When Sir Alan Bates died in December of 2003, he was remembered for dozens of stage and screen roles spanning five decades. Bates gave his all to every character he played, right down to his last, in Fortune's Fool on Broadway, when he was already ill with pancreatic cancer. He won the Tony Award for Best Actor that year. Yet he was the definitive non-star star, the quiet chameleon who never made the gossip pages. In spite of his dark good looks, he deliberately avoided becoming a Hollywood heartthrob.