Gene Evans

Gene Evans


Birth Place
Holbrook, Arizona, USA
July 11, 1922
April 01, 1998
Cause of Death
Heart Failure


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 Sam...


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."



Cast (Feature Film)

Sourdough (1994)
Once Upon a Texas Train (1988)
The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory (1987)
Travis Mcgee: Empty Copper Sea (1983)
The Shadow Riders (1982)
California Gold Rush (1981)
Casino (1980)
The Concrete Cowboys (1979)
Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid (1978)
The Magic Of Lassie (1978)
Sheriff Andrews
Fire! (1977)
The Macahans (1976)
The Last Day (1975)
Charlie Connelly
Matt Helm (1975)
A Knife For the Ladies (1974)
Devil Times Five (1974)
Sidekicks (1974)
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
Walking Tall (1973)
Sheriff Thurman
Camper John (1973)
Shootout In A One Dog Town (1973)
The Bounty Man (1972)
Tom Brady
Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971)
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
There Was a Crooked Man ... (1970)
Colonel Wolff
Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969)
Tom Danby
The War Wagon (1967)
Nevada Smith (1966)
Sam Sand
Waco (1966)
Deputy Sheriff O'Neill
Apache Uprising (1966)
Jess Cooney
Shock Corridor (1963)
Gold of the Seven Saints (1961)
Money, Women and Guns (1959)
Sheriff Crowley
Operation Petticoat (1959)
The Hangman (1959)
The Giant Behemoth (1959)
Steven Karnes
The Bravados (1958)
Damn Citizen (1958)
Major Al Arthur
Revolt in the Big House (1958)
Lou Gannon
Young and Wild (1958)
Det. Sgt. Fred Janusz
The Sad Sack (1957)
Sgt. Elmer Pulley
Jet Pilot (1957)
Airfield sergeant
The Helen Morgan Story (1957)
Whitey Krause
Crashout (1955)
[Maynard] "Monk" Collins
Wyoming Renegades (1955)
Butch Cassidy
Hell and High Water (1954)
Chief Hotler
The Long Wait (1954)
Cattle Queen of Montana (1954)
Tom McCord
The Golden Blade (1953)
Donovan's Brain (1953)
Dr. Frank Schratt
Park Row (1952)
Phineas Mitchell
Thunderbirds (1952)
Sgt. Mike Braggart
Mutiny (1952)
Storm Warning (1951)
Force of Arms (1951)
Sgt. McFee
Fixed Bayonets! (1951)
Sgt. Rock
Ace in the Hole (1951)
Deputy sheriff
Sugarfoot (1951)
The Steel Helmet (1951)
[Sgt.] Zack
I Was an American Spy (1951)
Corp. John Boone
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Never a Dull Moment (1950)
Armored Car Robbery (1950)
William "Ace" Foster
Wyoming Mail (1950)
It Happens Every Spring (1949)
Mother Is a Freshman (1949)
Criss Cross (1949)
O'Hearn, guard
Assigned to Danger (1948)
Berlin Express (1948)
Train sergeant
Larceny (1948)
Under Colorado Skies (1947)

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (1996)
Camera Operator
Redwood Curtain (1995)
Camera Operator
Maddalena Z (1989)
Director Of Photography
Hard Traveling (1986)
Camera Operator
The Mephisto Waltz (1971)
Camera Operator

Editing (Feature Film)

Living Between Two Worlds (1963)
Film Editor

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Love Bites (1993)
Additional Photography
Stranger in the Family (1991)

Cast (Special)

Lassie: The New Beginning (1978)
Spencer's Pilots (1976)
Spencer Parish

Visual Effects (Special)

Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Bowl (1994)
Special Effects

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Wild Times (1980)
Louis L'Amour's The Sacketts (1979)

Life Events


Film debut in "Under Colorado Skies"


Had regular role on "My Friend Flicka"


Movie Clip

Ace In The Hole (1951) - Mountain Of The Seven Vultures Enterprising newsman Tatum (Kirk Douglas) emerging from the New Mexico cave where a tourist-trap operator is stuck, tangling with a deputy (Gene Evans) then the wife (Jan Sterling), and calling his editor, in Billy Wilder's Ace In The Hole, 1951.
Ace In The Hole (1951) - We Had A Cave-In Jaded reporter Tatum (Kirk Douglas) and cub Herbie (Bob Arthur) have stumbled into a story headed west from Albuquerque, meeting Lorraine (Jan Sterling), her father-in-law (John Berkes) and a deputy sheriff (Gene Evans), early in Billy Wilder’s Ace In The Hole, 1951.
Giant Behemoth, The (1959) - From Fish To Bigger Fish Nice alacrity, opening with the nukes and a lecture from Gene Evans in academic mode, as California marine biologist Steve Karnes at a conferenc in London, with brief interruptions, by Leonard Sachs then Andre Morrell as Brit professor Bickford, in The Giant Behemoth, 1959.
Giant Behemoth, The (1959) - The Best Fisherman In All Cornwall Writer-director Eugene Lourie banks on folksy Cornish charm, with Henry Vidon and Leigh Madison as fisherman Tom and daughter Jean, unrelated, as far as we know, to worried nuclear scientists back in London, parting on the coast before something odd transpires, turning to townsman John (John Turner), early in The Giant Behemoth, 1959.
Park Row (1952) - Opening, Blood and Ink A dedication to stir any journalist's heart leading to narration and opening credits from writer, producer and director Sam Fuller's Park Row, 1952, starring Gene Evanss.
Park Row (1952) - Her Front Page Disgruntled reporter Mitchell (Gene Evans) at the bar, to the graveyard, and back at the bar, confronted by employer Charity Hackett (Mary Welch) in ex-newsman Samuel Fuller's Park Row, 1952.
Park Row (1952) - Always in Black Publisher Charity (Mary Welch) first with her editor Spiro (Stuart Randall) then with her new rival Mitchell (Gene Evans) during his first triumph, in Samuel Fuller's Park Row, 1952.
Park Row (1952) - Make it Fresh! Two vignettes with writer, producer, director Sam Fuller using the crab dolly instead of edits, as Mitchell (Gene Evans) launches "The Globe" with help from publisher Leach (Stuart Randall) and typesetter Angelo (Don Orlando) in Park Row, 1952.
Park Row (1952) - Words and Garbage Another remarkable long take from writer, producer, director Sam Fuller, as rival publisher Charity (Mary Welch) tries to lure German printer Mergenthaler (Bela Kovacs) to her paper in Park Row, 1952.
Steel Helmet, The (1951) - Opening, Zack It gradually becomes clear that there's both a bullet hole in and soldier (Gene Evans) underneath the helmet seen in the opening to writer-producer-director Samuel Fuller's third film, The Steel Helmet, 1951.
Steel Helmet, The (1951) - They Pray For Korean Heroes American sergeant Zack (Gene Evans) and Korean local sidekick "Short Round" (William Chun) come upon some praying women, maybe, in a scene that may contain some commentary from writer, producer, director and Marine Corps veteran Sam Fuller', in The Steel Helmet, 1951.
Steel Helmet, The (1951) - The Korean National Anthem Awaiting relief in a Buddhist temple in Korea, grizzled sergeant Zack (Gene Evans) saves nervous Driscoll (Steve Brodie) with help from Tankaka (Richard Loo) then reveals a musical trick he's played on his war-orphan sidekick "Short Round" (William Chun), in Samuel Fuller's The Steel Helmet, 1951.