Warren Oates

Born Jul 5, 1928

Warren Mercer Oates 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).… Read More

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1928 Birth Born on July 5, 1928.


1945 17 Years Old He attended Louisville Male High School in Louisville, Kentucky, until 1945 but did not graduate. … Read More


1953 25 Years Old He became interested in theater at the University of Louisville and starred in several plays there in 1953 for the Little Theater Company.
1957 29 Years Old He got an opportunity in New York City to star in a live production of the television series, Studio One in 1957. … Read More


1960 32 Years Old He also played a supporting role in Peckinpah's short-lived series The Westerner in 1960. … Read More
1961 33 Years Old In 1961 Oates guest-starred in the episode "Artie Moon" in NBC's The Lawless Years crime drama about the 1920s.
1962 34 Years Old In 1962 he appeared as "Ves Painter" in the short-lived ABC series Stoney Burke, co-starring Jack Lord, a program about rodeo contestants. … Read More


1969 41 Years Old His partnership with Peckinpah resulted in two of his most famous film roles. In the 1969 Western classic The Wild Bunch, he portrayed Lyle Gorch, a long-time outlaw who chooses to die with his friends during the film's violent conclusion. … Read More
1971 43 Years Old 1 More Event
He appeared in the Sherman Brothers musical version of Tom Sawyer as "Muff Potter," the town drunk. He also starred in The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960), Return of the Seven (1966), The Shooting (filmed in 1965, released in 1968), The Split (1968), The Thief Who Came to Dinner (1973), Cockfighter (1974), Drum (1976) and China 9, Liberty 37 (1978), and played the title role in a 1971 crime drama, Chandler. … Read More


1981 53 Years Old A year before his death, Oates co-starred with Bill Murray in the 1981 military comedy Stripes. … Read More
1982 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1982 he co-starred opposite Jack Nicholson in director Tony Richardson's The Border.
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