Paul Bates

Paul Bates is an American actor. He has played minor roles in True Romance, The Preacher's Wife, Mr. Wonderful, 8 Mile, The Wayans Bros, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Bad Teacher. He is known for playing Oha in the 1988 film Coming to America starring Eddie Murphy.

Coming to America (1988)

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An African prince decides it’s time for him to find a princess... and his mission leads him and his most loyal friend to Queens, New York. In disguise as an impoverished immigrant, the pampered prince quickly finds himself a new job, new friends, new digs, new ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Arsenio Hall  •  James Earl Jones  •  John Amos

An African prince decides it’s time for him to find a princess... and his mission leads him and his most loyal friend to Queens, New York. In disguise as an impoverished immigrant, the pampered prince quickly finds himself a new job, new friends, new digs, new ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Arsenio Hall  •  James Earl Jones  •  John Amos

Crazy People (1990)

A bitter ad executive who has reached his breaking point, finds himself in a mental institution where his career actually begins to thrive with the help of the hospital's patients.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Bill  •  Barry L. Young
CAST:  Dudley Moore  •  Daryl Hannah  •  Paul Reiser  •  J.T. Walsh

A bitter ad executive who has reached his breaking point, finds himself in a mental institution where his career actually begins to thrive with the help of the hospital's patients.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Bill  •  Barry L. Young
CAST:  Dudley Moore  •  Daryl Hannah  •  Paul Reiser  •  J.T. Walsh

Instinct (1999)

In a prison for the criminally insane, deranged anthropologist Ethan Powell is set to be examined by a bright young psychiatrist, Theo Caulder. Driven by ambition and a hunger for the truth, Caulder will eventually risk everything—even put his very life on the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Turteltaub
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Maura Tierney

In a prison for the criminally insane, deranged anthropologist Ethan Powell is set to be examined by a bright young psychiatrist, Theo Caulder. Driven by ambition and a hunger for the truth, Caulder will eventually risk everything—even put his very life on the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Turteltaub
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Maura Tierney

Jennifer Eight (1992)

A big city cop from LA moves to a small town police force and immediately finds himself investigating a murder. Using theories rejected by his colleagues, the cop, John Berlin, meets a young blind woman named Helena, who he is attracted to. Meanwhile, a serial ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Robinson
CAST:  Andy García  •  Lance Henriksen  •  Uma Thurman  •  Graham Beckel

A big city cop from LA moves to a small town police force and immediately finds himself investigating a murder. Using theories rejected by his colleagues, the cop, John Berlin, meets a young blind woman named Helena, who he is attracted to. Meanwhile, a serial ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Robinson
CAST:  Andy García  •  Lance Henriksen  •  Uma Thurman  •  Graham Beckel

The Preacher's Wife (1996)

Good natured Reverend Henry Biggs finds that his marriage to choir mistress Julia is flagging, due to his constant absence caring for the deprived neighborhood they live in. On top of all this, his church is coming under threat from property developer Joe Hamilton. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Penny Marshall
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Whitney Houston  •  Courtney B. Vance  •  Gregory Hines

Good natured Reverend Henry Biggs finds that his marriage to choir mistress Julia is flagging, due to his constant absence caring for the deprived neighborhood they live in. On top of all this, his church is coming under threat from property developer Joe Hamilton. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Penny Marshall
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Whitney Houston  •  Courtney B. Vance  •  Gregory Hines

True Romance (1993)

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Clarence marries hooker Alabama, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Scott
CAST:  Christian Slater  •  Patricia Arquette  •  Michael Rapaport  •  Bronson Pinchot

Clarence marries hooker Alabama, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Scott
CAST:  Christian Slater  •  Patricia Arquette  •  Michael Rapaport  •  Bronson Pinchot

Hesher (2010)

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A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spencer Susser
CAST:  Natalie Portman  •  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Rainn Wilson  •  Audrey Wasilewski

A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spencer Susser
CAST:  Natalie Portman  •  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Rainn Wilson  •  Audrey Wasilewski

Bad Teacher (2011)

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A lazy, incompetent middle school teacher who hates her job and her students is forced to return to her job to make enough money for a boob job after her rich fiancé dumps her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  Jason Segel  •  Cameron Diaz  •  Justin Timberlake  •  Lucy Punch

A lazy, incompetent middle school teacher who hates her job and her students is forced to return to her job to make enough money for a boob job after her rich fiancé dumps her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  Jason Segel  •  Cameron Diaz  •  Justin Timberlake  •  Lucy Punch

Somewhere, Tomorrow (1983)

Lori Anderson is trying to deal with the recent tragedy of her father's death. As Lori's mother moves on, Lori finds herself stuck, consumed by grief and anger. With the lingering feeling that something about her father's passing was not right, Lori turns to his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wiemer
CAST:  Sarah Jessica Parker  •  Nancy Addison  •  Tom Shea  •  Rick Weber

Lori Anderson is trying to deal with the recent tragedy of her father's death. As Lori's mother moves on, Lori finds herself stuck, consumed by grief and anger. With the lingering feeling that something about her father's passing was not right, Lori turns to his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wiemer
CAST:  Sarah Jessica Parker  •  Nancy Addison  •  Tom Shea  •  Rick Weber

Hot Pursuit (1987)

Young Danny is following his rich girlfriend's family to the Caribbean. But suddenly he simply must make a chemistry test and cannot go with them. After they have left, he gets a leave from his professor and takes a plane to find them. But he is not quite sure ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Lisberger
CAST:  John Cusack  •  Robert Loggia  •  Jerry Stiller  •  Wendy Gazelle

Young Danny is following his rich girlfriend's family to the Caribbean. But suddenly he simply must make a chemistry test and cannot go with them. After they have left, he gets a leave from his professor and takes a plane to find them. But he is not quite sure ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Lisberger
CAST:  John Cusack  •  Robert Loggia  •  Jerry Stiller  •  Wendy Gazelle

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

Following a childhood tragedy, Dewey Cox follows a long and winding road to music stardom. Dewey perseveres through changing musical styles, an addiction to nearly every drug known and bouts of uncontrollable rage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  John C. Reilly  •  Jenna Fischer  •  Tim Meadows  •  Kristen Wiig

Following a childhood tragedy, Dewey Cox follows a long and winding road to music stardom. Dewey perseveres through changing musical styles, an addiction to nearly every drug known and bouts of uncontrollable rage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  John C. Reilly  •  Jenna Fischer  •  Tim Meadows  •  Kristen Wiig

Mr. Wonderful (1993)

Electrician Gus gets the chance to fulfil a childhood dream by buying an old bowling-alley with some of his friends, but first he must find his ex-wife a new husband so he can stop paying alimony.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Minghella
CAST:  Matt Dillon  •  Annabella Sciorra  •  Mary-Louise Parker  •  William Hurt

Electrician Gus gets the chance to fulfil a childhood dream by buying an old bowling-alley with some of his friends, but first he must find his ex-wife a new husband so he can stop paying alimony.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Minghella
CAST:  Matt Dillon  •  Annabella Sciorra  •  Mary-Louise Parker  •  William Hurt

March in Windy City (1998)

Retired MI6 agent Steven March is called back into action by his former employers. His task is to assassinate Chicago politician Dan Paterson, an ambitious and ruthless Russian who March has encountered before. March's task is made more difficult when Paterson's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Graham Theakston
CAST:  David Jason  •  David McCallum  •  Vanessa Earl  •  Jerome Willis

Retired MI6 agent Steven March is called back into action by his former employers. His task is to assassinate Chicago politician Dan Paterson, an ambitious and ruthless Russian who March has encountered before. March's task is made more difficult when Paterson's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Graham Theakston
CAST:  David Jason  •  David McCallum  •  Vanessa Earl  •  Jerome Willis

Coming 2 America (2021)

Prince Akeem Joffer is set to become King of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son he never knew about in America – a street savvy Queens native named Lavelle. Honoring his royal father's dying wish to groom this son as the crown prince, Akeem and Semmi set off to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig Brewer
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  James Earl Jones  •  Arsenio Hall  •  Jermaine Fowler

Prince Akeem Joffer is set to become King of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son he never knew about in America – a street savvy Queens native named Lavelle. Honoring his royal father's dying wish to groom this son as the crown prince, Akeem and Semmi set off to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig Brewer
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  James Earl Jones  •  Arsenio Hall  •  Jermaine Fowler