British actor SIR Alan Bates has lost his long battle with cancer at the
age of 69.
The Derbyshire-born star, who was nominated for an OSCAR for his
performance in THE FIXER, passed away at a London hospital last night
Sir Alan studied drama at the prestigious London school ROYAL ACADEMY OF
DRAMATIC ARTS (RADA), before beginning his acting career on the stage.
The Englishman made his big screen debut opposite SIR Laurence Olivier in
THE ENTERTAINER in 1960.
During his 43-year career, Sir Alan received four BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM
AND TELEVISION ARTS (BAFTA) nominations, including one win for TV drama AN
ENGLISHMAN ABROAD in 1983.
The actor recently filmed scenes for TV mini series SPARTACUS alongside ER
star Goran Visnjic.
One of his most memorable performances was wrestling naked with OLIVER
REED in a film adaptation of DH LAWRENCE's classic novel WOMEN IN LOVE.
The GOSFORD PARK star is survived by his son BENEDICK, whose twin TRISTAN
died from an asthma attack in 1990. Sir Alan's wife VICTORIA WARD passed away