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Granville Bates

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Biography

Chicago, Illinois, USA
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). Read more...

Actor

Character: Henry McGrath

Midnight 1934

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Character: Van Ellyn

The Plainsman 1936

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Character: Detective Pindar

They Won't Forget 1937

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Character: Mr. Gebhart

Mannequin 1937

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Character: Jake - Bar Proprietor

The Great O'Malley 1937

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Character: Bradford - Banker

Wells Fargo 1937

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Character: Hooker - Garage Owner

The Perfect Specimen 1937

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Character: Taft Election Announcer

The Sisters 1938

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Character: Second Man on Plane

The Shining Hour 1938

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Character: Judge Harkness

Hard to Get 1938

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Character: H.E. Crocker

Next Time I Marry 1938

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Character: Judge Kennith B. Walters, Superior Court

Naughty But Nice 1939

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Character: Professor Berg

The Mortal Storm 1940

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Character: Pattonsville Superintendent

Brother Orchid 1940

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Character: Charles Hammond / Shylock

Flowing Gold 1940

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Character: George Sykes

A Man to Remember 1938

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