British by birth, Ralph Bates was an accomplished actor who appeared in a variety of Hollywood films. Bates began his acting career appearing mainly in films, such as the Christopher Lee horror film "Taste the Blood of Dracula" (1970), "The Horror of Frankenstein" (1970) and "Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde" (1971). Bates worked in television around the start of his acting career with a role on "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" (PBS, 1970). He continued to act in productions like "Lust For a Vampire" (1971), "Fear in the Night" (1972) with Judy Geeson and "Persecution" (1974). He also appeared in the TV special "Murder Motel" (ABC, 1974-75). Film continued to be his passion as he played roles in the horror movie "The Devil Within Her" (1976) with Joan Collins and "Letters to an Unknown Lover" (1985). He held additional roles in television including a part on "Penmarric" (1982-83). Bates more recently acted in the Frank Finlay adventure "King of the Wind" (1990).
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