Biography

A ruggedly handsome action man of the 1960's and 70's, Steve Forrest began his screen career as a small part contract player with MGM. A brother of star Dana Andrews, he was born William Forrest Andrews, the youngest of thirteen children. His father was a Baptist minister in Huntsville, Texas. In 1942, Steve enlisted in the U.S. Army, rose to the rank of sergeant and saw action at the Battle of the Bulge. Following his demobilisation, he visited his brother in Hollywood and came to the conclusion that acting wasn't a bad way to make a living (having already done some work as a movie extra). He went on to study in college at UCLA, eventually graduating in 1950 with a B.A. Honours Degree in theatre arts. He then served a brief apprenticeship as a carpenter, prop boy and set builder at San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse, where he was discovered by resident actor Gregory Peck and given a small part as a bellboy in the cast of the summer stock production of "Goddbye Again". A subsequent screen test led to a contract with MGM and resulting employment as second leads, brothers of the titular star, toughs and outlaws. His first proper recognition was being awarded 'New Star of the Year' by Golden Globe for his role in So Big (1953), a drama based on a Pulitzer prize-winning novel by Edna Ferber.

From the mid-1950's, the rangy, 6-foot-3 actor became much in-demand on TV, beginning with classic early anthology and western series, interspersed with occasional appearances on the big screen (notably, in The Longest Day (1962) and as Joan Crawford's lover/attorney Greg Savitt in Mommie Dearest (1981)). In addition to numerous guest roles, he was regularly featured in series like Gunsmoke (1955), Dallas (1978) (as Wes Parmalee, who believes himself to be lost Ewing patriarch Jock) and Murder, She Wrote (1984). Already from the mid-60's, he decided to pick his assignments more carefully. In order to shed his image as the perpetual bad guy, he had relocated his family to England to star as antique-dealer-cum-undercover intelligence agent John Mannering in BBC's The Baron (1966). He followed this by another starring role as the stoic, tough Lieutenant Dan 'Hondo' Harrelson in the short-lived ABC police drama series S.W.A.T. (1975), possibly his best-remembered role. Steve later lampooned his screen personae in the satirical Amazon Women on the Moon (1987).

In private life, Steve Forrest was known as a skilled golfer, lover of football and (according to 1970's newspaper articles) as a dedicated amateur beekeeper.

A ruggedly handsome action man of the 1960's and 70's, Steve Forrest began his screen career as a small part contract player with MGM. A brother of star Dana Andrews, he was born William Forrest Andrews, the youngest of thirteen children. His father was a Baptist minister in Huntsville, Texas. In 1942, Steve enlisted in the U.S. Army, rose to the rank of sergeant and saw action at the Battle of the Bulge. Following his demobilisation, he visited his brother in Hollywood and came to the conclusion that acting wasn't a bad way to make a living (having already done some work as a movie extra). He went on to study in college at UCLA, eventually graduating in 1950 with a B.A. Honours Degree in theatre arts. He then served a brief apprenticeship as a carpenter, prop boy and set builder at San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse, where he was discovered by resident actor Gregory Peck and given a small part as a bellboy in the cast of the summer stock production of "Goddbye Again". A subsequent screen test led to a contract with MGM and resulting employment as second leads, brothers of the titular star, toughs and outlaws. His first proper recognition was being awarded 'New Star of the Year' by Golden Globe for his role in So Big (1953), a drama based on a Pulitzer prize-winning novel by Edna Ferber.

From the mid-1950's, the rangy, 6-foot-3 actor became much in-demand on TV, beginning with classic early anthology and western series, interspersed with occasional appearances on the big screen (notably, in The Longest Day (1962) and as Joan Crawford's lover/attorney Greg Savitt in Mommie Dearest (1981)). In addition to numerous guest roles, he was regularly featured in series like Gunsmoke (1955), Dallas (1978) (as Wes Parmalee, who believes himself to be lost Ewing patriarch Jock) and Murder, She Wrote (1984). Already from the mid-60's, he decided to pick his assignments more carefully. In order to shed his image as the perpetual bad guy, he had relocated his family to England to star as antique-dealer-cum-undercover intelligence agent John Mannering in BBC's The Baron (1966). He followed this by another starring role as the stoic, tough Lieutenant Dan 'Hondo' Harrelson in the short-lived ABC police drama series S.W.A.T. (1975), possibly his best-remembered role. Steve later lampooned his screen personae in the satirical Amazon Women on the Moon (1987).

In private life, Steve Forrest was known as a skilled golfer, lover of football and (according to 1970's newspaper articles) as a dedicated amateur beekeeper.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 77

Birthday 1924-09-29

Day of Death 2013-05-18

Place of Birth Huntsville, Texas, USA

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Also Known As

  • William Forrest Andrews
  • William Andrews
  • Stephen Forrest
  • Steven Forrest

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1990 Dream On(1 episode)
1987 Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge as Will Mannon
1987 Amazon Women on the Moon as Capt. Nelson
1985 Spies Like Us as General Sline
1985 Hollywood Wives(3 episodes)
1984 Murder, She Wrote(5 episodes)
1983 Sahara as Gordon
1983 Hotel(1 episode)
1982 Hotline as Tom Hunter
1981 Mommie Dearest as Greg Savitt
1980 Condominium(2 episodes) as Gus Garver
1979 North Dallas Forty as Conrad Hunter
1978 Maneaters Are Loose! as David Birk
1977 Last of the Mohicans(1 episode) as Hawkeye
1976 Wanted: The Sundance Woman as Charlie Siringo
1975 S.W.A.T.(38 episodes)
1975 The Hatfields and the McCoys as Randall McCoy
1974 The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts(1 episode)
1974 The Hanged Man as James Devlin
1972 The Magic of Walt Disney World as Narrator
1972 The Streets of San Francisco(1 episode)
1972 Ghost Story(1 episode)
1972 The Rookies(2 episodes)
1972 The Sixth Sense(1 episode)
1971 Cannon(1 episode)
1971 The Late Liz as Jim Hatch
1971 Alias Smith and Jones(1 episode)
1970 Night Gallery(2 episodes)
1970 The Wild Country as Jim Tanner
1969 Medical Center(1 episode)
1969 Rascal as Willard North
1968 The Name of the Game(1 episode)
1967 The High Chaparral(1 episode)
1967 Cimarron Strip(2 episodes)
1967 Ironside(2 episodes)
1966 The Baron(30 episodes) as John Mannering
1966 Mission: Impossible(1 episode)
1965 The F.B.I.(1 episode)
1963 Kraft Suspense Theatre(2 episodes)
1963 Burke's Law(1 episode)
1963 The Fugitive(1 episode)
1963 Arrest and Trial(1 episode)
1963 The Yellow Canary as Hubbard "Hub" Wiley
1962 The Longest Day as Capt. Harding
1962 The Virginian(2 episodes)
1961 The Second Time Around as Dan Jones
1961 Bus Stop(1 episode)
1961 Target: The Corruptors!(1 episode)
1961 Kraft Mystery Theatre(1 episode)
1960 Flaming Star as Clint Burton
1960 Outlaws(1 episode)
1960 5 Branded Women as Paul Keller
1960 Heller in Pink Tights as Clint Mabry
1959 The Twilight Zone(1 episode)
1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson(1 episode)
1959 It Happened to Jane as Lawrence Clay 'Larry' Hall
1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse(1 episode)
1957 The Living Idol as Terry Matthews
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater(1 episode)
1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas as Steve Forrest (uncredited)
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents(2 episodes)
1955 Gunsmoke(4 episodes)
1955 Bedevilled as Gregory Fitzgerald
1954 Climax!(3 episodes)
1954 Rogue Cop as Eddie Kelvaney
1954 Prisoner of War as Cpl. Joseph Robert Stanton
1954 Phantom of the Rue Morgue as Prof. Paul Dupin
1953 Take the High Ground! as Lobo Nagalaski
1953 So Big as Dirk DeJong
1953 Letter to Loretta(1 episode)
1953 The Band Wagon as Passenger on Train
1953 I Love Melvin as Photographer on Crane (uncredited)
1953 Last of the Comanches as Lt. Floyd (uncredited)
1953 The Clown as Young Man
1952 Geisha Girl as Rocky Wilson
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars(3 episodes)
1950 Lux Video Theatre(1 episode)

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