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|Also Known As:||Gail Shikles Jr.,Michael Gale||Died:||May 10, 2000|
|Born:||July 8, 1918||Cause of Death:||cancer|
|Birth Place:||Liberty, Missouri, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor|
On his way to a career in dentistry, dark and handsome Craig Stevens got the acting bug at the University of Kansas and after some training at the Pasadena Playhouse made his debut in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939). He signed with Warner Bros. in 1941 and worked there throughout the decade, meeting future wife Alexis Smith and receiving good notices as a newcomer. But the quality of his parts suffered when returning soldiers swelled the acting ranks at the end of World War II. Stevens worked extensively during the Golden Age of TV, augmenting a feature career that paired him with both the Bowery Boys ("Blues Busters" 1950) and Abbott and Costello ("Abbott & Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" 1953), and though he played second banana to the special effects in "The Deadly Mantis" (1957), he was in top form as an intriguing man of mystery in the taut B Western "Buchanan Rides Alone" (1958).
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