Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Peter Wyngarde, Alan Bates and cock-cocking

My item on actor Peter Wyngarde, 74, and the likeness of his Jason King look to the latest Maddie snatcher suspect image (Private Eye thinks it more like George Harrison) seems to have provoked the intense interest of Durabitch, or Daughter Of A Bitch, who questions whether Mr Wyngarde ever cock-cocked with Alan Bates. Personally I don't know or care, but Donald Spoto wrote Otherwise Engaged: The Life Of Alan Bates, which was serialised last May in the Mail. Here's an excerpt:

"While he [Bates] liked to appear publicly with women, and to cuddle with them privately, his deepest romances and his most passionate sexual life occurred with men.

"Among them were the Olympic skater John Curry and the actor Peter Wyngarde, best known for his role as the television sleuth Jason King.

"Alan enjoyed an intense, two-year romance with Curry while still married to Victoria Ward. When he later discovered that Curry was suffering the ravages of Aids, he tended his old flame throughout his last days. Curry eventually died in his arms.

"His relationship with Wyngarde lasted a decade, and there were other serious, long-term male lovers."

No doubt Durabitch will now be demanding an affidavit, but there you go.

Incidentally, at Imdb.com, the film database, the following will be read of Bates:

"A closeted bisexual, Bates' clandestine male relationships included those of actor Peter Wyngarde, whom he lived with for ten years; stage actor Nickolas Grace, whom he met while performing The Taming of the Shrew with the Royal Shakespeare Company; British figure skater John Curry; and, his longest relationship, artist Gerard Hastings."

1 comment:

The Daughter-of-a-Bitch said...

All right, all right. I should register on IMDb, I know.
So Alan Bates was bi, good for him. But I stick to my guns about Laurence Olivier. ;-)
And for God's sake don't call me Durabitch. I want nothing to do with that rude individual.