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Also Known As: Died: April 1, 1998
Born: July 11, 1922 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Holbrook, Arizona, USA Profession: actor

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Actor Gene Evans began acting in his youth, refining his skills as a performer in a G.I. acting troupe while he served as an engineer. It is perhaps for this reason that Evans was often cast as strong, weathered men in westerns and war films. He first appeared on film with a small role in the 1947 horse opera "Under Colorado Skies," but it wasn't until he was cast as Sergeant Zack in Samuel Fuller's 1951 Korean War drama "The Steel Helmet" that Evans showed mastery over his craft. Widely considered to be his best role, it is also one of the greatest characterizations within the genre. Both Fuller and Evans had been soldiers, and, appropriately, the film is infused with meditations on war and survival. Forming a strong working relationship, the two made several films together, including the Golden Globe-nominated mystery "Shock Corridor." Making several films a year though the '50s, Evans ended the decade with the World War II comedy "Operation Petticoat," starring Cary Grant. With the rise of television in the 1960s, Evans began making guest appearances on western-themed television shows, including stints on "Rawhide" and "Gunsmoke." While he continued to work mainly in television for the rest of his...

Actor Gene Evans began acting in his youth, refining his skills as a performer in a G.I. acting troupe while he served as an engineer. It is perhaps for this reason that Evans was often cast as strong, weathered men in westerns and war films. He first appeared on film with a small role in the 1947 horse opera "Under Colorado Skies," but it wasn't until he was cast as Sergeant Zack in Samuel Fuller's 1951 Korean War drama "The Steel Helmet" that Evans showed mastery over his craft. Widely considered to be his best role, it is also one of the greatest characterizations within the genre. Both Fuller and Evans had been soldiers, and, appropriately, the film is infused with meditations on war and survival. Forming a strong working relationship, the two made several films together, including the Golden Globe-nominated mystery "Shock Corridor." Making several films a year though the '50s, Evans ended the decade with the World War II comedy "Operation Petticoat," starring Cary Grant. With the rise of television in the 1960s, Evans began making guest appearances on western-themed television shows, including stints on "Rawhide" and "Gunsmoke." While he continued to work mainly in television for the rest of his career, Evans played supporting roles in former "Gunsmoke" writer Sam Peckinpah's "The Ballad of Cable Hogue" and "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid." Evans' last major role was the title character in the 1976 series "Spencer's Pilots."

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Sourdough (1994) Narration
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 Once Upon a Texas Train (1988) Fargo Parker
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 Alamo: 13 Days to Glory, The (1987) John Mcgregor
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 Shadow Riders, The (1982) Holiday Hammond
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 California Gold Rush (1981) Sam Brannon
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 Casino (1980) Captain K L Fitzgerald
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 Concrete Cowboys, The (1979) Lieutenant Blocker
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 Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid (1978) Fred Williker
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 Magic Of Lassie, The (1978) Sheriff Andrews
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During WWII, toured Europe with a theatrical company comprised of GIs
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Co-starred on "Matt Helm"
1947:
Film debut in "Under Colorado Skies"
1956:
Had regular role on "My Friend Flicka"
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Raised in Colton, CA
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Source: Wikipedia The Internet Encyclopedia

Film actor Gene Evans (July 11, 1922 - April 1, 1998) began his acting career while serving in World War II, performing with a theatrical troupe of GIs in Europe. Evans, raised in Colton, California, made his film debut in 1947 and ended up appearing in dozens of movies and television programs. He specialized in playing tough guys like cowboys, sheriffs, convicts and Army sergeants. In the mid-50's he played Ken's father on the MY FRIEND FLICKA series, opposite Anita Louise as his wife. The near-sighted actor rarely wore his thick glasses in films, but did wear them while playing a doctor in the B-movie Donovan's Brain (1953). He retired to a farm in Tennessee following his role as an evil sheriff in the original Walking Tall. 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

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