Steve Forrest (actor)

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Steve Forrest
Steve Forrest Hondo Harrelson SWAT 1975.JPG
Forrest in a publicity photo for S.W.A.T. in 1975
Born William Forrest Andrews
(1925-09-29)September 29, 1925
Huntsville, Texas, U.S.
Died May 18, 2013(2013-05-18) (aged 87)
Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1943–2003
Spouse(s) Christine Carilas (1948-2013; his death); three children

Steve Forrest (September 29, 1925 – May 18, 2013) was an American actor who was well known for his role as Lt. Hondo Harrelson in the short-lived television series S.W.A.T. which ran from 1975 to 1976.[1]

Life and career[edit]

He was born William Forrest Andrews in Huntsville, Texas. He was the son of Annis (née Speed) and Charles Forrest Andrews, a Baptist minister. Forrest was the 12th of 13 children. One of his older brothers was film star Dana Andrews. Forrest enlisted into the Army at age 18 and fought at the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. In 1950 he earned a bachelor's degree with honors from UCLA, majoring in theater with a minor in psychology.[1][2]

He worked as a stagehand at the La Jolla Playhouse outside San Diego. There Gregory Peck discovered him, cast him in La Jolla's production of Goodbye Again, and then arranged for Forrest's first screen test with MGM, which signed him to a contract.[1]

Among Forrest's notable films were So Big, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor, The Longest Day, North Dallas Forty, and Mommie Dearest. He had cameo roles in the comedies Spies Like Us and Amazon Women on the Moon, and the movie version of S.W.A.T.

Forrest was also a trained vocalist, and he made his debut on Broadway as prizefighter Bob Stanton in the 1958 production of The Body Beautiful opposite Mindy Carson, Jack Warden and Brock Peters.[1]

In 1965, Forrest and his family moved to London where he starred as John Mannering in the title role of the British crime drama The Baron. His other television credits included The DuPont Show with June Allyson, Storefront Lawyers, S.W.A.T., Hollywood Wives, and Rod Serling's hour-long Twilight Zone episode "The Parallel" (as well as Serling's Night Gallery segment "The Waiting Room").

On a 1973 episode of Gunsmoke titled "Mannon" he portrayed Will Mannon (one of the very few men ever to outdraw Matt Dillon), then reprised the character 14 years later for the 1987 television film Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge with James Arness.

He played an impostor pretending to be Jock Ewing in the television series Dallas, however Forrest's character didn't go over well with audiences and the story line was written out of the show.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Forrest married Christine Carilas on December 23, 1948. They had three sons: Michael, Forrest and Stephen Andrews.

A very accomplished golfer, Forrest often played in charity tournaments, including, on the American team, at the Bing Crosby Great Britain vs. U.S.A. Tournament at Gleneagles course.[1]

Death[edit]

Forrest died on May 18, 2013 in Thousand Oaks, California, aged 87, from undisclosed causes.[3]

Partial filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Barnes, Mike. "'S.W.A.T' Star Steve Forrest Dies at 87". The Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Fox, Margalit (May 23, 2013). "Steve Forrest, Performer on Film and TV’s ‘S.W.A.T.’, Dies at 88". The New York Times. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ "S.W.A.T. star dies at 87". UPI. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 

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