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Warren Oates: A Wild Life (Screen Classics)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Though he never quite reached the lead actor status he worked so relentlessly to achieve, Warren Oates (1928-1982) is known today as one of the most memorable and skilled character actors of the 1960s and 1970s. With his rugged looks and measured demeanor, Oates crafted complex characters that were at once brazen and thoughtful, wild and subdued. Warren Oates: A Wild Life ...more
Hardcover, 502 pages
Published March 16th 2009 by University Press of Kentucky
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Jim
Apr 02, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it
I never particularly cared for Warren Oates. He was always portraying villains and losers on TV and on the big screen, and I can't immediately recall any TV show or movie in which he did not die by gunfire. And that was a good thing, that death, because it was exactly what you had been hoping for. Oates was so despicable in most roles you actually wanted him to die, and that is the mark of a good character actor, being able to draw you into the movie in that way. It helps if the actor is playing ...more
Karla
Feb 11, 2010 Karla rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, film
Since I'm a relative newb to Oates' life (I've just seen a small handful of his movies and several 50s/60s TV episodes & rate as a shallow fangirl), the book seemed pretty impressive and solid (if a bit unimaginative in its prose) until it reached the very late point in his career with the miniseries "The Blue & the Gray." As luck would have it, I have seen that epic at least a dozen times and the errors for that movie alone made me question mightily everything that Compo had previously ...more
Kyle Burley
Jan 08, 2015 Kyle Burley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Warren Oates seems on first sight grubby, balding, and unshaven. You can smell whisky and sweat on him, along with that mixture of bad beds and fallen women. He's toothy, he's small, and he has a face like prison bread... But for some of us, Oates is the only human being in pictures."
David Thomson
Jennifer Barbee
Aug 12, 2009 Jennifer Barbee rated it really liked it
Five stars for Warren Oates himself. What the man brought to film has no equal today. He was a capital-M Man. Not always a man's man, because however gruff he was, however weathered, he always had a twinkle in his eye that drew in the sympathies of women. He had one of those faces that showed every day he lived - and lived hard, at that. I miss those kinds of faces in movies, not all ironed out and stretched beyond human recognition. RIP Warren.

Three stars for Compo's writing. In her quest to ch
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Ray
Mar 05, 2012 Ray rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of Warren Oates by way of Sam Peckinpah's films. I enjoyed the book and he seems exactly the person I thought he'd be. I really wish I could have seen the stage version of "Cuckoo's Nest" with him in the role that Nicholson took for the film. I'm now intrigued by writer Thomas McGuane a writerof fiction that also directed films and dabbled in songwriting with the more common musical contemporaries of Oates and Peckinpah.

The book also provides a complete credit list including Oate
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Barry Hammond
Feb 09, 2014 Barry Hammond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although he acted in hits like Stripes (1981) and The Wild Bunch (1969) Ride The High Country (1962) Blue Thunder (1983)and many others some of his best performances were in films that were little seen like The Hired Hand (1971) Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia (1974) Cockfighter (1974)or 92 In The Shade (1975). That and an early death at age 52 has resulted in Warren Oates being little remembered today except by fans of his acting, which was both intense and highly realistic. More of a ...more
Derek
Oct 13, 2009 Derek rated it liked it
This is a 3 1/2 star book. If you're a big Oates fan you should definitely read it.

Compo has a lot of great material to present, but she does it in a really pedestrian, nondescript way. Her writing has no juice.

Teraberry
Sep 05, 2015 Teraberry rated it it was amazing
Great book! So many bad biographies... Lifeless regurgitations of dates and facts. This one gets to the guts and let's you see the man. But, hey I'm a fan...
Joe
Jun 20, 2009 Joe rated it it was amazing
Tremendous book. There was nobody better than Oates and this book serves him well. I was in tears at the end and I knew what was coming.

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