Kathy Bates filmography

The following is a comprehensive list of acting and directing credits from actress Kathy Bates. With over 200 acting and directing credits to her name, Bates is perhaps best known for her breakout role in the 1990 horror film Misery, based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. Her role as Annie Wilkes was met with much praise, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama the following year. Since then she has acted in numerous other films, in both comedy and drama categories, earning two additional Academy Award nominations as well as seven total Golden Globe Award nominations.

Kathy Bates filmography
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Years active1963–present

In 2011, Bates starred as Harriet Korn on the NBC legal drama series Harry's Law, her first starring role on television. The show ran for two seasons and Bates was nominated for two consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards. In 2013, she starred in the third season of the FX anthology horror series American Horror Story, subtitled American Horror Story: Coven. Bates won her second Emmy Award for her role in the series.



Year Title Role Notes
1971 Taking Off Audition Singer Credited as Bobo Bates
1978 Straight Time Selma Darin
1982 Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean Stella Mae
1983 Two of a Kind Furniture Man's Wife
1986 The Morning After Woman on Mateo Street
1987 Murder Ordained Bobbi Birk
1987 Summer Heat Ruth Stanton
1987 My Best Friend Is a Vampire Helen Blake Credited as Kathy D. Bates
1988 Arthur 2: On the Rocks Mrs. Canby
1989 Signs of Life Mary Beth Alder
1989 High Stakes Jill
1990 Men Don't Leave Lisa Coleman
1990 Dick Tracy Mrs. Green
1990 White Palace Rosemary Powers
1990 Misery Annie Wilkes
1991 Shadows and Fog Prostitute
1991 At Play in the Fields of the Lord Hazel Quarrier
1991 Fried Green Tomatoes Evelyn Couch
1991 The Road to Mecca Elsa Barlow
1992 Prelude to a Kiss Leah Blier
1992 Used People Bibby Berman
1993 Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun Lunar Mom Direct-to-video
1993 A Home of Our Own Frances Lacey
1994 North Alaskan Mom
1994 Curse of the Starving Class Ella Tate
1995 Dolores Claiborne Dolores Claiborne
1995 Angus Meg Bethune
1996 Diabolique Det. Shirley Vogel
1996 The War at Home Maurine Collier
1997 Swept from the Sea Miss Swaffer
1997 Titanic Molly Brown
1998 Primary Colors Libby Holden
1998 The Effects of Magic Raphaella, the Magic Bunny Voice
1998 The Waterboy Helen "Mama" Boucher
1998 A Civil Action Bankruptcy Judge Uncredited Cameo
1999 Baby Steps Mrs. Mellon Short film
2000 Bruno Mother Superior
2001 Rat Race The Squirrel Lady Uncredited Cameo
2001 American Outlaws Ma James
2002 Love Liza Mary Ann Bankhead
2002 Dragonfly Mrs. Miriam Belmont
2002 About Schmidt Roberta Hertzel
2002 Unconditional Love Grace Beasley
2004 Around the World in 80 Days Queen Victoria
2004 Little Black Book Kippie Kann
2004 Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy The Sea Hag Voice
2004 The Ingrate The Judge Short film
2004 The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing Narrator Documentary
2004 The Bridge of San Luis Rey The Marquesa
2005 Hansel and Gretel Narrator Direct-to-video
2005 Rumor Has It... Aunt Mitsy Uncredited Cameo
2006 Failure to Launch Sue
2006 Solace Marrow's Wife Short film
2006 Relative Strangers Agnes Menure
2006 Bonneville Margene Cunningham
2006 Charlotte's Web Bitsy Voice
2006 Guilty Hearts The Judge
2007 Bee Movie Janet Benson Voice
2007 Fred Claus Mother Claus
2007 The Golden Compass Hester Voice
2007 P.S. I Love You Patricia Reilly
2007 Christmas Is Here Again Miss Dowdy Voice
2008 The Family That Preys Charlotte Cartwright
2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still Secretary of Defense Regina Jackson
2008 Revolutionary Road Helen Givings
2008 Personal Effects Gloria
2009 Chéri Madame Charlotte Peloux
2009 The Blind Side Miss Sue
2009 The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club Narrator Documentary
2010 Valentine's Day Susan Milton
2011 Midnight in Paris Gertrude Stein
2011 You May Not Kiss the Bride Mrs. Lighthouse
2011 A Little Bit of Heaven Beverly Corbett
2014 Tammy Lenore
2014 When Marnie Was There Mrs. Kadoya Voice
2015 Boychoir Headmistress
2015 The Great Gilly Hopkins Maime Trotter
2016 The Boss Ida Marquette
2016 Complete Unknown Nina
2016 Bad Santa 2 Sunny Soke
2017 Krystal Vera
2018 The Death and Life of John F. Donovan Barbara Haggermaker
2018 On the Basis of Sex Dorothy Kenyon
2019 The Highwaymen Miriam A. Ferguson
2019 Richard Jewell Bobi Jewell
2022 The Miracle Club

Television filmsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Johnny Bull Katherine Kovacs
1987 Murder Ordained Bobbi Birk
1989 Roe vs. Wade Jessie
1989 No Place Like Home Boonie Cooper
1992 Hostages Peggy Say
1995 The West Side Waltz Mrs. Goo
1996 The Late Shift Helen Kushnick
1999 Annie Miss Agatha Hannigan
2000 Possessed Student Credited as Katherine Bates
2002 My Sister's Keeper Christine Chapman
2005 Ambulance Girl Jane Stern
2005 Warm Springs Helena Mahoney


Year Title Role Notes
1977 The Doctors Phyllis Unknown episode
1978 The Love Boat Sally Allison Episode: "Too Hot to Handle / Family Reunion / Cinderella Story"
1984 All My Children Belle Bodelle Unknown episode
1984 One Life to Live Evelyn Maddox Episode: "December 17, 1984"
1986 Cagney & Lacey Brenda Harris Episode: "Revenge"
1986–1987 St. Elsewhere Polly 2 episodes
1989 China Beach Nurse Jan Wyatt Episode: "The World (Part 2)"
1989 L.A. Law Charlotte Haley Episode: "One Rat, One Ranger"
1993 American Experience Narrator Episode: "Amelia Earhart: The Price of Courage"
1994 The Stand Rae Flowers Episode: "The Plague"; uncredited
1999 3rd Rock from the Sun Charlotte Everly Episode: "Alien Hunter"
2000 MADtv Stuart's Grandma Episode: "#6.2"
2001 King of the Hill Police Officer Voice; Episode: "Lupe's Revenge"
2003–2005 Six Feet Under Bettina 10 episodes
2004 American Experience Narrator Episode: "Tupperware!"
2009 Alice Queen of Hearts 2 episodes
2010–2011 The Office Jo Bennett 8 episodes
2011–2012 Harry's Law Harriet Korn 34 episodes
2012 Two and a Half Men Charlie Harper (ghost) Episode: "Why We Gave Up Women"
2013–2014 American Horror Story: Coven Delphine LaLaurie 10 episodes
2014–2015 American Horror Story: Freak Show Ethel Darling 10 episodes
2014–2015 Mike & Molly Kay McKinnon 2 episodes
2015–2016 American Horror Story: Hotel Iris 11 episodes
2015 American Dad! D.O. Rothy (voice) Episode: "Manhattan Magical Murder Mystery Tour"
2016 American Horror Story: Roanoke Thomasin White / The Butcher 5 episodes
Agnes Mary Winstead 4 episodes
2017 Feud: Bette and Joan Joan Blondell 5 episodes
2017–2018 Disjointed Ruth Whitefeather Feldman 20 episodes
2018 Lip Sync Battle Herself Episode: "Kathy Bates vs. Tone Bell"
2018 The Big Bang Theory Mrs. Fowler 3 episodes
2018 American Horror Story: Apocalypse Miriam Mead 10 episodes
Delphine LaLaurie Episode: "Apocalypse Then"
2021 American Horror Story season 10 TBA Upcoming season


Year Title Role Notes
1975 Casserole Performer Playwrights Horizons, Off-Broadway
1975 A Quality of Mercy Performer
1976 Vanities Joanne
1979 The Art of Dining Herrick Simmons The Public Theater, Off-Broadway
1980 Goodbye Fidel Isabel New Ambassador Theatre, Broadway
1980 Fifth of July June Talley (replacement) New Apollo Theatre, Broadway
1982 Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean Stella May Martin Beck Theatre, Broadway
1983–84 'night, Mother Jessie Cates American Repertory Theatre
John Golden Theatre, Broadway
Music Box Theatre, Broadway
1985 Curse of the Starving Class Ella Promenade Theatre, Off-Broadway
1987 Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune Frankie Manhattan Theatre Club, Off-Broadway
Westside Theatre, Broadway
1988 The Road to Mecca Elsa Barlow (replacement) Promenade Theatre; Off-Broadway
2006 Master Class Maria Callas Stage Reading
Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway


Year Title Notes
1995 Great Performances Episode: "Talking With"
1996 Homicide: Life on the Street Episode: "Scene of the Crime"
1997 NYPD Blue Episode: "I Love Lucy"
1998 Oz Episode: "Family Bizness"
1999 Dash and Lilly
2001–03 Six Feet Under 5 episodes
2002 Everwood Episode: "The Great Doctor Brown"
2003 Fargo Unsold TV pilot
2005 Ambulance Girl
2006 Have Mercy

See alsoEdit


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  • "Kathy Bates – Filmography". Internet Movie Database. IMDb. imdb.com. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  • "Kathy Bates – Filmography". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  • "Kathy Bates – Filmography". Film Reference. Advameg. filmreference.com. Retrieved 2014-10-24.