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Another one bites the dust....
Family 'in shock' over actor Pate's sudden death
September 2, 2008 - 7:41AM
Michael Pate's family is in shock over his sudden death as he was healthy until a recent lung infection, long-time family friend Jacqui Bosanac has said.
The Australian actor, writer and director has died at the age of 88.
However Ms Bosanac says son Christopher Pate has decided to try and finish a film script his father was working on before he died.
"Just previous to him going into hospital he was sitting at his computer," she said.
"All he did was ever work ... he was working on a script which hasn't been finished and I think Christopher's going to try and finish it off."
Pate was born in Sydney in 1920 and began his career as an interviewer for the ABC.
During World War II he served in the army's entertainment unit.
He then moved to the United States and appeared in over 300 television shows such as Mission Impossible, Get Smart and Rawhide before returning to Australia in the late 1960s.
He won two Logie Awards for television production, starred in TV series Matlock Police, and adapted the award-winning screenplay for the movie Tim, starring Mel Gibson.
As well as his actor son Christopher, Pate is survived by his wife Felippa Rock - also an actor - five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Silver screen memories
In an interview Pate said his time in Hollywood was a memorable experience.
"In that first nine years, I probably worked in about 30-odd feature films and did play with some marvellous people.
"The well-known players like Marlon Brando and David Niven, but also with the western stars, John Wayne, Randolph Scott."
Pate also said he got a reputation in Hollywood for playing Indians in western movies, even though they involved only 25 of his 350 film roles.
"It was very unusual for and a white [person] to be playing Indians or Mexicans or cowboys in any case," he said.
"It was very unusual for an Australian over in America to be doing it.
"So naturally every time I played a bloody cowboy or an Indian or something, everyone [had] big headlines 'Pate plays another Indian'."
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