Larry Gates


Actor
Larry Gates

About

Birth Place
St Paul, Minnesota, USA
Died
December 12, 1996

Biography

American character actor Larry Gates got his proverbial break late in his career, and is best known for his roles on the soap "Guiding Light" and in the film "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." After appearing on stage and on screen for several years he was "discovered" in a 1956 version of the Broadway show "Bell, Book and Candle." He also had a prominent role in the sci-fi classic "Invasion of th...

Family & Companions

Judith Gates
Wife
Survived him.

Notes

Nominated for a Tony Award in 1964 for Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Drama) for "A Case of Libel."

Biography

American character actor Larry Gates got his proverbial break late in his career, and is best known for his roles on the soap "Guiding Light" and in the film "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." After appearing on stage and on screen for several years he was "discovered" in a 1956 version of the Broadway show "Bell, Book and Candle." He also had a prominent role in the sci-fi classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," which also came out in '56, and subsequently had a long and successful career in supporting screen roles. His most prominent film role came in the 1958 Tennessee Williams adaptation "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," playing Dr. Baugh. He appeared in Samuel Fuller's exploitation noir "Underworld U.S.A.," the Lillian Hellman classic "Toys in the Attic," and Italian Mafia crime drama "Lucky Luciano," playing a judge. He could also be seen playing a landowner in Norman Jewison's racially charged "In the Heat of the Night" and was in the Frank Sinatra vehicle "Some Came Running." On TV Gates played an enormous range of roles, including multiple appearances on the true-crime drama "The F.B.I." and President Herbert Hoover in the miniseries "Backstairs at the White House." He was most recognizable, however, for his long-term part as H.B. Lewis on "Guiding Light," a role he continued until his death in 1996.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Henderson Monster (1980)
President Aan Doby
F.D.R. -- The Last Year (1980)
Admiral Leahy
Funny Lady (1975)
Kate McShane (1975)
Aloha Means Goodbye (1974)
The Missiles of October (1974)
Pueblo (1973)
American Negotiator
Airport (1970)
Commissioner Ackerman
Death of a Gunfighter (1969)
Mayor Chester Syre
Hour of the Gun (1967)
John P. Clum
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Eric Endicott
The Sand Pebbles (1966)
Jameson
Toys in the Attic (1963)
Cyrus Warkins
Cattle King (1963)
President Chester A. Arthur
The Spiral Road (1962)
Dr. Kramer
Ada (1961)
Joe Adams
The Young Savages (1961)
Randolph
Underworld U. S. A. (1961)
Driscoll
The Hoodlum Priest (1961)
Louis Rosen
The Great Impostor (1961)
Cardinal
One Foot in Hell (1960)
Doc Seltzer
The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker (1959)
Rev. Dr. Fielding
Some Came Running (1959)
Prof. Robert Haven French
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Dr. Baugh
The Brothers Rico (1957)
Sid Kubik
The Strange One (1957)
Major Avery
Jeanne Eagels (1957)
Al Brooks
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Dr. Danny Kauffman
The Girl Rush (1955)
Hap Halliday
Take Me to Town (1953)
Editor Daggett
Francis Covers the Big Town (1953)
Dan Austin
Above and Beyond (1953)
Capt. Parsons
Has Anybody Seen My Gal (1952)
Charles Blaisdell
Glory Alley (1952)
Dr. Robert Ardley

Cast (Special)

The 14th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (1987)
Performer
The School For Scandal (1975)
Sir Oliver Surface
Ceremony of Innocence (1970)
Earl Of Kent
On Borrowed Time (1957)
Dr Pilbean

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Backstairs at the White House (1979)

Life Events

1938

Moved to New York to become an actor

1939

New York debut in "Speak of the Devil"

1951

Appeared in "Bell, Book and Candle" on Broadway with Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer

1952

Regular on CBS daytime drama "Guiding Light"

1953

Performed in Peter Ustinov's "Love of Four Colonels" again with Harrison and Palmer

1975

Appeared as Polonius in the New York Shakespeare Festival

1981

Performed "King Lear" for the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Cleveland, OH

Videos

Movie Clip

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956) - Where's Your Girlfriend's Double? Town shrink Dan (Larry Gates) is the naysayer, though we know doc Miles (Kevin McCarthy) did see a dormant body double of his girlfriend, and with Jack (King Donovan) saw another, dad Driscoll (Kenneth Patterson) and a cop (Guy Wray) annoyed, in Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, 1956.
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956) - It's No Dead Man So far doc Miles (Kevin McCarthy), newly enchanted by his old high school flame Becky (Dana Wynter), has heard only of a widespread delusion in town, but writer pal Jack (King Donovan) and wife (Carolyn Jones) have found something way more weird, in Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, 1956.
Sand Pebbles, The (1966) - It's His Rice Bowl Navy engineer Jake (Steve McQueen) acquaints himself with his new baby, the engine of the USS San Pablo, meeting his assistant Po-Han (Mako), then various shipmates, Simon Oakland as Stawski, Richard Attenborough as “Frenchy,” in 1926 China, in Robert Wise’s The Sand Pebbles, 1966.
Funny Lady (1975) - There's An Act In There Broadway star Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand, title character) with pal Bobby (Roddy McDowall) assessing finances with Baruch (Larry Gates) when James Caan appears as Billy Rose, who would become Brice’s 2nd husband, in producer Ray Stark’s Funny Girl sequel, Funny Lady, 1975.
In The Heat Of The Night (1967) - Like The Negro Sheriff Gillespie (Rod Steiger) and detective Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) on their murder investigation, visit cotton farmer Endicott (Larry Gates), who exhibits blinding racism, a famous scene from Norman Jewison's In The Heat Of The Night, 1967.
Brothers Rico, The - Johnny Would Never Talk Ex-mob accountant Eddie Rico (Richard Conte) has no idea his brother Gino (Paul Picerni) is being beaten by henchmen for boss Sid Kubik (Larry Gates) while they discuss his other brother, in Phil Karlson's The Brothers Rico, 1957.
Hoodlum Priest, The - Father Goodthief In roles based on the founders of "Dismas House" in St. Louis, Father Clark (Producer and star Don Murray) challenges lawyer Rosen (Larry Gates) to defend accused Billy (Keir Dullea), in The Hoodlum Priest, 1961.
Underworld U.S.A. - Who's The Guy? Banged-up teen hoodlum Tolly (David Kent) with barkeeper friend Sandy (Beatrice Kay) on New Years Eve, then witnessing the central crime, early in writer-producer-director Samuel Fuller's Underworld U.S.A., 1961.

Trailer

Family

Ursula Wassberg
Sister
Survived him.

Companions

Judith Gates
Wife
Survived him.

Bibliography

Notes

Nominated for a Tony Award in 1964 for Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Drama) for "A Case of Libel."