Rex Everhart

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Rex Everhart
Born (1920-06-13)June 13, 1920
Watseka, Illinois
Died March 13, 2000(2000-03-13) (aged 79)
Branford, Connecticut
Cause of death Lung cancer
Occupation Theatre Actor
Spouse(s) Claire Everhart (19??–2000; his death)

Rex Everhart (June 13, 1920 – March 13, 2000) was an American film and musical theatre actor.

Everhart appeared in such films as Superman, in 1978. He was also known for his role as "Enos" (the truck-driver) in the classic horror film, Friday the 13th (1980) and its sequel. He provided the voice of Maurice, Belle's father, in the 1991 musical animated Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast.[citation needed]

Everhart performed in numerous roles on Broadway including 1776, Chicago, Woman of the Year and the revival of Anything Goes. He was nominated for a 1978 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Musical) for Working.

In 1969, he was the understudy to Howard Da Silva in the role of Benjamin Franklin in the musical 1776. Da Silva suffered a heart attack just before the show's opening, and Everhart took over the role until Da Silva was well enough to return. Because of Da Silva's illness, Everhart performed the role on the original Broadway cast recording (Da Silva was finally able to record the role when 1776 was filmed in 1972). Ironically, when 1776 was revived on Broadway in 1997, Everhart again served as the understudy for the role of Benjamin Franklin.



He died of lung cancer in March 2000, aged 79. He was survived by his wife Claire, his daughter Degan, and a granddaughter.

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