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Michael Pate

Born: 1920-02-26 - Died: 2008-09-01
Cause of Death:
Pneumonia & Chest Infection


Death Summary: Michael Pate died on September 1, 2008 at Gosford Hospital of pneumonia and a chest infection.

Who was Michael Pate : Pate was an Australian actor and writer who is best remembered for his roles on Gunsmoke, The Rifleman, Branded, The Virginian, Batman, Mission: Impossible, The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Get Smart, Rawhide to name a few.

Pate began breaking into films between 1946 and 1950. In 1949 he appeared in his first starring role in Sons of Matthew.

In 1963 he played the part of Arthur Reginald Evans in PT 109, the Australian coast watcher who helped rescue John F. Kennedy and his crew.

In 1979 Pate developed the screenplay for Tim from the novel by Colleen McCullough. The film would go on to star Mel Gibson and Piper Laurie. For his screenplay Pate won the Best Screenplay Award from the Australian Writers Guild.

Pate retired from the business in 2001.
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7 Signatures in Michael Pate's guestbook

  1. Deborah Says:

    He was a great actor!well done to him for changing the acting world as much as he did1

  2. mark laughlin Says:

    Saw him alot growing up, on tv shows and on Matlock when I was living in Melbourne in 1971 and 1972. He was very talented and I always liked his speaking voice. I wanted to meet him but sadly it never happened.

    Best, Mark…from Vancouver – Canada

  3. Josh Close Says:

    He sounds like a fantastic actor!!!

  4. Gabriel Simão Says:

    I saw “The Curse of Undead” in 1963. Since there I know Pate. I was 12 years old at that time. And another films (to TV like Hondo,Gunsmoke, Rawhide and others) besides longs like “Fort Bravo” proves he was a great actor front and behind camera

  5. JAMES BYRNE Says:

    Michael Pate was superb in so many movies of my childhood. My favourite is his portrayal of the Inca Chief Pachacutec in SECRET OF THE INCAS.
    http://www.secretoftheincas.co.uk

  6. Jenny Shea Says:

    Excellent actor. Played the part of a detective in
    Matlock very well. Will always be remembered as a
    great man and actor.

  7. Jarrard Says:

    Michael pate was guest to open the dahlia and arts festival in 1976 in eaglehawk, victoria. A small country towm, we were very excited to have the famous actor from matlock police. My father took his photo planting a tree and him sign the back of it which we he hold very proudly.


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