Kathy Bates

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Actress

Birth Name: Kathleen Doyle Bates

Birth Date: June 28, 1948

Age: 75 years old

Birth Place: Memphis, Tennessee

To the general moviegoer, Kathy Bates seemed to materialize from nowhere, giving an Academy Award-winning performance as a psychotic literary fan-turned-kidnapper in the screen adaptation of Stephen King's "Misery" in 1990. Unbeknownst to those outside theater circles, Bates had already enjoyed an over 20-year career as a Tony Award-winning actress on Broadway. Even more impressive, she was over 40 when she first made a dent in Hollywood; a town with a poor track record for accepting anyone who is past society's idea of "a woman's prime" - never mind if she was also plus-sized. But this challenge gave the honest, unflinching actress opportunities to sink her teeth into eccentric character roles like her revered turn in "About Schmidt" (2002), as well as charismatic supporting roles in "Titanic" (1997) and "Primary Colors" (1998). Bates enjoyed a third career incarnation as a director, beginning with network police dramas, before earning acclaim both behind and in front of the camera on HBO's darkly comic "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05). Her work in films like the marital drama "Revolutionary Road" (2008), the crowd-pleasing "The Blind Side" (2009), bawdy comedy sequel"Bad Santa 2" (2016) and as one of the stars of Ryan Murphy's "American Horror Story" (FX 2011- ) franchise kept the performer in high esteem with both critics and audiences. Still in her prime, Bates continued to break the Hollywood law of averages by letting her talent rather than her age define her as an actress.

Credits

Matlock

Actor
Madeline "Matty" Matlock
Series
2024

Matlock

Executive Producer
Series
2024

A Family Affair

Actor
Movie
2024

Summer Camp

Actor
Ginny
Movie
2024

The Great Lillian Hall

Actor
Movie
2024

The Great Lillian Hall

Executive Producer
Movie
2024

Are You There God? It's Me, MargaretStream

Actor
Sylvia Simon
Movie
2023
99%

The Miracle ClubStream

Actor
Eileen Dunne
Movie
2023
66%

Home

Actor
Bernadette
Movie
2020

The Kelly Clarkson ShowStream

Guest
Talk
2019

The HighwaymenStream

Actor
Governor Ma Ferguson
Movie
2019
58%

Richard JewellStream

Actor
Bobi Jewell
Movie
2019
77%

American Horror Story: ApocalypseStream

Actor
Miriam Mead
Miniseries
2018
79%

Stand Up to Cancer

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Show
2018

American Horror Story: Apocalypse: Extras

Actor
Show
2018

On the Basis of SexStream

Actor
Dorothy Kenyon
Movie
2018
72%

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

Actor
Barbara Haggermaker
Movie
2018

DisjointedStream

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Ruth
Series
2017
19%

Hansel and Gretel: Full Story

Actor
Show
2017

Hansel and Gretel

Actor
Show
2017

Krystal

Actor
Vera
Movie
2017

American Horror Story: Roanoke

Actor
Agnes Mary Winstead/Thomasin 'The Butcher' White
Show
2016

Today's Take

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Show
2016

ChelseaStream

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Talk
2016
41%

The Great Gilly Hopkins

Actor
Maime Trotter
Movie
2016

The Boss

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Ida Marquette
Movie
2016

Bad Santa 2Stream

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Sunny Soke
Movie
2016
23%

Complete Unknown

Actor
Nina
Movie
2016

GGN on Revolt

Guest
Show
2015

American Horror Story: HotelStream

Actor
Iris
Series
2015

American Horror Story: Hotel: Extras

Actor
Show
2015

The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStream

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Talk
2015

Lip Sync BattleStream

Contestant
Reality
2015

The Late Late Show With James Corden

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Talk
2015

American Horror Story: Freak Show

Actor
Ethel Darling
Show
2014

Roe Vs Wade

Actor
Show
2014

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

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Talk
2014

Tammy

Actor
Lenore
Movie
2014

Boychoir

Actor
Headmistress
Movie
2014

When Marnie Was There

Voice
Mrs. Kadoya
Movie
2014

American Horror Story: Coven

Actor
Madame Delphine LaLaurie
Show
2013

American Horror Story: Asylum: Cast and Creators Live at PALEYFEST

Guest
Show
2013

Entertainment Studios.TV

Guest
Show
2012

LIVE with Kelly

Guest
Talk
2011

Anderson

Guest
Show
2011

Harry's Law

Actor
Series
2011
43%

The Gayle King Show

Guest
Show
2011

A Little Bit of Heaven

Actor
Beverly Corbett
Movie
2011

Midnight in ParisStream

Actor
Gert
Movie
2011
93%

You May Not Kiss the Bride

Actor
Bryan's Mother
Movie
2011

ConanStream

Guest
Talk
2010

The Talk

Guest
Talk
2010

Mike & MollyStream

Guest Star
Kay McKinnon
Series
2010

The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club

Voice
Show
2010

Valentine's DayStream

Actor
Susan
Movie
2010
18%

Alice

Actor
Show
2009

The Dr. Oz Show

Guest
Talk
2009

The Project

Guest
Show
2009

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Guest
Talk
2009

Chéri

Actor
Charlotte Peloux
Movie
2009

Personal Effects

Actor
Gloria
Movie
2009

The Blind SideStream

Actor
Miss Sue
Movie
2009
66%

The Bonnie Hunt Show

Guest
Talk
2008

The Wendy Williams Show

Guest
Talk
2008

Revolutionary RoadStream

Actor
Helen Givings
Movie
2008
67%

The Day the Earth Stood StillStream

Actor
Regina Jackson
Movie
2008
21%

The Family That PreysStream

Actor
Charlotte
Movie
2008
53%

Hollywood Shootout

Guest
Show
2007

The Big Bang TheoryStream

Guest Star
Mrs. Fowler
Series
2007
81%

Bee MovieStream

Voice
Janet Benson
Movie
2007

Fred ClausStream

Actor
Mother Claus
Movie
2007

P.S. I Love You

Actor
Patricia
Movie
2007

The Golden CompassStream

Voice
Hester
Movie
2007
42%

Christmas Is Here Again

Voice
Miss Dowdy
Movie
2007

Relative Strangers

Actor
Agnes Menure
Movie
2006

Charlotte's WebStream

Voice
Bitsy
Movie
2006
79%

Failure to LaunchStream

Actor
Sue
Movie
2006
23%

Bonneville

Actor
Margene
Movie
2006

3 & 3

Actor
The Judge
Movie
2006

Entertainment Tonight Canada

Guest
Show
2005

The OfficeStream

Guest Star
Jo Bennett
Series
2005
81%

American DadStream

Guest Voice
D.O. Rothy
Series
2005

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson

Guest
Talk
2005

Warm Springs

Actor
Helena Mahoney
Movie
2005

Ambulance Girl

Actor
Jane Stern
Movie
2005

Ambulance Girl

Director
Movie
2005

Rumor Has It ...

Actor
Aunt Mitsy
Movie
2005

Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy

Voice
Show
2004

The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing

Actor
Show
2004

Tavis Smiley

Guest
Talk
2004

Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy

Voice
The Sea Hag
Movie
2004

Around the World in 80 Days

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Queen Victoria
Movie
2004

Little Black BookStream

Actor
Kippie Kann
Movie
2004
22%

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Actor
The Marquesa
Movie
2004

Two and a Half MenStream

Guest Star
Charlie Harper
Series
2003
65%

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Guest
Talk
2003

EverwoodStream

Director
Series
2002
93%

Dr. PhilStream

Guest
Talk
2002

My Sister's Keeper

Actor
Christine Chapman
Movie
2002

Dragonfly

Actor
Mrs. Belmont
Movie
2002

About SchmidtStream

Actor
Roberta Hertzel
Movie
2002
85%

Love Liza

Actor
Mary Ann Bankhead
Movie
2002

Unconditional Love

Actor
Grace Beasley
Movie
2002

Six Feet UnderStream

Director
Series
2001
81%

Six Feet UnderStream

Guest Star
Bettina
Series
2001
81%

Live With Regis and Kelly

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Show
2001

Rat RaceStream

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Squirrel Lady
Movie
2001
45%

American OutlawsStream

Actor
Ma James
Movie
2001
13%

Bruno

Actor
Mother Superior
Movie
2000

The Daily Show With Jon StewartStream

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Talk
1999

Dash and Lilly

Director
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1999

AnnieStream

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Miss Agatha Hannigan
Movie
1999

Primary ColorsStream

Actor
Libby Holden
Movie
1998
80%

The WaterboyStream

Actor
Helen 'Mama' Boucher
Movie
1998
33%

The Effects of Magic

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Voice of Raphaella
Movie
1998

The View

Guest
Talk
1997

OzStream

Director
Series
1997
93%

King of the HillStream

Guest Voice
Patrol Officer Jane Cooper
Series
1997

Swept From the Sea

Actor
Miss Swaffer
Movie
1997

TitanicStream

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The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Movie
1997
88%

3rd Rock from the SunStream

Guest Star
Series
1996

The Late ShiftStream

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Helen Kushnick
Movie
1996

DiaboliqueStream

Actor
Shirley Voguel
Movie
1996
23%

The War at Home

Actor
Maurine Collier
Movie
1996

Curse of the Starving Class

Actor
Ella Tate
Movie
1995

Dolores ClaiborneStream

Actor
Dolores Claiborne
Movie
1995
85%

Angus

Actor
Meg Bethune
Movie
1995

The West Side Waltz

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Mr. Goo
Movie
1995

Inside the Actors Studio

Guest
Talk
1994

North

Actor
Alaskan Mom
Movie
1994

El Grito de los Rehenes

Actor
Movie
1993

Hostages

Actor
Peggy Say
Movie
1993

A Home of Our OwnStream

Actor
Frances Lacey
Movie
1993
55%

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

Guest
Talk
1992

Shadows and Fog

Actor
Prostitute
Movie
1992

Prelude to a Kiss

Actor
Leah Blier
Movie
1992

Used People

Actor
Bibby Berman
Movie
1992

The Road to Mecca

Actor
Elsa Barlow
Movie
1992

At Play in the Fields of the Lord

Actor
Hazel Quarrier
Movie
1991

Fried Green TomatoesStream

Actor
Evelyn Couch
Movie
1991
76%

Men Don't Leave

Actor
Lisa Coleman
Movie
1990

White Palace

Actor
Rosemary
Movie
1990
50%

MiseryStream

Actor
Annie Wilkes
Movie
1990
91%

High Stakes

Actor
Jill
Movie
1989

No Place Like Home

Actor
Bonnie Cooper
Movie
1989

Arthur 2: On the Rocks

Actor
Mrs. Canby
Movie
1988

Summer Heat

Actor
Ruth
Movie
1987

Un Torrente Verano

Actor
Movie
1987

Murder Ordained

Actor
Bobbi Birk
Movie
1987

L'Été dans la peau

Actor
Movie
1987

Johnny Bull

Actor
Katherine Kovacs
Movie
1986

The Morning After

Actor
Woman on Mateo Street
Movie
1986

Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy DeanStream

Actor
Stella Mae
Movie
1982
86%

CBS News Sunday Morning

Guest
News
1979

Straight TimeStream

Actor
Selma Darin
Movie
1978
83%

Good Morning America

Guest
News
1975

Today

Guest
News
1952

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