Granville Bates Biography

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois
Wiki Biography: Balding, worried-looking character actor of the 1930's with a strong line in lawyers, judges, sheriffs, mayors and storekeepers. Could play choleric or obtuse. Had a career in dramatic plays on Broadway from 1925 to 1935. In films from 1929. Well-received performance in The Great Man Votes (1939) as a corrupt, incompetent mayor. Best performance towards the end of his life as the bewildered judge in My Favorite Wife (1940). Bosley Crowther (May 31) considered his performance a 'masterpiece of comic creation'. That same year, Bates stood out in the otherwise forgettable Men Against the Sky (1940). He died soon afterward of a heart attack.

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Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Plainsman 1936 History, Romance
Waikiki Wedding 1937 Comedy, Musical, Romance
A Man to Remember 1938
Twelve Crowded Hours 1939 Action, Adventure, Crime
The Mortal Storm 1940 Drama
Private Affairs 1940 Romance, Comedy