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Birth information

5 July 1928 Depoy, Kentucky, USA

Death information

3 April 1982 Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Warren Mercer Oates

How tall is Warren Oates?

1.81 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Judy A. Jones
Vickery Turner
Teddy Louise Farmer
Roberta (Bobbie) Ellis

Life Story of Warren Oates

Warren Oates was an American character actor of the 1960s and 1970s and early 1980s whose distinctive style and intensity brought him to offbeat leading roles.

Oates was born in Depoy, a very small Kentucky town. He was the son of Sarah Alice (Mercer) and Bayless Earle Oates, a general store owner. He attended high school in Louisville, continuing on to the University of Louisville and military service with the U.S. Marines.

In college he became interested in the theatre and in 1954 headed for New York to make his mark as an actor. However, his first real job in television was, as it had been for James Dean before him, testing the contest gags on the game show Beat the Clock (1950). He did numerous menial jobs while auditioning, including serving as the hat-check man at the nightclub "21".

By 1957 he had begun appearing in live dramas such as Studio One in Hollywood (1948), but Oates' rural drawl seemed more fitted for the Westerns that were proliferating on the big screen at the time, so he moved to Hollywood and immediately stared getting steady work as an increasingly prominent supporting player, often as either craven or vicious types. With...

Significant features of Warren Oates

Often played violent-tempered, prideful characters
Distinctive, squarish mug
Raspy but loud voice
Often played sweaty, conflicted men who are proved to be unreliable
A slight upturned...

Publications and Magazines about Warren Oates

Compo, Susan Warren Oates: A WIld Life. 2009

Biographical movies about Warren Oates

Warren Oates: Across the Border 1993

What movies did Warren Oates play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Tales of the Unexpected (1985) Harry, Tough Enough (1983) James Neese, Blue Thunder (1983) Capt. Jack Braddock, The Blue and the Gray (1982) Preacher / Maj. Welles, The Border (1982) Red, Stripes (1981) Sgt. Hulka, East of Eden (1981) Cyrus Trask, Baby Comes Home (1980) Michael Kramer, Insight (1979) Dan, 1941 (1979) Col. 'Madman' Maddox, My Old Man (1979) Frank Butler, And Baby Makes Six (1979) Michael Kramer, The Brink's Job (1978) Specs O'Keefe, China 9, Liberty 37 (1978) Matthew, True Grit: A Further Adventure (1978) Reuben J. 'Rooster' Cogburn, Police...

Birth information

5 July 1928 Depoy, Kentucky, USA

Death information

3 April 1982 Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Warren Mercer Oates

How tall is Warren Oates?

1.81 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Judy A. Jones
Vickery Turner
Teddy Louise Farmer
Roberta (Bobbie) Ellis

Life Story of Warren Oates

Warren Oates was an American character actor of the 1960s and 1970s and early 1980s whose distinctive style and intensity brought him to offbeat leading roles.

Oates was born in Depoy, a very small Kentucky town. He was the son of Sarah Alice (Mercer) and Bayless Earle Oates, a general store owner. He attended high school in Louisville, continuing on to the University of Louisville and military service with the U.S. Marines.

In college he became interested in the theatre and in 1954 headed for New York to make his mark as an actor. However, his first real job in television was, as it had been for James Dean before him, testing the contest gags on the game show Beat the Clock (1950). He did numerous menial jobs while auditioning, including serving as the hat-check man at the nightclub "21".

By 1957 he had begun appearing in live dramas such as Studio One in Hollywood (1948), but Oates' rural drawl seemed more fitted for the Westerns that were proliferating on the big screen at the time, so he moved to Hollywood and immediately stared getting steady work as an increasingly prominent supporting player, often as either craven or vicious types. With...

Significant features of Warren Oates

Often played violent-tempered, prideful characters
Distinctive, squarish mug
Raspy but loud voice
Often played sweaty, conflicted men who are proved to be unreliable
A slight upturned...

Publications and Magazines about Warren Oates

Compo, Susan Warren Oates: A WIld Life. 2009

Biographical movies about Warren Oates

Warren Oates: Across the Border 1993

What movies did Warren Oates play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Tales of the Unexpected (1985) Harry, Tough Enough (1983) James Neese, Blue Thunder (1983) Capt. Jack Braddock, The Blue and the Gray (1982) Preacher / Maj. Welles, The Border (1982) Red, Stripes (1981) Sgt. Hulka, East of Eden (1981) Cyrus Trask, Baby Comes Home (1980) Michael Kramer, Insight (1979) Dan, 1941 (1979) Col. 'Madman' Maddox, My Old Man (1979) Frank Butler, And Baby Makes Six (1979) Michael Kramer, The Brink's Job (1978) Specs O'Keefe, China 9, Liberty 37 (1978) Matthew, True Grit: A Further Adventure (1978) Reuben J. 'Rooster' Cogburn, Police...

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Warren Oates in Das Schießen (1966)

Sang in the backup chorus for "Rocket to Stardom" on Kris Kristofferson's 1975 album "Who's to Bless . . . Who's to Blame."

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Jack Nicholson, Warren Oates, and Millie Perkins in Das Schießen (1966)

The University of Louisville had a scholarship named after him for promising students in the arts programs.

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Jack Nicholson and Warren Oates in Das Schießen (1966)

Father of Jennifer Oates and Tim Oates.

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Jack Nicholson and Warren Oates in Das Schießen (1966)

Brother of Gordon Oates.

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Warren Oates in Das Schießen (1966)

In his long and prestigious career as one of the best character actors in film, he only had four leading roles: Bennie in "Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia", as well as the title roles in "Chandler", "Cockfighter", and "Dillinger". He got his first official lead role in "Garcia" as a gift from director Sam Peckinpah partly in appreciation for his work in two of his films, "Ride The High Country" and "The Wild Bunch", respectively, and because Oates had never been the star before.

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Warren Oates in Das Schießen (1966)

Turned down the lead role in Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) in order to make The Wild Bunch (1969).

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Warren Oates and Millie Perkins in Das Schießen (1966)

Died in his sleep of a sudden heart attack at his home while taking an afternoon nap. His autopsy revealed that he had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It also showed that he had chronic emphysema caused by many years of chain smoking, both on-and-off-camera, which no doubt contributed to his fatal heart attack. He had been ill with a case of influenza for about two weeks before his death.

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Will Hutchins, Warren Oates, and Millie Perkins in Das Schießen (1966)

Friends like Peter Fonda denied that illegal drugs had contributed to Oates' early death. They said he was a heavy drinker and a chain smoker, but not a major user of drugs.

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Warren Oates in Das Schießen (1966)

After his funeral, in accordance with Oates' wishes as part of his last will and testament, his body was cremated and his ashes were scattered at his ranch in Montana.

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Warren Oates in Das Schießen (1966)

He had been suffering from chest pains for six months before his death, but refused to see a doctor.

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Sidney Poitier and Warren Oates in In der Hitze der Nacht (1967)

He has appeared in five films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Ride the High Country (1962), In the Heat of the Night (1967), The Wild Bunch (1969), Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) and Badlands (1973).

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Warren Oates in In der Hitze der Nacht (1967)

In 1977 and 1978 played in television movies roles previously played by legends Humphrey Bogart and John Wayne in sequels to 'The African Queen ' and ' True Grit'.

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Anthony James and Warren Oates in In der Hitze der Nacht (1967)

In 1965 played twin brothers in the film 'The Shooting' and also on television in the series 'Branded'.

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Peter Falk, Paul Sorvino, Peter Boyle, Allen Garfield, Gerard Murphy, Kevin O'Connor, etc.

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Peter Fonda, Verna Bloom, Megan Denver, and Warren Oates in Der weite Ritt (1971)

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Warren Oates in Der weite Ritt (1971)

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Peter Fonda and Warren Oates in Der weite Ritt (1971)

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Peter Fonda and Warren Oates in Der weite Ritt (1971)

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Peter Fonda and Warren Oates in Der weite Ritt (1971)

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Peter Fonda and Warren Oates in 33 Grad im Schatten (1975)

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Peter Fonda and Warren Oates in 33 Grad im Schatten (1975)

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Peter Fonda, Harry Dean Stanton, and Warren Oates in 33 Grad im Schatten (1975)

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Warren Oates in 33 Grad im Schatten (1975)

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Warren Oates and Charles Willeford in Cockfighter (1974)

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Harry Dean Stanton, Warren Oates, and Richard B. Shull in Cockfighter (1974)

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Warren Oates in Cockfighter (1974)

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Warren Oates in Cockfighter (1974)

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Warren Oates in Cockfighter (1974)

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Warren Oates in Cockfighter (1974)

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Jenny Agutter and Warren Oates in Amore, piombo e furore (1978)

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Jenny Agutter and Warren Oates in Amore, piombo e furore (1978)

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Fabio Testi and Warren Oates in Amore, piombo e furore (1978)

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Peter Fonda and Warren Oates in 33 Grad im Schatten (1975)

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Timothy Bottoms, Louis Gossett Jr., etc.

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Timothy Bottoms, Louis Gossett Jr., etc.

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Timothy Bottoms, Louis Gossett Jr., etc.

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Timothy Bottoms, Louis Gossett Jr., etc.

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Louis Gossett Jr. and Warren Oates in Die weiße Dämmerung (1974)

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Timothy Bottoms, Louis Gossett Jr., etc.

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Leslie Caron and Warren Oates in Chandler (1971)

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Leslie Caron and Warren Oates in Chandler (1971)

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Warren Oates in Chandler (1971)

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