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Jon-Paul Gates is an actor who has starred in 55 feature films, predominantly playing the anatagonist. Was born in Greenford, Middlesex under the name of Jon Morrey. He spent most of his childhood in a village near Doncaster, South Yorkshire and aspired to becoming a professional footballer before his career was cut short through injury and so decided on a career "treading the boards" instead.
Whilst attending Humberside University he got his first break starring as Allan Hindle in the BBC's soap, Eldorado. Due the show's unpopularity, he changed his professional name to Jon-Paul Gates in 1994. After various short films and a Channel 4 TV series, Focus North, he starred in his first feature film Cold Fish in 1999, playing the lead role of Alex. In 2001, he secured lead roles in Palm Tree's The Hawk & the Dove and played the antagonist Ida in Winter Warrior; which entered the top 10 DVD films in Russia in 2004. From 2002 to 2006 he accumulated more films in Europe; The Prodigal, Red Rose, Axe Raiders before trying his luck in the USA. After getting his big break in vampire flick Revamped, he starred in The Asylum's Dragon, with Gary Busey in Beyond the Ring and Danny Trejo in Dark Games. Travelling back and forth, he played the evil priest opposite Jeff Fahey and Martin Kove in Messages, Peter in Carmen's Kiss with Hugo Speer and Bruce Payne. Gates has also worked with Bruce Payne on Disturbance.
Jon-Paul Gates continues to work internationally portraying a variety of characters. Recently he has starred as Mr. Draper in Dance Star, playing the robotic uver voices in Dark Side of Heaven; an alcoholic in Blood Forest, a boxer turned gangster in Villains, a medium in the Haunted franchise, a lawyer with a coke habit in Essex Boys:Retribution and a journalist who perishes in the 1958 Munich Air Disaster with Brian Cox in Believe.
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