Warren Oates

Warren Mercer Oates (July 5, 1928 – April 3, 1982) was an American actor best known for his performances in several films directed by Sam Peckinpah including The Wild Bunch (1969) and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974). He starred in numerous films during the early 1970s which have since achieved cult status including The Hired Hand (1971), Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) and Race with the Devil (1975). Oates also portrayed Sergeant Hulka in the box office hit Stripes (1981). Description above from the Wikipedia article Warren Oates, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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1941 (1979)

In the days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, panic grips California, where a military officer leads a mob chasing a Japanese sub.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Dan Aykroyd  •  Ned Beatty  •  John Belushi  •  Lorraine Gary

In the days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, panic grips California, where a military officer leads a mob chasing a Japanese sub.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Dan Aykroyd  •  Ned Beatty  •  John Belushi  •  Lorraine Gary

Badlands (1973)

A dramatization of the Starkweather-Fugate killing spree of the 1950s, in which a teenage girl and her twenty-something boyfriend slaughtered her entire family and several others in the Dakota badlands.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terrence Malick
CAST:  Martin Sheen  •  Sissy Spacek  •  Warren Oates  •  Gary Littlejohn

A dramatization of the Starkweather-Fugate killing spree of the 1950s, in which a teenage girl and her twenty-something boyfriend slaughtered her entire family and several others in the Dakota badlands.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terrence Malick
CAST:  Martin Sheen  •  Sissy Spacek  •  Warren Oates  •  Gary Littlejohn

Blue Thunder (1983)

Los Angeles, California. Officer Murphy, a veteran Metropolitan Police helicopter pilot suffering from severe trauma due to his harsh experiences during the Vietnam War, and Lymangood, his resourceful new partner, are tasked with testing an advanced and heavily ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Badham
CAST:  Roy Scheider  •  Warren Oates  •  Candy Clark  •  Malcolm McDowell

Los Angeles, California. Officer Murphy, a veteran Metropolitan Police helicopter pilot suffering from severe trauma due to his harsh experiences during the Vietnam War, and Lymangood, his resourceful new partner, are tasked with testing an advanced and heavily ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Badham
CAST:  Roy Scheider  •  Warren Oates  •  Candy Clark  •  Malcolm McDowell

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)

An American bartender and his prostitute girlfriend go on a road trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a $1 million bounty on the head of a dead gigolo.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  Warren Oates  •  Isela Vega  •  Robert Webber  •  Gig Young

An American bartender and his prostitute girlfriend go on a road trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a $1 million bounty on the head of a dead gigolo.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  Warren Oates  •  Isela Vega  •  Robert Webber  •  Gig Young

China 9, Liberty 37 (1978)

Gunslinger Clayton Drumm (Testi) is about to be hanged when he is given a chance to live if he will agree to murder Matthew (Oates), a miner who has steadfastly refused to sell his land to the railroad company. Matthew’s refusal is a major obstacle to the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Monte Hellman
CAST:  Fabio Testi  •  Warren Oates  •  Jenny Agutter  •  Sam Peckinpah

Gunslinger Clayton Drumm (Testi) is about to be hanged when he is given a chance to live if he will agree to murder Matthew (Oates), a miner who has steadfastly refused to sell his land to the railroad company. Matthew’s refusal is a major obstacle to the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Monte Hellman
CAST:  Fabio Testi  •  Warren Oates  •  Jenny Agutter  •  Sam Peckinpah

In the Heat of the Night (1967)

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An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Sidney Poitier  •  Rod Steiger  •  Warren Oates  •  Lee Grant

An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Sidney Poitier  •  Rod Steiger  •  Warren Oates  •  Lee Grant

Major Dundee (1965)

During the last winter of the Civil War, cavalry officer Amos Dundee leads a contentious troop of Army regulars, Confederate prisoners and scouts on an expedition into Mexico to destroy a band of Apaches who have been raiding U.S. bases in Texas.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Richard Harris  •  Jim Hutton  •  James Coburn

During the last winter of the Civil War, cavalry officer Amos Dundee leads a contentious troop of Army regulars, Confederate prisoners and scouts on an expedition into Mexico to destroy a band of Apaches who have been raiding U.S. bases in Texas.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Richard Harris  •  Jim Hutton  •  James Coburn

Ride the High Country (1962)

An ex-lawman is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  Randolph Scott  •  Joel McCrea  •  Mariette Hartley  •  Ron Starr

An ex-lawman is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  Randolph Scott  •  Joel McCrea  •  Mariette Hartley  •  Ron Starr

Sleeping Dogs (1977)

Recluse Smith is drawn into a revolutionary struggle between guerrillas and right-wingers in New Zealand. Implicated in a murder and framed as a revolutionary conspirator, Smith tries to maintain an attitude of non-violence while caught between warring factions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Donaldson
CAST:  Sam Neill  •  Nevan Rowe  •  Ian Mune  •  Warren Oates

Recluse Smith is drawn into a revolutionary struggle between guerrillas and right-wingers in New Zealand. Implicated in a murder and framed as a revolutionary conspirator, Smith tries to maintain an attitude of non-violence while caught between warring factions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Donaldson
CAST:  Sam Neill  •  Nevan Rowe  •  Ian Mune  •  Warren Oates

Stripes (1981)

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John Winger, an indolent sad sack in his 30s, impulsively joins the U.S. Army after losing his job, his girlfriend and his apartment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ivan Reitman
CAST:  Bill Murray  •  Harold Ramis  •  Warren Oates  •  P.J. Soles

John Winger, an indolent sad sack in his 30s, impulsively joins the U.S. Army after losing his job, his girlfriend and his apartment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ivan Reitman
CAST:  Bill Murray  •  Harold Ramis  •  Warren Oates  •  P.J. Soles

The Hired Hand (1971)

Harry Collings returns home to his farm after drifting with his friend, Arch. His wife, who had given up on him, reluctantly allows him to stay, and soon believes that all will be well again. But then Harry has to make a difficult decision regarding his loyalties ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Fonda
CAST:  Peter Fonda  •  Warren Oates  •  Verna Bloom  •  Ann Doran

Harry Collings returns home to his farm after drifting with his friend, Arch. His wife, who had given up on him, reluctantly allows him to stay, and soon believes that all will be well again. But then Harry has to make a difficult decision regarding his loyalties ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Fonda
CAST:  Peter Fonda  •  Warren Oates  •  Verna Bloom  •  Ann Doran

The Shooting (1978)

Two miners agree to guide a mysterious woman, who has appeared in their camp from nowhere, to a nearby town; but soon, because of her erratic behavior, they begin to suspect that her true purpose is quite different.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Monte Hellman
CAST:  Will Hutchins  •  Millie Perkins  •  Jack Nicholson  •  Warren Oates

Two miners agree to guide a mysterious woman, who has appeared in their camp from nowhere, to a nearby town; but soon, because of her erratic behavior, they begin to suspect that her true purpose is quite different.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Monte Hellman
CAST:  Will Hutchins  •  Millie Perkins  •  Jack Nicholson  •  Warren Oates

The Thief Who Came to Dinner (1973)

A computer programmer decides to become a thief. And when he starts making waves an insurance investigator hounds him. He also meets a woman who becomes his accomplice.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bud Yorkin
CAST:  Ryan O'Neal  •  Jacqueline Bisset  •  Warren Oates  •  Jill Clayburgh

A computer programmer decides to become a thief. And when he starts making waves an insurance investigator hounds him. He also meets a woman who becomes his accomplice.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bud Yorkin
CAST:  Ryan O'Neal  •  Jacqueline Bisset  •  Warren Oates  •  Jill Clayburgh

The Wild Bunch (1969)

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Aging outlaw, Pike Bishop prepares to retire after one final robbery. Joined by his gang, Dutch Engstrom and brothers Lyle and Tector Gorch, Bishop discovers the heist is a setup orchestrated in part by a former partner, Deke Thornton. As the remaining gang takes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  Ernest Borgnine  •  William Holden  •  Robert Ryan  •  Edmond O'Brien

Aging outlaw, Pike Bishop prepares to retire after one final robbery. Joined by his gang, Dutch Engstrom and brothers Lyle and Tector Gorch, Bishop discovers the heist is a setup orchestrated in part by a former partner, Deke Thornton. As the remaining gang takes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  Ernest Borgnine  •  William Holden  •  Robert Ryan  •  Edmond O'Brien

Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

A driver and a mechanic travel around the United States hopping from drag strip to drag strip in a 1955 Chevy Bel-Air coupe. They race for money, betting with their competitors. The pair gain a young and talkative female stowaway. Along the way they unintentionally ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Monte Hellman
CAST:  James Taylor  •  Warren Oates  •  Dennis Wilson  •  Laurie Bird

A driver and a mechanic travel around the United States hopping from drag strip to drag strip in a 1955 Chevy Bel-Air coupe. They race for money, betting with their competitors. The pair gain a young and talkative female stowaway. Along the way they unintentionally ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Monte Hellman
CAST:  James Taylor  •  Warren Oates  •  Dennis Wilson  •  Laurie Bird

Drum (1976)

A mid-19th century mulatto slave is torn between his success as a pit-fighter and the injustices of white society.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Carver  •  Burt Kennedy
CAST:  Warren Oates  •  Pam Grier  •  Ken Norton  •  Isela Vega

A mid-19th century mulatto slave is torn between his success as a pit-fighter and the injustices of white society.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Carver  •  Burt Kennedy
CAST:  Warren Oates  •  Pam Grier  •  Ken Norton  •  Isela Vega

The Border (1982)

A corrupted border agent decides to clean up his act when an impoverished woman's baby is put up for sale on the black market.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Richardson
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Valerie Perrine  •  Warren Oates

A corrupted border agent decides to clean up his act when an impoverished woman's baby is put up for sale on the black market.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Richardson
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Valerie Perrine  •  Warren Oates

There Was a Crooked Man... (1970)

Charismatic criminal Paris Pitman ends up in prison, then attempts to escape.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Kirk Douglas  •  Henry Fonda  •  Hume Cronyn  •  Warren Oates

Charismatic criminal Paris Pitman ends up in prison, then attempts to escape.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Kirk Douglas  •  Henry Fonda  •  Hume Cronyn  •  Warren Oates

Dillinger (1973)

After a shoot-out kills five FBI agents in Kansas City the Bureau target John Dillinger as one of the men to hunt down. Waiting for him to break Federal law they sort out several other mobsters, while Dillinger's bank robbing exploits make him something of a folk ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Milius
CAST:  Warren Oates  •  Ben Johnson  •  Michelle Phillips  •  Cloris Leachman

After a shoot-out kills five FBI agents in Kansas City the Bureau target John Dillinger as one of the men to hunt down. Waiting for him to break Federal law they sort out several other mobsters, while Dillinger's bank robbing exploits make him something of a folk ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Milius
CAST:  Warren Oates  •  Ben Johnson  •  Michelle Phillips  •  Cloris Leachman

The Brink's Job (1978)

In 1950, a group of unlikely criminal masterminds commits the robbery of the century. Led by Tony Pino (Peter Falk), a petty thief fresh out of prison, and Joe McGinnis (Peter Boyle), who specializes in planning lucrative capers, the gang robs Brink's main office ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Friedkin
CAST:  Peter Falk  •  Peter Boyle  •  Allen Garfield  •  Warren Oates

In 1950, a group of unlikely criminal masterminds commits the robbery of the century. Led by Tony Pino (Peter Falk), a petty thief fresh out of prison, and Joe McGinnis (Peter Boyle), who specializes in planning lucrative capers, the gang robs Brink's main office ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Friedkin
CAST:  Peter Falk  •  Peter Boyle  •  Allen Garfield  •  Warren Oates
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