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Steve Forrest

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.


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Born:
Sep 29, 1924 In Huntsville, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
36
First Appeared:
In the movie Geisha Girl 1952-05-02
Latest Project:
Movie Placebo: Soulmates Never Die: Live in Paris 2003 2003-10-18
Known For
Filmography
Movie Placebo: Soulmates Never Die: Live in Paris 2003 himself 2003-10-18
Movie Amazon Women on the Moon Capt. Nelson 1987-09-18
Movie Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge Will Mannon 1987-09-27
Series Hollywood Wives 1985-02-17
Movie Spies Like Us General Sline 1985-12-06
Movie Sahara Gordon 1983-12-01
Movie Hotline Tom Hunter 1982-03-10
Movie Mommie Dearest Greg Savitt 1981-09-18
Movie North Dallas Forty Conrad Hunter 1979-08-03
Movie Maneaters Are Loose! David Birk 1978-05-03
Movie The Hatfields and the McCoys Randall McCoy 1975-01-15
Series S.W.A.T. 1975-02-24
Movie The Hanged Man James Devlin 1974-03-13
Movie The Late Liz Jim Hatch 1971-09-01
Movie The Wild Country Jim Tanner 1970-12-16
Movie Rascal Willard North 1969-06-11
Series The Baron John Mannering 1966-09-28
Movie The Yellow Canary Hubbard "Hub" Wiley 1963-05-15
Movie The Longest Day Capt. Harding 1962-09-25
Movie The Second Time Around Dan Jones 1961-12-22
Movie 5 Branded Women Paul Keller 1960-03-15
Movie Flaming Star Clint Burton 1960-12-20
Movie It Happened to Jane Larry Hall 1959-08-04
Movie The Living Idol Terry Matthews 1957-05-02
Movie Meet Me in Las Vegas Steve Forrest (uncredited) 1956-03-09
Movie Bedevilled Gregory Fitzgerald 1955-04-28
Movie Phantom of the Rue Morgue Prof. Paul Dupin 1954-03-27
Movie Rogue Cop Eddie Kelvaney 1954-09-17
Movie Prisoner of War Cpl. Joseph Robert Stanton 1954-05-04
Movie Last of the Comanches Lt. Floyd (uncredited) 1953-02-01
Movie The Clown Young Man 1953-01-16
Movie I Love Melvin Photographer on Crane (uncredited) 1953-03-20
Movie The Band Wagon Passenger on Train 1953-08-07
Movie So Big Dirk DeJong 1953-10-21
Movie Take the High Ground! Lobo Nagalaski 1953-10-30
Movie Geisha Girl Rocky Wilson 1952-05-02
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