Bates Wilder


Actor in film, television and stage. Bates has been a professional actor for almost 30 years now. He’s worked in Boston, New York, and Hollywood as an award winning stage actor (2007 IRNE award for Best Actor in Boston, and 2008 IRNE award for Best Supporting Actor in Boston). He also appeared in the critically acclaimed, Waiting for Godot with Austin Pendelton. In film Bates has appeared in many day player roles and has been honored to do scene work with some of the following talented actors, Chris Walken in “Maiden Heist”, Christopher Reeves in “The Last Ferry Home”, Richard Gere in “Hachiko”, Benjamin Barnes in “Valediction” , Amanda Peat, Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo in “What Doesn’t Kill You”, Mark Ruffalo, Leonardo Decaprio in “Shutter Island”, Lawrence Fishburne in “Mystic River”, as well as Pat Morita and Hilary Swank in “The Next Karate Kid”. It is also worth mentioning, that Bates had an integral role in the multiple award-winning and independent film festival winning, “Replacement Child”. In Television, Bates was best known for his recurring role as the hapless, ne’er-do-well brother-in-law for three seasons on Showtime’s “Brotherhood”. Rounding off Bates accomplishments in the acting business, he has appeared in countless local and national commercials playing a wide range of characters from the goofy and obscure, to the poignant and dramatic, and many others in-between.

As a teacher, Bates has been with CP off and on over the last score of years, advised the Scituate Public School Drama departments for some 10 years, Has been an independent contractor as an instructor at Emerson College since 2002 and an adjunct at BU since 2008.  Bates loves the creative art of acting and does not pull his punches as an instructor.  He will let you know how he feels and will nurture your abilities and work to get the best out of his students.


Here's what a former student had to say about Bates:

Bates - it's only when cared for that a flower flourishes...or some such crunchy saying....anyway, speaking of crunchy, I found you to be the first granola-free, down to earth, straight from the hip acting instructor I've ever had the pleasure of learning from (ACTUALLY learning - right out of the gate, instead of spending time interpreting, scratching my poor, tired, bleached-out head) speak the same language as (most of) the class, your lessons peppered with halarity, honesty, real industry experience, and patience only a father of four could hold, made the whole experience so gratifying, that i'm retaking scene study next session...