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Name Michael Bates
Role Bearer Rangi Ram
Date Of Birth December 4th , 1920
Place Of Birth Jhansi , Uttar Pradesh , India
Date of Death January 11th , 1978
Place Of Death Camebridge , England


Michael Bates (December 4, 1920 – January 11, 1978) was a British actor born in Jhansi, India (now in Uttar Pradesh). 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 blacked-up to look like an Indian,though his defence was 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. Bates' film roles include Battle of Britain as Warrant Officer Warwick, Patton as Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery (to whom he bore a striking resemblance), Frenzy by Alfred Hitchcock, and the Stanley Kubrick film A Clockwork Orange. 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.


Actor Credits

  • It Ain't Half Hot Mum - Rangi Ram (1974-1977)
  • Gulliver's Travels - (Voice) (1977)
  • Honey - Reg Forrester (tv-movie, 1977)
  • The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones - Mad man (1976)
  • Last of the Summer Wine - Cyril Blamire (14 Episodes , 1973-1975) (tv-movie)
  • Lulu - (Unknown, 1975) (tv-movie)
  • This Is Your Life - Himself (Michael Bates, 1975) (tv-series)
  • Fall of Eagles - Von Ludendorff (Mini-series, 1974)
  • Thirty-Minute Theatre - Unknown (Episode , Kamikaze In A Coffee Bath, 1973) (tv-series)
  • No Sex Please: We're British - Mr. Needham (1973)
  • The Stone Tape - Eddie Holmes (tv-movie, 1972)
  • Public Eye - George (Episode , Horse and Carriage , 1972) (tv-series)
  • ITV Saturday Night Theatre - Reginald Todd (Episode , Madly in Love , 1972) (tv-series)
  • The Man Outside - Griffen (Episode , Eric , 1972) (tv-series)
  • Frenzy - Brigadier Spearman (1972)
  • Turnbull's Finest Half-Hour - Maj. Clifford Turnbull ( 1972 , tv-series)
  • A Clockwork Orange - Chief Guard (1971)
  • The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes - Kolonel Sandstream (Ep. , The Assyrian rejuvenator , 1971) (tv-series)
  • Jason King - Edward (Episode , Easy as A.B.C. , 1971) (tv-series)
  • Play for Today - Arthur (Episode , The Foxtrot , 1971) (tv-series)
  • Mr. Digby Darling - Norman Stanhope (1969-1971) (tv-series)
  • Six Dates with Barker - Gasworks Employee (Episode , 1971: Come in and Lie Down) (tv-series)
  • Man at the Top - Tom Binsey (Episode , Too Good for This World , 1971) (tv-series)
  • The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer - Mr. Spimm (1970)
  • Thirty-Minute Theatre - Unknown (Episode , All My Own Army , 1970) (tv-series)
  • Menace - Commissioner Shepherd (Episode , Man with a Mission , 1970) (tv-series)
  • Oh in Colour - Himself (Episode , 1.4 , 1970) (tv-series)
  • Ryan International - Unknown (Episode , Dragon's Teeth, 1970) (tv-series)
  • Every Home Should Have One - Legal Officer(1970)
  • All My Own Army - Unknown (1970) (tv-series)
  • The Engagement - Eustace Cartwright (1970)
  • Patton - Field Marshall Sir Bernard Law Montgomery (1970)
  • Battle of Britain - Adjudant Warwick (1969)
  • The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder - Lal Punjabi (Episode , Sheer Melodrama , 1969) (tv-series)
  • ITV Saturday Night Theatre - Fred (Episode , Cornelius , 1969) (tv-series)
  • The Wednesday Play - Joe (Episode , Sling Your Hook , 1969) (tv-series)
  • Oh! What a Lovely War - Drunk Corporal (1969)
  • Hammerhead - Andreas/Sir Richard (1968)
  • Salt and Pepper - Inspector Crabbe (1968)
  • Stiff Upper Lip - Antrobus (tv-movie, 1968)
  • ITV Playhouse - Mr. Ambekar (Episode , The Brahmin Widow , 1968) (tv-series)
  • Man in a Suitcase - Delacroix (Afl., Blind Spot, 1968) (tv-series)
  • Murder: A Professional Job - H. Radcliff (tv-movie , 1968)
  • Bedazzled - Inspector Reg Clarke (1967)
  • Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River - Dr. Spink (1967)
  • Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush - Mr. McGregor (1967)
  • The Wednesday Play - Tommy (Episode , Photo Finish , 1966) (tv-series)
  • Mr. John Jorrocks - Duke Of Donkeyton (8 Episodes , 1966) (tv-series)
  • Theatre 625 - Shpichelsky (Episode , A Month in the Country , 1966) (tv-series)
  • The Wednesday Play - Mike MacFarland (Episode , Macready's Gala , 1966) (tv-series)
  • Play of the Month - Professor Godbole (Episode , Passage to India , 1965) (tv-series)
  • Cluff - Inspector Mole (Episode , The Village Constable , 1965) (tv-series)
  • The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling - The Admi (Episode , Mark of the Beast , 1964) (tv-series)
  • The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling - Khem Singh (Episode , On the City Wall , 1964) (tv-series)
  • The Saint - Joe (Episode , The Fellow Traveller , 1963) (tv-series)
  • No Hiding Place - Alec Peters (Episode , Three Small Bones , 1960) (tv-series)
  • The Four Just Men - Corporal Bates (Episode , The Deserter , 1959) (tv-series)
  • I'm All Right Jack - Bootle (1959)
  • Ivanhoe - Will (Episode , The Raven , 1958) (tv-series)
  • BBC Sunday Night Theatre - Starving Man (Episode , A Midsummer Night's Dream , 1958) (tv-series)
  • Dixon of Dock Green - Jimmy (Episode , A Little Bit of Luck , 1958) (tv-series)
  • Dunkirk - Froome (1958)
  • The Life of Henry V - Bardolph (tv-movie, 1957)
  • ITV Television Playhouse - Captain Alan Gerard (Episode , Quay South , 1955) (tv-series)
  • Carrington V.C. - Major A.T.M. Broke-Smith (1955)
  • The Stratford Adventure - Himself (1954)