Actor Granville Bates

Granville Bates (January 7, 1882 – July 8, 1940) was an American character actor and bit player, appearing in over ninety films.

Biography

Bates was born in Chicago in 1882. He began his film career in the 1910s with Essanay Studios of the Chicago film industry. He appeared on Broadway in the late 1920s and early 1930s, notably in the original production of Merrily We Roll Along (1934) by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. He was also the Conductor in the original production of Twentieth Century (1932).

From the 1930s, he appeared in a number of classic films, although sometimes uncredited. He received favorable notice for his character roles, such as in My Favorite Wife (1940), where he played an irascible judge – The New York Times critic Bosley Crowther wrote “Mr. Bates deserves a separate mention for his masterpiece of comic creation.” Another New York Times reviewer noted that “Edward Ellis and Granville Bates provoked an early audience yesterday to gentle laughter in a brief but quietly amusing sequence” in Chatterbox (1936), while Crowther praised his work in Men Against the Sky (1940): “The players’ performances are stock and pedestrian, excepting that of Granville Bates as a cynical banker”. Bates died of a heart attack in 1940.

Selected filmography

  • Young Mother Hubbard (1917) – James
  • The Kill-Joy (1917) – The Crab
  • Jealousy (1929) – Lawyer
  • The Sap from Syracuse (1930) – Nycross
  • Honor Among Lovers (1931) – Clark
  • The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) – Bill Collector (uncredited)
  • The Wiser Sex (1932) – City Editor
  • Midnight (1934) – Henry McGrath
  • Woman in the Dark (1934) – Sheriff Grant
  • Woman Wanted (1935) – Casey (scenes deleted)
  • Pursuit (1935) – Auto Camp Proprietor
  • O’Shaughnessy’s Boy (1935) – Doctor
  • I Live My Life (1935) – Yacht Captain (uncredited)
  • Chatterbox (1936) – Philip Greene Sr
  • Here Comes Trouble (1936)
  • The Music Goes ‘Round (1936) – Political Speaker (uncredited)
  • 13 Hours by Air (1936) – Pop Andrews
  • Times Square Playboy (1936) – Mr. Mort Calhoun
  • Hearts Divided (1936) – Robert Livingston (uncredited)
  • Poppy (1936) – Mayor Farnsworth
  • The Captain’s Kid (1936) – Sheriff Pengast
  • The Plainsman (1936) – Van Ellyn
  • Sing Me a Love Song (1936) – Mr. Goodrich (uncredited)
  • Beloved Enemy (1936) – Ryan
  • Larceny on the Air (1937) – Prof. Rexford Sterling
  • Breezing Home (1937) – Head Politician (uncredited)
  • Green Light (1937) – Sheriff
  • The Great O’Malley (1937) – Jake – Bar Proprietor (uncredited)
  • When’s Your Birthday? (1937) – Judge O’Day
  • Nancy Steele Is Missing! (1937) – Joseph F.X. Flaherty
  • Waikiki Wedding (1937) – Uncle Herman
  • Let’s Get Married (1937) – Hank Keith
  • The Good Old Soak (1937) – Sam (uncredited)
  • Mountain Justice (1937) – Judge Crawley at Jeff’s Trial
  • Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) – Mr. Hunter (uncredited)
  • Wings over Honolulu (1937) – Grocery Clerk (uncredited)
  • They Won’t Forget (1937) – Detective Pindar
  • It Happened in Hollywood (1937) – Sam Bennett
  • Back in Circulation (1937) – Dr. Evans
  • The Perfect Specimen (1937) – Hooker – Garage Owner
  • Under Suspicion (1937) – K.Y. Mitchell
  • Mannequin (1937) – Mr. Gebhart (uncredited)
  • Wells Fargo (1937) – Bradford – Banker
  • The Buccaneer (1938) – Gentleman Wanting to Surrender (uncredited)
  • The Jury’s Secret (1938) – Judge Pendegast
  • Gold Is Where You Find It (1938) – Nixon (scenes deleted)
  • The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938) – Venetian Business Man (uncredited)
  • Go Chase Yourself (1938) – Halliday
  • Romance on the Run (1938) – Phelps
  • Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938) – Pop Hardy
  • Mr. Chump (1938) – Abner Sprague
  • The Affairs of Annabel (1938) – Mr. Fletcher
  • Youth Takes a Fling (1938) – Mr. Judd
  • Garden of the Moon (1938) – Angus McGillicuddy
  • A Man to Remember (1938) – George Sykes
  • Young Dr. Kildare (1938) – Harry Cook (uncredited)
  • The Sisters (1938) – Taft Election Announcer (uncredited)
  • Hard to Get (1938) – Judge Harkness
  • The Shining Hour (1938) – Second Man on Plane (uncredited)
  • Next Time I Marry (1938) – H.E. Crocker
  • The Great Man Votes (1939) – The Mayor
  • Blackwell’s Island (1939) – Prison Warden Stuart ‘Stu’ Granger
  • Twelve Crowded Hours (1939) – James McEwen
  • Sweepstakes Winner (1939) – Pop Reynolds
  • Naughty but Nice (1939) – Judge Kennith B. Walters, Superior Court
  • At the Circus (1939) – (uncredited)
  • Indianapolis Speedway (1939) – Mr. Greer
  • Espionage Agent (1939) – Phineas T. O’Grady
  • Fast and Furious (1939) – Chief Miller
  • Pride of the Blue Grass (1939) – Col. Bob Griner
  • Eternally Yours (1939) – Ship Captain (uncredited)
  • Our Neighbors – The Carters (1939) – Joseph Laurence
  • Charlie McCarthy, Detective (1939) – Judge Black (uncredited)
  • Of Mice and Men (1939) – Carlson
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill (1939) – Mr. Miller
  • Internationally Yours (1939)
  • Brother Rat and a Baby (1940) – First Doctor (uncredited)
  • Granny Get Your Gun (1940) – Tom Redding
  • Millionaire Playboy (1940) – Stafford
  • My Favorite Wife (1940) – Judge Bryson
  • Brother Orchid (1940) – Pattonsville Superintendent
  • The Mortal Storm (1940) – Professor Berg
  • Anne of Windy Poplars (1940) – Dr. Walton (uncredited)
  • Private Affairs (1940) – Judge Samuel Elmer Hamilton
  • Flowing Gold (1940) – Charles Hammond / Shylock
  • Men Against the Sky (1940) – Mr. Burdett (final film role)
  • External Links

    Actor Granville Bates – Wikipedia

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