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Larry Gates, American Actor. Recipient Outstanding Achievement award University Minnesota, 1976, Emmy award for outstanding supporting actor in drama series Guiding Light, 1985.


Gates, Larry was born on September 24, 1915 in St. Paul. Son of Lloyd Roland and Marion Douglas (Wheaton) Gates.


Student, University Minnesota, 1933-1938.


(He had previously played the role of District Attorney Eric Van Gelder on Guiding Light in 1977 and 1978)\r\nGates had a long career in film, television, and theater. He appeared in the Broadway productions of The Teahouse of the August Moon (1953) Bell, Book and Candle (1956) and A Case of Libel (1964). Gates played Polonius opposite Sam Waterston in a New York revival of Hamlet.

He starred in the 1976 Broadway play Poor Murderer, which is about an actor who questions whether or not he, who is playing Hamlet, actually killed the actor playing Polonius, or if it was just a dream. His film credits included Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), The Strange One (1957), The Brothers Rico (1957), Some Came Running (1958), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), One Foot in Hell (1960), Underworld U.S.A. (1961), The Young Savages (1961), Ada (1961), Toys in the Attic (1963), Cattle King (1963), The Sand Pebbles (1966), In the Heat of the Night (1967), Hour of the Gun (1967), of a Gunfighter (1969), Airport (1970), Lucky Luciano (1973), and Funny Lady (1975). On television, Gates had numerous roles on such anthology drama series as Philco Television Playhouse, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone, Goodyear Television Playhouse, Kraft Television Theatre, Studio One, and Playhouse 90.

He continued to make dozens of guest appearances in a wide variety of primetime series, including Bonanza, Route 66, The Defenders, Rawhide, and Twelve O'Clock High. He played the role of Secretary of State Dean Rusk in the 1974 teleplay The Missiles of October, and played President Herbert Hoover in the 1979 miniseries Backstairs at the White House. Gates died of leukemia in 1996.


  • He played the role of Lewis from 1983 to 1996 and received the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor at the 1985 awards.


  • Other Work

    • Appeared in Broadway play Bell, Book and Candle, 1951, The Love of Four Colonels, 1952, The Teahouse of the August Moon, 1953, First Monday in October, 1979, Poor Murderer, 1976, A Case of Libel, 1963 (nominated for Tony award). Member national tour The Gin Game, 1982. Appeared in The Missiles of October, The Lou Grant Show, Backstairs at the White House.

      (films) The Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Some Came Running, The Sand Pebbles, In the Heat of the Night.


Vice chairman Democratic Town Committee, Cornwall, Connecticut, 1958-1981. Democratic candidate for Connecticut senate, 1972. Chairman Cornwall Recreation Commission, 1966-1977.

Vice chairman Housatonic River Commission, Warren, Connecticut, 1978. Served to major C.E. Army of the United States, 1941-1949, PTO. Member American Federation of television and Radio Artists, Screen Actors Guild, Society Stage Directors and Choreographers, Episcopal Actors' Guild (councillor New York City 1977-1996), Players Club New York City.


Married Tania Wilkof, August 2, 1959 (deceased September 1961). Married Judith Seaton, April 11, 1963.

Lloyd Roland Gates

Marion Douglas (Wheaton) Gates

Judith Seaton

Tania Wilkof