Warren Stevens

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Warren Stevens
Warren Stevens publicity photo.jpg
Stevens in a publicity photo, c.1950
Born Warren Albert Stevens
(1919-11-02)November 2, 1919
Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died March 27, 2012(2012-03-27) (aged 92)
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Lung disease
Nationality American
Alma mater The Actor's Studio
Occupation Actor
Years active 1947–2007
Spouse(s) Susan Tucker Huntington
(1942 – ?; divorced),
Barbara French
(1969 – ?; divorced)
Children With Huntington:
1

Warren Albert Stevens (November 2, 1919 – March 27, 2012) was an American stage, screen, and television actor.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, Stevens began his acting career after serving in the United States Army Air Corps as a pilot during World War II. A founding member of The Actor's Studio in New York,[2] Stevens received notice on Broadway in the late 1940s, and thereafter was offered a Hollywood contract at 20th Century Fox. His first Broadway role was in The Life of Galileo (1947)[3] and first movie role followed in The Frogmen (1951). As a young studio contract player, Stevens had little choice of material, and he appeared in films that included Phone Call from a Stranger (1952), Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie (1952), and Gorilla at Large (1954). His most memorable movie role was probably that of the ill-fated "Doc" Ostrow in the science fiction film Forbidden Planet (1956). He also had a supporting role in The Barefoot Contessa (1954) with Humphrey Bogart.

Despite occasional parts in big films, Stevens was unable to break out consistently into A-list movies, so he carved out a career in television as a journeyman dramatic actor.

Television career[edit]

He co-starred as Lt. William Storm in Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers (NBC, 1956–1957), a prime-time adventure series set in India. Stevens also provided the voice of John Bracken in season one of Bracken's World (NBC, 1968-1970).

He appeared in over 150 prime time shows from the 1950s to the early 1980s, including:

On November 24, 1959, Stevens guest starred as the corrupt James Hedrick in "Dark Verdict" of NBC's Laramie. In the episode, L. Q. Jones portrays John MacLane, a friend of series regular Jess Harper (Robert Fuller) who is falsely accused of murdering a doctor. MacLane is apprehended by a lynch mob led by Hedrick, a son of Judge Matthew Hedrick. Judge Hedrick, portrayed by Thomas Mitchell, stacks the trial against MacLane, who is quickly convicted and hanged with no recourse for an appeal. The mob is then cleared in a trial before the circuit judge, with Judge Hedrick acting as their defense attorney. Walter Coy plays the prosecutor, and Harry Dean Stanton portrays Vern Cowan, the doctor's real killer.[4]

Stevens' appearances on Have Gun, Will Travel introduced him to Richard Boone, who hired him for a continuing television role in The Richard Boone Show, an award-winning NBC anthology series which lasted for the 1963-1964 season. Stevens was also a close friend of actor Richard Basehart, and helped him through a nasty divorce in the early 1960s. Stevens guest starred on a few episodes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. He would also have a supporting role on another Irwin Allen production; 1978's Return of Captain Nemo.

In his later years, Stevens' appearances were infrequent. He made a guest appearance on ER in March 2006 and had two roles in 2007.[5]

Death[edit]

Stevens died on March 27, 2012, from complications of lung disease in his home in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California. He was survived by his three children.[6]

Selected television credits[edit]

Year TV Series Role Episode
1957 Gunsmoke   Rackmil   "Kitty Lost"  
1959 Tales of Wells Fargo The outlaw Clay Allison Episode entitled "Clay Allison; Jeanne Cooper appears as "Duchess".[7]
1961 Have Gun-Will Travel   Mr. Costigan   "Squatter's Rights"  
1962 The Twilight Zone   Nathan 'Nate' Bledsoe   "Dead Man's Shoes"  
1964 [The Outer Limits]   Eric Plummer   "Keeper of the Purple Twilight"
1965 Bonanza   Paul Mandel   "The Ballerina"  
1964 The Man from U.N.C.L.E.   Capt. Dennis Jenks   "The Children's Day Affair"  
1966 The Rat Patrol   Sgt. Frank Griffin   "The Do or Die Raid"  
1966 The Time Tunnel   Dr. Harlow "One Way To The Moon"  
1966 Combat!   Sgt. Higgin   "The Gun"  
1967 Bonanza   Count Alexis   "The Prince"  
1967 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Van Wyck   "Cave of the Dead"  
1968 Star Trek   Rojan   "By Any Other Name"  
1968 Bonanza   Sam Bragan   "The Trackers"  
1975 M*A*S*H   Colonel Chaffey   "The Gun"  
1979 The Rebels Ambrose Waverly Television mini-series

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Warren Stevens, Busy Character Actor, Dies at 92". New York Times. March 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Birth of The Actors Studio: 1947-1950". A Player's Place: The Story of the Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 52. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. Others [selected by Kazan] were Tom Avera, Edward Binns, Dorothy Bird, Rudy Bond, Annette Erlanger, Don Hanmer, Anne Hegira, Peg Hillias, Jennifer Howard, Robin Humphrey, Alicia Krug, Michael Lewin, Pat McClarney, Lenka Peterson, Warren Stevens, Joe Sullivan, and John Sylvester. 
  3. ^ http://www.ibdb.com/production.php?id=1806
  4. ^ "Laramie: "Dark Verdict", November 24, 1959". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ imdb.com
  6. ^ Rest in Peace: Warren Stevens
  7. ^ "Clay Allison, Tales of Wells Fargo, June 15, 1959". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 

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