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Gene Evans

​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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Jul 11, 1922 In Holbrook, Arizona, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Under Colorado Skies 1947-12-15
Latest Project:
Movie The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller 2002-07-02
Known For
Poster of The Ballad of Cable Hogue
Poster of Armored Car Robbery
Movie The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller Sgt. Zack / Phineas Mitchell (archive footage) 2002-07-02
Series Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Series The A-Team Unknown 1983-01-23
Series Scarecrow and Mrs. King Unknown 1983-10-03
Movie The Shadow Riders Colonel Holiday Hammond, Gunrunner 1982-09-28
Movie Sourdough Narrator 1981-01-01
Series Simon & Simon Unknown 1981-11-24
Movie California Gold Rush Sam Brannon 1981-07-30
Movie The Sacketts Benson Bigelow 1979-05-08
Series Hart to Hart Unknown 1979-09-22
Series The Incredible Hulk Unknown 1978-03-10
Movie Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid Fred Williker 1978-05-26
Series The Eddie Capra Mysteries Unknown 1978-09-08
Series Vega$ Unknown 1978-09-20
Series The Rhinemann Exchange Col. Barton 1977-03-10
Movie Fire! Dan Harter 1977-05-08
Series Charlie's Angels Unknown 1976-09-22
Series Spencer's Pilots 1976-09-17
Movie The Last Day Marshal Connelly 1975-02-15
Series Matt Helm 1975-09-20
Movie A Knife for the Ladies Hooker 1974-05-02
Movie Devil Times Five Papa Doc 1974-05-31
Movie Walking Tall Sheriff Al Thurman 1973-02-22
Series The Sixth Sense Unknown 1972-01-15
Movie The Bounty Man 1972-10-31
Series M*A*S*H Unknown 1972-09-17
Series Alias Smith and Jones Unknown 1971-01-05
Movie The Intruders Cole Younger 1970-11-10
Movie The Ballad of Cable Hogue Clete 1970-05-13
Movie There Was a Crooked Man... Col Wolff 1970-09-18
Movie Support Your Local Sheriff! Tom Danby 1969-03-26
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Movie The War Wagon Deputy Hoag 1967-05-26
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Series Custer Unknown 1967-09-06
Series Cimarron Strip Unknown 1967-09-07
Movie Nevada Smith Sam Sand 1966-06-10
Movie Waco Jim O'Neill 1966-09-01
Series The Legend of Jesse James Unknown 1965-09-13
Movie Apache Uprising Jess Cooney 1965-12-29
Series Run for Your Life Unknown 1965-09-13
Series Daniel Boone Unknown 1964-09-24
Movie Gold of the Seven Saints McCracken 1961-02-18
Series Target: The Corruptors! Unknown 1961-09-29
Movie The Giant Behemoth Steve Karnes 1959-03-03
Movie Operation Petticoat Chief Molumphry 1959-12-05
Series Riverboat Unknown 1959-09-13
Movie The Hangman "Big Murph" Murphy 1959-06-17
Series Wichita Town Unknown 1959-09-30
Series Johnny Ringo Unknown 1959-10-02
Movie Young and Wild Det. Sgt. Fred Janusz 1958-04-24
Movie Damn Citizen Maj. Al Arthur 1958-03-01
Movie Money, Women and Guns Sheriff Abner Crowley 1958-10-01
Movie The Bravados John Butler 1958-06-25
Movie Revolt in the Big House Lou Gannon 1958-12-21
Series Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Unknown 1958-10-06
Series Yancy Derringer Unknown 1958-10-02
Movie The Helen Morgan Story Whitey Krause 1957-10-02
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Movie The Sad Sack Sgt. Major Elmer Pulley 1957-11-27
Series My Friend Flicka 1956-02-10
Movie Massacre at Sand Creek Sgt. Maddox 1956-12-27
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie Hell and High Water Chief Holter 1954-02-06
Movie Wyoming Renegades Butch Cassidy / George Leroy Parker 1954-03-27
Movie Cattle Queen of Montana Tom McCord 1954-11-18
Movie The Long Wait Servo 1954-05-26
Movie The Golden Blade Captain Hadi 1953-08-12
Movie Donovan's Brain Dr. Frank Schratt 1953-09-30
Movie Mutiny Hook 1952-03-05
Movie Park Row Phineas Mitchell 1952-09-01
Movie Thunderbirds Sgt. Mike Braggart 1952-11-20
Movie Sugarfoot Billings 1951-02-11
Movie The Steel Helmet Sergeant Zack 1951-01-24
Movie I Was an American Spy Cpl. John Boone 1951-04-14
Movie Ace in the Hole Deputy Sheriff 1951-06-29
Movie Fixed Bayonets! Sgt. Rock 1951-11-21
Movie Force of Arms Sgt. Smiley 'Mac' McFee 1951-08-13
Movie Armored Car Robbery William 'Ace' Foster 1950-06-08
Movie Wyoming Mail Shep 1950-10-10
Movie Criss Cross Donlan (uncredited) 1949-02-04
Movie Berlin Express 1948-05-01
Movie Assigned to Danger Joey 1948-05-19
Movie Under Colorado Skies Henchman Red 1947-12-15
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