Nicholas John Tate
18 June 1942
|Known for||Space: 1999 as Alan Carter|
Sons and Daughters as James Hamilton
Nicholas John Tate (born 18 June 1942) is an Australian actor popularly known for his roles as pilot Alan Carter in the 1970s science fiction television series Space: 1999, and James Hamilton in the 1980s Australian soap opera Sons and Daughters.
Additionally, Tate has had a successful voiceover career in movie trailers, in animation and in video games.
Life and career
Tate was born in Sydney. His parents were the actors John Tate and Neva Carr Glyn. His maternal grandparents were also actors, originally from Ireland and Great Britain, who performed in vaudeville. His father, of Russian descent, also had a connection to the works of Space:1999 creator Gerry Anderson, being a secondary voice actor in Thunderbirds.
Tate's big break came with the Australian television series My Brother Jack, followed by a production of the musical The Canterbury Tales where he played "Nicholas the Gallant" for eighteen months on stage and on tour throughout the country. This was followed by the 1970 Australian television series Dynasty about a rich, powerful family, where he joined his father John Tate for the first time onscreen; the two playing father and son roles.
Tate portrayed astronaut Alan Carter in the British science fiction series Space: 1999, which was broadcast from 1975 to 1977, though the series began production in late 1973. In 1976, he broke through in film with an AACTA award-winning role in the movie The Devil's Playground. He continued to work in film with supporting roles in a number of theatrical films, including The Year My Voice Broke, Richard Attenborough's Cry Freedom, Return from the River Kwai, Evil Angels, and Steven Spielberg's Hook. From 1985 to 1986, he portrayed James Hamilton in the Australian soap opera Sons and Daughters. Tate has also made guest appearances on numerous American TV shows, such as The X-Files, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Star Trek: The Next Generation (in the 1990 episode "Final Mission"), Murder, She Wrote, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (in the 1998 episode "Honor Among Thieves"), Farscape and in the Lost episode "Tabula Rasa".
On stage, Tate appeared in the TRIP (Tony Rudlin Ingrid Pitt Productions) stage production of Duty Free (later known as Don't Bother To Dress), by Emmerdale writer Neville Siggs, which ran from 1976 to 1977 at the Bristol Hippodrome. In 2006 he played the leading role of Captain Edward J. Smith in the Australian premiere of the musical Titanic.
Tate is also known for his voiceover work in theatrical trailers for such films as Jurassic Park and Mission: Impossible,, clip-on bumpers for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment from 2005-2006 as well as work in commercials, including Guinness beer spots airing beginning in 2006. Tate and four other well known voice artists (Don LaFontaine, John Leader, Mark Elliot, and Al Chalk) parodied their individual voiceover styles en route to an awards show in a 1997 short film, 5 Men and a Limo.
Tate resides in both Australia and the US.
- The Skin of Our Teeth (TV Movie 1959)
- A Man for All Seasons (1966) – Master at Arms (uncredited)
- Submarine X-1 (1968) – Leading Seaman X-1
- The Oblong Box (1969) – Young Man in Tavern (uncredited)
- Battle of Britain (1969) – RAF Pilot (uncredited)
- The Devil's Playground (1976) – Brother Victor
- The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It (1977) – 1st Australian
- Summerfield (1977) – Simon Robinson
- The Day After Tomorrow, Into Infinity (TV Movie 1976) – Captain Harry Masters
- Undercover Lover (1979) – Jensen Fury
- The Empty Beach (1985) – Brian Henneberry
- Ivanhoe (TV Movie 1986) – Sir Cedric (voice)
- The Year My Voice Broke (1987) – Sergeant Pierce
- Cry Freedom (1987) – Richie
- Evil Angels (1988) – Charlwood
- Return from the River Kwai (1989) – Lt. Commander Hunt
- Steel and Lace (1991) – Duncan
- Hook (1991) – Noodler
- The Public Eye (1992) – Henry Haddock Jr.
- Bed of Roses (1996) – Bayard
- The Junction Boys (TV Movie 2002) – Smokey Harper
- The Vanished (Short 2005) – Roy
- The Gene Generation (2007) – Doctor
- Killer Elite (2011) – Commander B
- Qian Xuesen (2012) – Kimball
- The Great Gatsby (2013) – Taxi Driver
- Lupin III (2014) – Thomas Dawson
- The Snow Queen 2: An Icy Adventure (2015) – Guard (voice)
- Firestorm (TV Movie 2018/II) – NASA Chief (voice)
- My Brother Jack (Miniseries 1965) – Davey
- Dynasty (1970–71) – Peter Mason
- Homicide (1972–73) – Joseph Taylor / John Mason / Barry West
- Behind the Legend (1974) – Captain Sanderson
- NBC Special Treat (1975) – Capt. Harry Masters
- Space: 1999 (1975–77) – Alan Carter
- Play for Today (1980) – Steve Jackson
- The Gentle Touch (1981) – Johnny Delvaux
- A Country Practice (1982) – Graham Porter
- Patrol Boat (1983) – Major Winn
- The Gold and the Glory (1984) – Joe Lucas
- Butterfly Island (1985)
- Sons and Daughters (1985-86) – James Hamilton
- Star Trek: The Next Generation (1990) – Dirgo
- Silent Cries (1993)
- Red Planet (Miniseries short 1994) – Colony Leader
- The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (1996) – Darcy / Hunter #2 / Pirate #2 / Pirate #3 (voices)
- Cow & Chicken (1997) – English Guy 52 / Egg Buyer (voices)
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1998) – Liam Bilby
- The X-Files (1999) – Dr. Eugene Openshaw
- The Lost World (Miniseries 2001) – Dr. William Gull
- Farscape (2003) – R. Wilson Munroe
- Lost (2004) - Dr. Smee
- The Devil's Playground: Filmmaking by Faith (Video short 2008) - Himself - Actor – Brother Victor
- East of Everything (2009) – Gerry Watkins
- The Pacific (Miniseries 2010) – Tom Smee
- Rake (2016) – Julian Tallow
- The Blacklist (2017) – Arthur Kilgannon
- The Strange Chores (2019) – Helsing (voice)
- Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (Video Game 1996) – Prince Xizor (PC version) / IG-88 (PC version) (voices)
- Escape from Monkey Island (Video Game 2000) – Ozzie Mandrill (voice)
- Flushed Away (Video Game 2006) - Fat Barry (voice)
- Mad Max (Video Game 2015) – The Mystic (voice)
- Psychonauts 2 (Video Game 2021) - Compton Boole / Dr. Potts (voices)
- The Canterbury Tales - "Nicholas the Gallant" (18 month Australian tour)
- Duty Free (later known as Don't Bother To Dress) (1976-77) at the Bristol Hippodrome.
- Titanic (2006) - Captain Edward J. Smith (Australian premiere)