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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.

​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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 101

Birthday 1922-07-11

Day of Death 1998-04-01

Place of Birth Holbrook, Arizona, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2002 The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller as Sgt. Zack / Phineas Mitchell (archive footage)
1984 Murder, She Wrote (1 episode)
1983 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1 episode)
1983 The A-Team (1 episode) as Darrow
1982 The Shadow Riders as Colonel Holiday Hammond, Gunrunner
1981 Simon & Simon (3 episodes)
1981 California Gold Rush as Sam Brannon
1981 Sourdough as Narrator
1980 Here's Boomer (1 episode)
1979 Hart to Hart (1 episode)
1979 The Sacketts (2 episodes) as Benson Bigelow
1978 Vega$ (1 episode)
1978 The Eddie Capra Mysteries (1 episode)
1978 Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid as Fred Williker
1978 The Incredible Hulk (1 episode)
1977 Fire! as Dan Harter
1977 The Rhinemann Exchange (3 episodes) as Col. Barton
1976 Charlie's Angels (1 episode)
1976 Spencer's Pilots (10 episodes)
1975 Matt Helm (13 episodes) as Sgt. Hanrahan
1975 The Last Day as Marshal Connelly
1974 Devil Times Five as Papa Doc
1974 A Knife for the Ladies as Hooker
1973 Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid as Mr. Horrell
1973 Walking Tall as Sheriff Al Thurman
1972 The Bounty Man
1972 M*A*S*H (1 episode)
1972 The Sixth Sense (1 episode)
1971 Alias Smith and Jones (1 episode)
1970 The Intruders as Cole Younger
1970 The Ballad of Cable Hogue as Clete
1969 Support Your Local Sheriff as Tom Danby
1967 The Battle of Bloody Stones
1967 Mannix (1 episode)
1967 Cimarron Strip (1 episode)
1967 Custer (1 episode)
1967 The War Wagon as Deputy Hoag
1967 Ironside (1 episode)
1966 Tarzan (2 episodes)
1966 Waco as Jim O'Neill
1966 Nevada Smith as Sam Sand
1965 Apache Uprising as Jess Cooney
1965 The Legend of Jesse James (1 episode)
1965 Run for Your Life (1 episode)
1965 Branded (1 episode)
1964 Daniel Boone (2 episodes)
1963 The Great Adventure (1 episode)
1963 Shock Corridor as Boden
1962 General Electric True (1 episode)
1962 The Virginian (2 episodes)
1961 Target: The Corruptors! (1 episode)
1961 Gold Of The Seven Saints as McCracken
1960 Route 66 (2 episodes)
1960 Outlaws (1 episode)
1959 Operation Petticoat as Chief Molumphry
1959 Johnny Ringo (1 episode)
1959 Wichita Town (1 episode)
1959 Riverboat (1 episode)
1959 The Hangman as "Big Murph" Murphy
1959 The Giant Behemoth as Steve Karnes
1959 Rawhide (6 episodes)
1958 Revolt in the Big House as Lou Gannon
1958 77 Sunset Strip (1 episode)
1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1 episode)
1958 Yancy Derringer (1 episode)
1958 Money, Women and Guns as Sheriff Abner Crowley
1958 The Bravados as John Butler
1958 Young and Wild as Det. Sgt. Fred Janusz
1958 Damn Citizen as Maj. Al Arthur
1957 The Sad Sack as Sgt. Major Elmer Pulley
1957 The Helen Morgan Story as Whitey Krause
1957 Perry Mason (1 episode)
1956 Massacre at Sand Creek as Sgt. Maddox
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1 episode)
1956 Wire Service (1 episode)
1956 My Friend Flicka (39 episodes)
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke (10 episodes)
1955 Crashout as Maynard 'Monk' Collins
1954 Cattle Queen of Montana as Tom McCord
1954 The Long Wait as Servo
1954 Wyoming Renegades as Butch Cassidy / George Leroy Parker
1954 Hell and High Water as Chief Holter
1953 Donovan's Brain as Dr. Frank Schratt
1953 The Golden Blade as Captain Hadi
1952 Thunderbirds as Sgt. Mike Braggart
1952 Park Row as Phineas Mitchell
1952 Mutiny as Hook
1951 Fixed Bayonets! as Sgt. Rock
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1951 Force of Arms as Sgt. Smiley 'Mac' McFee
1951 Ace in the Hole as Deputy Sheriff
1951 I Was an American Spy as Cpl. John Boone
1951 Sugarfoot as Billings
1951 The Steel Helmet as Sgt. Zack
1950 Wyoming Mail as Shep
1950 Armored Car Robbery as William 'Ace' Foster
1949 Criss Cross as Donlan
1948 Assigned to Danger as Joey
1947 Under Colorado Skies as Henchman Red

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