Kathy Bates

Kathleen Doyle Bates (born June 28, 1948) is an American actress and director. She has been the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, she studied theatre at the Southern Methodist University before moving to New York City to pursue an acting career. She landed minor stage roles before being cast in her first on screen role in Taking Off (1971). Her first Off-Broadway stage performance was in the 1976 production of Vanities. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, she continued to perform on screen and on stage, and garnered a Tony Award nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Play in 1983 for her performance in 'night, Mother, and won an Obie Award in 1988 for her performance in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Bates' performance as Annie Wilkes in the tense psychological thriller Misery (1990) marked her Hollywood breakthrough, winning her the Academy Award for Best Actress. Further acclaim came for her starring role in Dolores Claiborne (1995), The Waterboy (1998), and supporting roles in Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) and Titanic (1997). Bates received subsequent Oscar nods in the Best Supporting Actress category for her work in Primary Colors (1998), About Schmidt (2002), and Richard Jewell (2019). Bates' television work has resulted in 14 Emmy Award nominations, including two for her leading role on the NBC series Harry's Law (2011–12). She won the ...

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The Golden Compass (2007)

After overhearing a shocking secret, precocious orphan Lyra Belacqua trades her carefree existence roaming the halls of Jordan College for an otherworldly adventure in the far North, unaware that it's part of her destiny.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Weitz
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Daniel Craig  •  Eva Green  •  Ian McShane

After overhearing a shocking secret, precocious orphan Lyra Belacqua trades her carefree existence roaming the halls of Jordan College for an otherworldly adventure in the far North, unaware that it's part of her destiny.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Weitz
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Daniel Craig  •  Eva Green  •  Ian McShane

Midnight in Paris (2011)

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A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Owen Wilson  •  Rachel McAdams  •  Kurt Fuller  •  Mimi Kennedy

A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Owen Wilson  •  Rachel McAdams  •  Kurt Fuller  •  Mimi Kennedy

Titanic (1997)

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101-year-old Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story of her life aboard the Titanic, 84 years later. A young Rose boards the ship with her mother and fiancé. Meanwhile, Jack Dawson and Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets aboard the ship. Rose tells the whole ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Cameron
CAST:  Kate Winslet  •  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Frances Fisher  •  Billy Zane

101-year-old Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story of her life aboard the Titanic, 84 years later. A young Rose boards the ship with her mother and fiancé. Meanwhile, Jack Dawson and Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets aboard the ship. Rose tells the whole ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Cameron
CAST:  Kate Winslet  •  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Frances Fisher  •  Billy Zane

A Civil Action (1998)

Jan Schlickmann is a cynical lawyer who goes out to 'get rid of' a case, only to find out it is potentially worth millions. The case becomes his obsession, to the extent that he is willing to give up everything—including his career and his clients' goals—in order ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Zaillian
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Robert Duvall  •  Tony Shalhoub  •  William H. Macy

Jan Schlickmann is a cynical lawyer who goes out to 'get rid of' a case, only to find out it is potentially worth millions. The case becomes his obsession, to the extent that he is willing to give up everything—including his career and his clients' goals—in order ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Zaillian
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Robert Duvall  •  Tony Shalhoub  •  William H. Macy

About Schmidt (2002)

66-year-old Warren Schmidt is a retired insurance salesman and has no particular plans other than to drive around in the motor home his wife insisted they buy. He's not altogether bitter, but not happy either, as everything his wife does annoys him, and he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Kathy Bates  •  Hope Davis  •  Dermot Mulroney

66-year-old Warren Schmidt is a retired insurance salesman and has no particular plans other than to drive around in the motor home his wife insisted they buy. He's not altogether bitter, but not happy either, as everything his wife does annoys him, and he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Kathy Bates  •  Hope Davis  •  Dermot Mulroney

American Outlaws (2001)

When a Midwest town learns that a corrupt railroad baron has captured the deeds to their homesteads without their knowledge, a group of young ranchers join forces to take back what is rightfully theirs. They will become the object of the biggest manhunt in the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Les Mayfield
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Scott Caan  •  Ali Larter  •  Gabriel Macht

When a Midwest town learns that a corrupt railroad baron has captured the deeds to their homesteads without their knowledge, a group of young ranchers join forces to take back what is rightfully theirs. They will become the object of the biggest manhunt in the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Les Mayfield
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Scott Caan  •  Ali Larter  •  Gabriel Macht

Angus (1995)

Angus is a large, pathetic 14 year old whose thoughts are most often filled with the image of one Melissa Lefevre. Angus is shy and thinks that he has no chance of ever 'getting' her. Being especially uncool, he is incredibly surprised (along with the rest of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Patrick Read Johnson
CAST:  Perry Anzilotti  •  Kathy Bates  •  Robert Curtis Brown  •  Chris Owen

Angus is a large, pathetic 14 year old whose thoughts are most often filled with the image of one Melissa Lefevre. Angus is shy and thinks that he has no chance of ever 'getting' her. Being especially uncool, he is incredibly surprised (along with the rest of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Patrick Read Johnson
CAST:  Perry Anzilotti  •  Kathy Bates  •  Robert Curtis Brown  •  Chris Owen

Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

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A bet pits a British inventor, a Chinese thief and a French artist on a worldwide adventure that they can circle the globe in 80 days.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Coraci
CAST:  Jackie Chan  •  Cécile de France  •  Robert Fyfe  •  Jim Broadbent

A bet pits a British inventor, a Chinese thief and a French artist on a worldwide adventure that they can circle the globe in 80 days.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Coraci
CAST:  Jackie Chan  •  Cécile de France  •  Robert Fyfe  •  Jim Broadbent

Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)

Arthur, that irrepressible drunk, tries to sober up and get a job. Meanwhile, Ralph Marolla is conniving to trick the hapless boozer into marrying his daughter so he can gain entrée to Arthur's $750 million fortune.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bud Yorkin
CAST:  Dudley Moore  •  Liza Minnelli  •  John Gielgud  •  Geraldine Fitzgerald

Arthur, that irrepressible drunk, tries to sober up and get a job. Meanwhile, Ralph Marolla is conniving to trick the hapless boozer into marrying his daughter so he can gain entrée to Arthur's $750 million fortune.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bud Yorkin
CAST:  Dudley Moore  •  Liza Minnelli  •  John Gielgud  •  Geraldine Fitzgerald

Bee Movie (2007)

Barry B. Benson, a bee who has just graduated from college, is disillusioned at his lone career choice: making honey. On a special trip outside the hive, Barry's life is saved by Vanessa, a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms, he discovers ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Hickner  •  Simon J. Smith
CAST:  Jerry Seinfeld  •  Renée Zellweger  •  Matthew Broderick  •  Jim Cummings

Barry B. Benson, a bee who has just graduated from college, is disillusioned at his lone career choice: making honey. On a special trip outside the hive, Barry's life is saved by Vanessa, a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms, he discovers ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Hickner  •  Simon J. Smith
CAST:  Jerry Seinfeld  •  Renée Zellweger  •  Matthew Broderick  •  Jim Cummings

Charlotte's Web (2006)

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Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Winick
CAST:  Julia Roberts  •  Steve Buscemi  •  John Cleese  •  Oprah Winfrey

Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Winick
CAST:  Julia Roberts  •  Steve Buscemi  •  John Cleese  •  Oprah Winfrey

Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)

The Disciples of James Dean meet up on the anniversary of his death and mull over their lives in the present and in flashback, revealing the truth behind their complicated lives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Cher  •  Sandy Dennis  •  Karen Black  •  Sudie Bond

The Disciples of James Dean meet up on the anniversary of his death and mull over their lives in the present and in flashback, revealing the truth behind their complicated lives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Cher  •  Sandy Dennis  •  Karen Black  •  Sudie Bond

Dick Tracy (1990)

The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Warren Beatty
CAST:  Warren Beatty  •  Al Pacino  •  Madonna  •  Charlie Korsmo

The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Warren Beatty
CAST:  Warren Beatty  •  Al Pacino  •  Madonna  •  Charlie Korsmo

Dragonfly (2002)

A grieving doctor is being contacted by his late wife through his patient's near death experiences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Shadyac
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Joe Morton  •  Ron Rifkin  •  Susanna Thompson

A grieving doctor is being contacted by his late wife through his patient's near death experiences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Shadyac
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Joe Morton  •  Ron Rifkin  •  Susanna Thompson

Failure to Launch (2006)

Tripp, an attractive man in his thirties, is still living with his parents Al and Sue. Tripp's best friends Demo and Ace are also still living in their parents' homes and seem proud of it. Al and Sue are not happy, however, and are fascinated when friends whose ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Dey
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Sarah Jessica Parker  •  Zooey Deschanel  •  Justin Bartha

Tripp, an attractive man in his thirties, is still living with his parents Al and Sue. Tripp's best friends Demo and Ace are also still living in their parents' homes and seem proud of it. Al and Sue are not happy, however, and are fascinated when friends whose ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Dey
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Sarah Jessica Parker  •  Zooey Deschanel  •  Justin Bartha

Little Black Book (2004)

Determined to learn about her boyfriend's past relationships, Stacy -- who works for a talk show -- becomes a bona fide snoop. With her colleague, Barb, Stacy gets the names of Derek's ex-lovers and interviews them, supposedly for an upcoming show. But what she ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Hurran
CAST:  Brittany Murphy  •  Holly Hunter  •  Kathy Bates  •  Ron Livingston

Determined to learn about her boyfriend's past relationships, Stacy -- who works for a talk show -- becomes a bona fide snoop. With her colleague, Barb, Stacy gets the names of Derek's ex-lovers and interviews them, supposedly for an upcoming show. But what she ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Hurran
CAST:  Brittany Murphy  •  Holly Hunter  •  Kathy Bates  •  Ron Livingston

North (1994)

Eleven-year-old North has had it with his parents. They are always busy with their careers and don't give North the attention he needs, so he files a lawsuit against them. The judge rules that North should either find new parents or return to his own parents within ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Reiner
CAST:  Elijah Wood  •  Jason Alexander  •  Julia Louis-Dreyfus  •  Jon Lovitz

Eleven-year-old North has had it with his parents. They are always busy with their careers and don't give North the attention he needs, so he files a lawsuit against them. The judge rules that North should either find new parents or return to his own parents within ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Reiner
CAST:  Elijah Wood  •  Jason Alexander  •  Julia Louis-Dreyfus  •  Jon Lovitz

Rat Race (2001)

In an ensemble film about easy money, greed, manipulation and bad driving, a Las Vegas casino tycoon entertains his wealthiest high rollers -- a group that will bet on anything -- by pitting six ordinary people against each other in a wild dash for $2 million ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Zucker
CAST:  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Seth Green  •  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Breckin Meyer

In an ensemble film about easy money, greed, manipulation and bad driving, a Las Vegas casino tycoon entertains his wealthiest high rollers -- a group that will bet on anything -- by pitting six ordinary people against each other in a wild dash for $2 million ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Zucker
CAST:  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Seth Green  •  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Breckin Meyer

Rumor Has It... (2005)

Sarah Huttinger's return home with her fiance convinces her that the sedate, proper, country-club lifestyle of her family isn't for her – and that maybe the Huttinger family isn't even hers – as she uncovers secrets that suggest the Huttingers are neither sedate ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Reiner
CAST:  Jennifer Aniston  •  Kevin Costner  •  Shirley MacLaine  •  Mark Ruffalo

Sarah Huttinger's return home with her fiance convinces her that the sedate, proper, country-club lifestyle of her family isn't for her – and that maybe the Huttinger family isn't even hers – as she uncovers secrets that suggest the Huttingers are neither sedate ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Reiner
CAST:  Jennifer Aniston  •  Kevin Costner  •  Shirley MacLaine  •  Mark Ruffalo

Shadows and Fog (1991)

With a serial strangler on the loose, a bookkeeper wanders around town searching for the vigilante group intent on catching the killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Woody Allen  •  Mia Farrow  •  Kathy Bates  •  David Ogden Stiers

With a serial strangler on the loose, a bookkeeper wanders around town searching for the vigilante group intent on catching the killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Woody Allen  •  Mia Farrow  •  Kathy Bates  •  David Ogden Stiers
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