Josh Ryan Evans

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Josh Ryan Evans
Joshua Ryan Evans

(1982-01-10)January 10, 1982
DiedAugust 5, 2002(2002-08-05) (aged 20)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) Los Angeles, California U.S.
Other namesJosh Evans
Years active1994–2002
Height3 ft 2 in (97 cm)[1]

Joshua Ryan Evans (January 10, 1982 – August 5, 2002) was an American actor who became known for his role of Timmy Lenox in the soap opera Passions. Though he was 17 years old when Passions debuted, Evans had the appearance and voice of a small child due to achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism. He was 3 feet 2 inches (97 cm) tall.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Hayward, California, Evans began his career at age 12, appearing in various commercials. He made his film debut as a toddler in Baby Geniuses in 1999. The following year he played the role of the young Grinch (Jim Carrey's character) in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He also appeared as General Tom Thumb in the A&E miniseries P.T. Barnum. Evans also had guest spots on Ally McBeal, 7th Heaven, and Poltergeist: The Legacy.[2]

In 1999, Evans began portraying Timmy on the soap opera Passions. Evans' character was a doll that the evil witch Tabitha Lenox brought to life with magic. For his work on the series, he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 2000 and won two Soap Opera Digest Awards in 2000 and 2001.

The character of Timmy was intended to become an angel and remain a presence on the show, but this entire storyline was quickly rewritten after Evans' death to excise the character (although one already-filmed scene was eventually aired, showing Timmy in Heaven, as a sort of coda).


On August 5, 2002, Evans died during a medical procedure in San Diego from complications related to a congenital heart condition.[1][3] He was 20 years old. The death scene Evans had previously taped for Passions aired the same day that he died.[4] The episode was dedicated to him.

Evans was cremated and his ashes interred in a niche at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills.[5]


Year Title Role
1996–1997 Family Matters Stevil
1998 Ally McBeal Oren Coolie
1999 Poltergeist: The Legacy Being (voice)
Hey Arnold! Third Grader
7th Heaven Adam
P.T. Barnum Tom Thumb
Rugrats Small Boy (voice)
1999-2002 Passions Timmy
2000 How The Grinch Stole Christmas 8-year-old Grinch

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title of work Result
2001 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series Passions Nominated
2000 Soap Opera Digest Awards Favorite Scene Stealer Passions Won
2001 Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Male Scene Stealer Passions Won
2000 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Soap Opera - Young Actor Passions Nominated
2000 YoungStar Awards Best Young Actor/Performance in a Daytime TV Series Passions Won


  1. ^ a b c "Small Wonder". People. 58 (9). August 19, 2002. ISSN 0093-7673.
  2. ^ "Josh Ryan Evans". Soapcentral. Retrieved February 1, 2010.
  3. ^ Oliver, Myrna (August 7, 2002). "Joshua Evans, 20; 3-Foot, 2-Inch Actor Starred in TV's 'Passions'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 1, 2010.
  4. ^ Errico, Marcus (August 6, 2002). ""Passions" Star Josh Ryan Evans Dies". Retrieved February 2, 2010.
  5. ^ "Josh Ryan Evans (1982-2002)". Find A Grave. Retrieved September 15, 2021.

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