Gene Evans

Gene Evans

  • Born on
    • July 11th, 1922
  • Died on
    • April 1st, 1998
​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Gene Evans (July 11, 1922 - April 1, 1998) was an American actor. He was born in Holbrook, Arizona, but reared in Colton, California. His acting career began while he was serving in World War II. He performed with a theatrical troupe of GIs in Europe. Evans made his film debut in 1947 and appeared in dozens of movies and television programs. He specialized in playing tough guys like cowboys, sheriffs, convicts and sergeants. Evans appeared in numerous films produced, directed, and written by Samuel Fuller. In his memoirs A Third Face, Fuller described meeting Evans when casting his Korean War film The Steel Helmet in 1950. Fuller threw an M1 Garand rifle at Evans, who caught it and inspected it as a soldier would have done. Evans had been a U.S. Army engineer in the war. Fuller kept Evans and refused John Wayne for the role. and fighting to keep him despite Robert L. Lippert and his partner wanting Larry Parks for the role. Fuller walked off the film and would not return until Evans was reinstated. Evans also appeared in Fuller's Fixed Bayonets!, Hell and High Water, Shock Corridor and lost thirty pounds to play the lead in Park Row. Evans portrayed the authoritarian but wise father, Rob McLaughlin, on the 1956-1957 television series My Friend Flicka, based on a Western novel and film of the same name set in Wyoming. He appeared with Anita Louise (1915–1970) as his wife, Nell, Johnny Washbrook (born 1944) as his son, Ken, and fellow character actor Frank Ferguson (1899–1978), as the ranch handyman, Gus Broeberg, who addressed Evans as "Captain". In 1958, Evans co-starred as Major Al Arthur in the film Damn Citizen based on the life of crusading Louisiana State Police superintendent Francis Grevemberg. Keith Andes starred as Grevemberg. In the fall of 1976, Evans starred in the eleven-episode CBS adventure series Spencer's Pilots, with Christopher Stone, Todd Susman, and Britt Leach. In January 1979, Evans appeared as Garrison Southworth in one episode of CBS's Dallas in January 1979. He appeared in ten episodes of CBS's Gunsmoke with James Arness, including "The Snow Train" and "Tatum". In 1965, he guest starred as Jake Burnett in the episode "Vendetta" of ABC's western The Legend of Jesse James starring Christopher Jones. Two years later, he appeared as Deedricks in the episode "Breakout" of another ABC western, Custer, starring Wayne Maunder in the title role. In the late 1980s, Evans appeared on stage as the gruesome Papa in the stage production Papa is All, directed by playwright Tommy F. Scott in Jackson, Tennessee. He retired to a farm in Tennessee following his role in the original film version of Walking Tall. Description above from the Wikipedia article Gene Evans,  licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Acting (34 Credits)

1987The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory as McGregor
1982The Shadow Riders as Colonel Holiday Hammond, Gunrunner
1979The Sacketts as Benson Bigelow
1974Devil Times Five as Papa Doc
1973Walking Tall as Sheriff Al Thurman
1973Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid as Mr. Horrell
1971Support Your Local Gunfighter as Butcher
1970The Ballad of Cable Hogue as Clete
1970There Was a Crooked Man... as Col Wolff
1969Support Your Local Sheriff! as Tom Danby
1967The War Wagon as Deputy Hoag
1966Nevada Smith as Sam Sand
1963Shock Corridor as Boden
1961Gold of the Seven Saints as McCracken
1959The Giant Behemoth as Steve Karnes
1959Operation Petticoat as Chief Molumphry
1959The Hangman as "Big Murph" Murphy
1958The Bravados as John Butler
1957The Helen Morgan Story as Whitey Krause
1957The Sad Sack as Sgt. Major Elmer Pulley
1955Crashout as Maynard 'Monk' Collins
1954Cattle Queen of Montana as Tom McCord
1954Hell and High Water as Chief Holter
1953Donovan's Brain as Dr. Frank Schratt
1953The Golden Blade as Captain Hadi
1952Park Row as Phineas Mitchell
1952Mutiny as Hook
1951The Steel Helmet as Sergeant Zack
1951Fixed Bayonets! as Sgt. Rock
1951Force of Arms as Sgt. Smiley 'Mac' McFee
1951Ace in the Hole as Deputy Sheriff
1950Armored Car Robbery as William 'Ace' Foster
1949Criss Cross as Donlan (uncredited)
1948Berlin Express as Train Sergeant (uncredited)

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