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Granville Bates (1882–1940)

Balding, worried-looking character actor of the 1930's who had a strong line in lawyers, judges, sheriffs, mayors and storekeepers. He was especially effective at playing choleric or obtuse. Bates had a career in dramatic plays on Broadway spanning the years from 1925 to 1935. He began in films with Essanay in 1917. His performance in The Great ... See full bio »

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Of Mice and Men Carlson
My Favorite Wife Judge Bryson
Waikiki Wedding Uncle Herman
Chatterbox Philip Greene Sr


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 1940 Men Against the Sky
Mr. Burdett
 1940 Flowing Gold
Charles Hammond / Shylock
 1940 Private Affairs
Judge Samuel Elmer Hamilton
 1940 Anne of Windy Poplars
Dr. Walton (uncredited)
 1940 Women in Hiding (Short)
Dr. Bates
 1940 The Mortal Storm
Professor Berg
 1940 Brother Orchid
Pattonsville Superintendent
 1940 My Favorite Wife
Judge Bryson
 1940 Millionaire Playboy
 1940 Granny Get Your Gun
Tom Redding
 1940 Brother Rat and a Baby
First Doctor (uncredited)
 1939 Thou Shalt Not Kill
Mr. Miller
 1939 Of Mice and Men
 1939 Charlie McCarthy, Detective
Judge Black (uncredited)
 1939 Our Neighbors - The Carters
Joseph Laurence
 1939 Drunk Driving (Short)
Mr. Jenks (uncredited)
 1939 Eternally Yours
Ship Captain (uncredited)
 1939 Pride of the Blue Grass
Col. Bob Griner
 1939 Fast and Furious
Chief Miller
 1939 Espionage Agent
Phineas T. O'Grady
 1939 Indianapolis Speedway
Mr. Greer
 1939 Naughty But Nice
Judge Kennith B. Walters, Superior Court
 1939 Sweepstakes Winner
Pop Reynolds
 1939 Twelve Crowded Hours
James McEwen
 1939 Blackwell's Island
Prison Warden Stuart 'Stu' Granger
 1939 The Great Man Votes
The Mayor
 1938 Next Time I Marry
H.E. Crocker
 1938 The Shining Hour
Second Man on Plane (uncredited)
 1938 Hard to Get
Judge Harkness
 1938 A Man to Remember
George Sykes
 1938 The Sisters
Taft Election Announcer (uncredited)
 1938 Young Dr. Kildare
Harry Cook (uncredited)
 1938 Garden of the Moon
Angus McGillicuddy
 1938 Youth Takes a Fling
Mr. Judd
 1938 The Affairs of Annabel
Mr. Fletcher
 1938 Mr. Chump
Abner Sprague
 1938 Cowboy from Brooklyn
Pop Hardy
 1938 Strange Glory (Short)
Head of Investigation Committee (uncredited)
 1938 Romance on the Run
 1938 Go Chase Yourself
 1938 The Adventures of Marco Polo
Venetian Business Man (uncredited)
 1938 Gold Is Where You Find It
Nixon (scenes deleted)
 1938 The Jury's Secret
Judge Pendegast
 1938 The Buccaneer
Gentleman Wanting to Surrender (uncredited)
 1937 Wells Fargo
Bradford - Banker
 1937 Mannequin
Mr. Gebhart (uncredited)
 1937 Under Suspicion
K.Y. Mitchell
 1937 The Perfect Specimen
Hooker - Garage Owner
 1937 Back in Circulation
Dr. Evans
 1937 The Boss Didn't Say Good Morning (Short)
Mr. Boss (uncredited)
 1937 It Happened in Hollywood
Sam Bennett
 1937 They Won't Forget
Detective Pindar
 1937 Wings Over Honolulu
Grocery Clerk (uncredited)
 1937 Make Way for Tomorrow
Mr. Hunter (uncredited)
 1937 Mountain Justice
Judge Crawley at Jeff's Trial
 1937 Good Old Soak
Sam (uncredited)
 1937 Let's Get Married
Hank Keith
 1937 Waikiki Wedding
Uncle Herman
 1937 Nancy Steele Is Missing!
Joseph F.X. Flaherty
 1937 When's Your Birthday?
Judge O'Day
 1937 The Great O'Malley
Jake - Bar Proprietor (uncredited)
 1937 Green Light
 1937 Breezing Home
Head Politician (uncredited)
 1937 Larceny on the Air
Prof. Rexford Sterling
 1936 Beloved Enemy
 1936 Sing Me a Love Song
Mr. Goodrich (uncredited)
 1936 The Plainsman
Van Ellyn
 1936 The Captain's Kid
Sheriff Pengast
 1936 Poppy
Mayor Farnsworth
 1936 Hearts Divided
Robert Livingston (uncredited)
 1936 Times Square Playboy
Mr. Mort Calhoun
 1936 13 Hours by Air
Pop Andrews
 1936 Important News (Short)
Sheriff (uncredited)
 1936 The Music Goes 'Round
Political Speaker (uncredited)
 1936 Chatterbox
Philip Greene Sr
 1935 I Live My Life
Yacht Captain (uncredited)
 1935 O'Shaughnessy's Boy
 1935 Alibi Racket (Short)
Hopkins (uncredited)
 1935 Pursuit
Auto Camp Proprietor
 1935 Woman Wanted
Casey (scenes deleted)
 1934 Woman in the Dark
Sheriff Grant
 1934 Midnight
Henry McGrath
 1932 The Wiser Sex
City Editor
 1931 The Smiling Lieutenant
Bill Collector (uncredited)
 1931 Honor Among Lovers
 1930 The Sap from Syracuse
Sidney Hycross
 1929 Dead or Alive (Short)
 1929 Jealousy
 1929 The Interview (Short)
The Wall Street Financier
 1929 The Familiar Face (Short)
 1917 The Kill-Joy
The Crab
 1917 Young Mother Hubbard
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Stage Play: Once in a Lifetime. Comedy. Written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. Stage Manager: Robert B. Sinclair. Scenic Design by Cirker & Robbins. Directed by George S. Kaufman. Music Box Theatre: 24 Sep 1920- Sep 1931 (unknown closing date/406 performances). Cast: Frances E. Brandt (as "Mrs. Walker"), Jane Buchanan (as "A Voice ... See more »

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Also appeared in Warner Brothers newspaper shorts, 1934.

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