Josh Ryan Evans
|Josh Ryan Evans|
Evans as Timmy Lenox
|Born||Joshua Ryan Evans
January 10, 1982
Hayward, California, U.S.
|Died||August 5, 2002
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Complications during heart surgery|
|Other names||Josh Evans|
|Years active||1996 – 2002|
|Height||3'2" (0.97 m)|
Joshua Ryan "Josh" Evans (January 10, 1982 – August 5, 2002) was an American actor who became known for his role of Timmy 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 born with a rare disease that prevented his body from growing. He was 3 feet 2 inches (97 cm) tall.
Early life and career
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 Dr. Seuss' 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.
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. The death scene Evans had previously taped for Passions aired the same day that he died; the episode was dedicated to him.
|1996–1997||Family Matters||Stevil Double||2 episodes|
|1998||Ally McBeal||Oren Koolie||2 episodes|
|1999||Baby Geniuses||Baby dance double|
|1999||Hey Arnold!||Third Grader (Voice)||1 episode|
|1999||Poltergeist: The Legacy||Being (Voice)||1 episode|
|1999||P. T. Barnum||General Tom Thumb||Miniseries|
|1999||7th Heaven||Adam||1 episode|
|2000||Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas||8-Year-Old Grinch|
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|
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- Errico, Marcus (2002-08-06). ""Passions" Star Josh Ryan Evans Dies". eonline.com. Retrieved 2 February 2010.