ensemble member with the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, he appeared in Richard III and All's Well That End's Well. In 1956 he appeared in Hotel Paradiso which starred Alec Guinness, at the Winter Garden Theatre in London.

He appeared in many UK television series including Last of the Summer Wine from 1973 to 1975 as Cyril Blamire and It Ain't Half Hot Mum from 1974 to 1977 as Rangi Ram, as well as many others. His role as Rangi Ram caused some controversy as it required Bates to be made-up with fake tan to look like an Indian, which he took to naturally as he was born in India and spoke the Hindi language fluently. On radio he played a variety of characters in the BBC's long-running comedy series The Navy Lark. These were: Able Seaman Ginger, Lt. Bates, Rear Admiral Ironbridge, the Padre and Captain Ignatius Aloysius Atchison.

Bates' film roles include Battle of Britain (1969) as Warrant Officer Warwick, Oh! What a Lovely War (1969) as a Lance-corporal, Patton (1970) as Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery (to whom he bore a striking resemblance), Frenzy (1972) by Alfred Hitchcock, and the Stanley Kubrick film A Clockwork Orange (1971). On stage, he did Shakespeare at Stratford and the Old Vic and made a big impression as Inspector Truscott in the West End production of Loot by Joe Orton in 1966. He died of cancer in Cambridge, aged 57.

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​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Michael Hammond Bates was an Indian-born English actor. He was educated at Uppingham School in Rutland and St Catharine's College, Cambridge.

Bates served as a Major serving with the Brigade of Gurkhas in Burma before his discharge at the end of World War II. In 1953, while an ensemble member with the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, he appeared in Richard III and All's Well That End's Well. In 1956 he appeared in Hotel Paradiso which starred Alec Guinness, at the Winter Garden Theatre in London.

He appeared in many UK television series including Last of the Summer Wine from 1973 to 1975 as Cyril Blamire and It Ain't Half Hot Mum from 1974 to 1977 as Rangi Ram, as well as many others. His role as Rangi Ram caused some controversy as it required Bates to be made-up with fake tan to look like an Indian, which he took to naturally as he was born in India and spoke the Hindi language fluently. On radio he played a variety of characters in the BBC's long-running comedy series The Navy Lark. These were: Able Seaman Ginger, Lt. Bates, Rear Admiral Ironbridge, the Padre and Captain Ignatius Aloysius Atchison.

Bates' film roles include Battle of Britain (1969) as Warrant Officer Warwick, Oh! What a Lovely War (1969) as a Lance-corporal, Patton (1970) as Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery (to whom he bore a striking resemblance), Frenzy (1972) by Alfred Hitchcock, and the Stanley Kubrick film A Clockwork Orange (1971). On stage, he did Shakespeare at Stratford and the Old Vic and made a big impression as Inspector Truscott in the West End production of Loot by Joe Orton in 1966. He died of cancer in Cambridge, aged 57.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Michael Bates (actor), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 29

Birthday 1920-12-04

Day of Death 1978-01-11

Place of Birth Jhansi, British India (now Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, India)

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Also Known As

  • Michael Hammond Bates

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1976 The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones
1974 Fall of Eagles (1 episode) (13 episodes) as Von Ludendorff
1974 It Ain't Half Hot Mum (57 episodes) as Rangi Ram
1973 Last of the Summer Wine (211 episodes) as Cyril Blamire
1973 No Sex Please: We're British as Mr. Needham
1972 The Stone Tape (0 episodes) as Eddie Holmes
1971 A Clockwork Orange as Chief Guard
1971 The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1 episode)
1971 Jason King (1 episode)
1971 The Foxtrot as Arthur
1971 Six Dates with Barker (1 episode)
1970 Every Home Should Have One as Magistrate as Judge
1970 Patton as Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery
1969 Battle of Britain as Warrant Officer Warwick
1969 Oh! What a Lovely War as Drunk Lance Corporal
1968 Hammerhead as Andreas / Sir Richard
1968 Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River as Dr. Spink
1968 Salt and Pepper as Inspector Crabbe
1968 Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush as Mr. McGregor
1967 Bedazzled as Inspector Clarke
1967 Man in a Suitcase (1 episode)
1965 Play of the Month (1 episode)
1964 Cluff (20 episodes)
1963 The Dick Emery Show (157 episodes)
1962 The Saint (1 episode)
1959 No Hiding Place (1 episode)
1958 Dunkirk as Froome
1958 Ivanhoe (1 episode)

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