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Also Known As: Maurice Herbert Evans Died: March 12, 1989
Born: June 3, 1901 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dorchester, England, GB Profession: actor, TV producer, producer, singer, businessman

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Illustrious Shakespearean and Shavian actor who brought the classics to the masses with his Broadway performances, his numerous wartime productions and peacetime tours and his well-regarded presentations on TV's "Hallmark Hall of Fame" during the 1950s and 60s.In films from 1930, Evans is probably best known to contemporary audiences as the inquisitor Zaius in the "Planet of the Apes" films and as Elizabeth Montgomery's warlock father, Maurice on TV's "Bewitched" (1964-72).

Illustrious Shakespearean and Shavian actor who brought the classics to the masses with his Broadway performances, his numerous wartime productions and peacetime tours and his well-regarded presentations on TV's "Hallmark Hall of Fame" during the 1950s and 60s.

In films from 1930, Evans is probably best known to contemporary audiences as the inquisitor Zaius in the "Planet of the Apes" films and as Elizabeth Montgomery's warlock father, Maurice on TV's "Bewitched" (1964-72).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Sam Hughes's War (1984)
2.
 Agatha Christie's A Caribbean Mystery (1983) Major Geoffrey Palgrave
3.
 The Jerk (1979) Hobart
4.
 Terror In The Wax Museum (1974) Inspector
5.
 Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) Dr. Zaius
6.
 The Body Stealers (1970) Dr. Matthews
7.
 Operation Heartbeat (1969) Dr George Barger
8.
 Rosemary's Baby (1968) Hutch
9.
 Planet of the Apes (1968) Dr. Zaius
10.
 Jack of Diamonds (1967) Nicolai
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Milestones close milestones

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Began career as a boy singer and appeared in father's adaptations of Thomas Hardy's novels
1926:
Stage acting debut in "The Oresteia"
1927:
First role on London stage in "The One-Eyed Herring"
:
Operated a cleaning and dyeing shop while waiting for stage break
1930:
Film debut, "White Cargo"
1934:
Joined the Old Vic
1935:
Left England for the United States and Broadway
1935:
Broadway debut as Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet"
1938:
Debut as Broadway producer, "Hamlet" (also star)
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Served as major with US Army during WWII; was in charge of Army Entertainment Section in the Central Pacific arena
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Toured US and armed forces with version of "Hamlet" known as "G.I. Hamlet"
1953:
TV debut as "Hamlet" on Hallmark Hall of Fame
1955:
Debut as TV producer, "The Devil's Disciple", "Dream Girl" and "Alice in Wonderland" (all on "Hallmark Hall of Fame")
:
Had recurring role as Samantha's warlock father on the ABC sitcom "Bewitched"
1984:
FInal film appearance in "Sam Hughes's War"
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Education

University of Cambridge: -
Grocers' Company School: -

Notes

Awarded the Drama League Medal (1937)

Received the Legion of Merit from US Army (1945)

He was given the Christopher Award (1953 and 1956)

Honorary artistic supervisor, City Center Theatre Company in NYC from 1949-51.

Received American Shakespeare Festival Theatre and Academy Special Award for TV production of "The Taming of the Shrew" (1956).

He was awarded the Veteran's Administrative Voluntary Certificate in 1961.

Given the Salmagundi Award (1962).

He was awarded honorary degrees from the University of Hawaii, Lafayette College and Brandeis University.

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father:
Alfred Herbert Evans. Analytical chemist. Amateur playwright.
mother:
Laura Evans.

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