Reg Evans

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other people named Reginald Evans, see Reginald Evans (disambiguation).
Reg Evans
Born Reginald Evans
(1928-03-27)27 March 1928
Wales, United Kingdom
Died 7 February 2009(2009-02-07) (aged 80)
St Andrews, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1964–2009
Spouse(s) Angela Brunton

Reginald "Reg" Evans (27 March 1928 – 7 February 2009) was a British-born actor active in Australian television, theatre, and cinema from the 1960s.

He started drama while in the Royal Air Force stationed near Oxford, England. After leaving the service studied for two years at the London Academy of Music and Drama, followed by work in repertory theatre. He toured Europe with the New Park Theatre Club and later became its artistic director.[1]

Immigrated to Australia in the 1960s and worked in commercial radio and toured with the Young Elizabethan Players. His many Australian television roles include guest roles in Homicide, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, Number 96, Division 4, Spyforce, The Evil Touch, A Time for Love, Behind the Legend, Comedy Playhouse, and The Hour Before My Brother Dies.[1]

Film roles include that of the Station Master in the film Mad Max (1979) and as a pirate in The Island (1980). Evans also appeared in My Letter to George (1986).

After 1980 Evans played regular and recurring roles in several television series. These roles included that of Mr. Cocker in the Australian series of Are You Being Served? (1980), and Keith Purvis in the television police drama Blue Heelers in the 1990s.

Evans played the recurring role of scruffy private detective Howard Simmons in Prisoner in 1985. He had played three previous guest roles in Prisoner. These were a colleague at Eddie Cook's electrical firm in 1979, the foreman at the printshop where Bea Smith does her work release in 1982, and as Foxy, an old friend of Lizzie Birdsworth's, in 1983. His final acting role was in the Australian comedy Charlie & Boots which was released in 2009.

Death[edit]

Evans and his partner, Angela Brunton, died in the 2009 Victorian bushfires.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Atterton, Margot. (Ed.) The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Australian Showbiz, Sunshine Books, 1984. ISBN 0-86777-057-0 p 72
  2. ^ "TV star dies with partner in Victorian Bushfires". The Australian. 11 February 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2009.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

External links[edit]