Richard William Stevens
December 13, 1916
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||September 15, 1994 (aged 77)|
|Other names||Stephen Richards|
(m. 1945; div. 1962)
Mark Stevens (born Richard William Stevens; December 13, 1916 – September 15, 1994) was an American actor, who appeared in films, and on television. He was one of four who played the lead role in the television series Martin Kane, Private Eye; he appeared in 1953–54.
Warner Bros – as Stephen Richards
Moving to Hollywood, he became a Warner Bros. contract actor at $100 a week in 1943. The studio darkened and straightened his curly red hair and covered his freckles. At first he was billed as Stephen Richards. They gave him small parts, often uncredited, in films like Destination Tokyo (1943), Passage to Marseille (1944), The Doughgirls (1944), Hollywood Canteen (1944), Objective, Burma! (1945), God Is My Co-Pilot (1945), The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945), Rhapsody in Blue (1945) and Pride of the Marines (1945). He usually played soldiers. Eventually the studio let him go.
Career at 20th Century Fox
He was then signed to 20th Century Fox and changed his name to Mark Stevens at the suggestion of Darryl Zanuck.
His first movie for the studio was Within These Walls (1945), fourth-billed, playing the romantic male lead. Stevens was borrowed by RKO to play the lead role in From This Day Forward (1946) with Joan Fontaine.
Back at Fox Stevens was in The Dark Corner (1946) with Lucille Ball and Clifton Webb, a film noir that attempted to repeat the success of Laura (1944). In 1946, exhibitors voted him the fifth-most promising "star of tomorrow".
Fox put him in the musical I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now (1947), playing Joseph E. Howard. It was a big hit. So too was The Street With No Name (1948), where Stevens played an FBI man going undercover to arrest a gangster played by Richard Widmark, and The Snake Pit (1948), in which he played Olivia de Havilland's loyal husband.
Career after 20th Century Fox
From 1954 to 1956, he played a newspaper managing editor in the series Big Town, having replaced Patrick McVey, who starred in the role from 1950 to 1954. Reruns of Big Town began airing on DuMont under the title City Assignment while new episodes of the series were still appearing on CBS.
Career as a Director
From the 1960s Stevens lived in semi-retirement in Spain. His occasional film credits include Spain Again (1969) and The Fury of the Wolfman (1972). In the 1980s he made guest appearances on television shows including Magnum, P.I., Murder, She Wrote.
On September 15, 1994, Stevens died of cancer in Majorca, Spain at the age of 77.
For his contribution to the television industry, Mark Stevens has a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame at 6637 Hollywood Boulevard.
|1943||Destination Tokyo||Admiral's aide||uncredited|
|1944||Passage to Marseille||Lieutenant Hastings||uncredited|
|Roaring Guns||Lance Ferris||as Stephen Richards|
|Hollywood Canteen||Soldier on deck||uncredited|
|1945||Objective, Burma!||Lt. Barker||as Stephen Richards|
|God Is My Co-Pilot||Sgt. Baldridge||as Stephen Richards|
|The Horn Blows at Midnight||Angel||uncredited|
|Rhapsody in Blue||Steve||uncredited|
|Within These Walls||Steve Purcell|
|Pride of the Marines||Ainslee||as Stephen Richards|
|1946||From This Day Forward||Bill Cummings|
|The Dark Corner||Bradford Galt|
|1947||I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now||Joe Howard|
|1948||The Street with No Name||Gene Cordell/George Manly|
|The Snake Pit||Robert Cunningham|
|Oh, You Beautiful Doll||Larry Kelly|
|Dancing in the Dark||Bill Davis|
|1950||Please Believe Me||Matthew Kinston|
|Between Midnight and Dawn||Officer Rocky Barnes|
|1951||Target Unknown||Capt. Jerome 'Steve' Stevens|
|Katie Did It||Peter Van Arden|
|Little Egypt||Wayne Cravat|
|Reunion in Reno||Norman Drake|
|1952||Mutiny||Capt. James Marshall|
|The Lost Hours||Paul Smith|
|Torpedo Alley||Lt. Bob Bingham|
|1953||Jack Slade||Joseph Alfred Slade|
|1954||Cry Vengeance||Vic Barron||also director|
|1956||Time Table||Charlie Norman||also director|
|1957||Gunsight Ridge||Velvet Clark|
|1958||Gun Fever||Luke Ram||also director|
|Gunsmoke in Tucson||Jedediah (Chip) Coburn|
|1960||September Storm||Joe Balfour|
|1963||Escape from Hell Island||Capt. James||also director|
|1964||Fate Is the Hunter||Mickey Doolan|
|Frozen Alive||Dr. Frank Overton||original title: Der Fall X701|
|1965||Jessy Does Not Forgive... He Kills!||Sheriff Jeff Kinsley||original title: Tierra de fuego|
|1966||Go with God, Gringo||Smith||original title: Vaya con dios gringo|
|1969||Cry for Poor Wally||Gaylord Blue – Radio DJ|
|Spain Again||Dr. David Foster||original title: España otra vez|
|1972||The Fury of the Wolfman||Bill Williams||uncredited|
original title: La furia del Hombre Lobo
|1957||Wagon Train||Nels Stack||"The Nels Stack Story"|
|1957||Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre||Capt. John Hunter||episode: "Dangerous Orders"|
|1958||Zane Grey Theatre||Cort McConnell||episode: "The Stranger"|
|1962||Rawhide||John Shepard||episode: "Incident of the Hunter"|
|1978||The Eddie Capra Mysteries||Ballinger||episode: "How Do I Kill Thee?"|
|1986||Murder, She Wrote||Nick Brody||episode: "Obituary for a Dead Anchor"|
|1947||Suspense||Jimmy Dawson||episode: "Tree of Life"|
|1947||Lux Radio Theater||Bradford Gault||The Dark Corner|
|1947||Suspense||Bill Cummings||episode: From This Day Forward|
|1952||Cavalcade of America||Thaddeus Fairbanks||episode: "The Yankee and the Scales"|
- Biography, rusc.com. Accessed August 9, 2023.
- "The Stars of To-morrow". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. September 10, 1946. p. 11 Supplement: The Sydney Morning Herald Magazine. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- All Movie biography Archived April 26, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
- TCM Biography
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- "LRT Guest". Harrisburg Telegraph. October 26, 1946. p. 21. Retrieved September 29, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Kirby, Walter (April 20, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 46. Retrieved May 9, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.