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 Actor, singer
Years active 1939–1997
Spouse(s) Jill Reardon (m. 1944; div. 1957)
Claire Everhart (m. 1962; his death 2000)
Children 1
Parent(s) Arthur M. Everhart
Jeanette M. Everhart

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

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

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.

Early life and education[edit]

Everhart was born on June 13, 1920, in Watseka, Illinois to Dr. Arthur Mark Everhart and Jeanette M. (née Dodson) Everhart. Everhart studied at the University of Missouri. He received a degree in theater at the Pasadena Playhouse and a bachelor's and master's degrees at New York University. He studied acting in Manhattan with Paul Mann, Martin Ritt and Curt Conway.

Career[edit]

Everhart started his theatre career in 1939, worked in regional and repertory theaters including the Phoenix Theater, Yale Repertory Theater and seven seasons at The American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut. Everhart also served to 1st lieutenant in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1947. He appeared in Pasadena Playhouse productions, acted and directed shows for NYU and acted at Sarah Stamms Theatre in Newport, Rhode Island and at the Margo Jones Theatre in Dallas. Having made his 1955 Broadway debut in No Time for Sergeants, Everhart's other Broadway shows included Anything Goes, Rags and Woman of the Year. Reviewing the Shakespeare Theater's production of The Comedy of Errors in The New York Times in 1963, Howard Taubman wrote, Rex Everhart handles the two Dromios with unfailing comic gusto. And in 1964, reviewing Much Ado About Nothing, Mr. Taubman said that as the constable Mr. Everhart somehow pries a grin out of us even when we know every simple-minded joke that is coming. 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. In 1978, Mr. Everhart was nominated for a Featured Actor Tony Award for his role in the musical, Working. The actor's television career, which started back in days of live broadcasting, included series, plays, films, soap operas and commercials. Appearing in 16 feature films, Everhart was most recently the voice of Belle's father Maurice in the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast.

Personal life[edit]

Everhart first married Jill Reardon on February 11, 1944. The two divorced in 1957 and had no children. In 1960, he met Claire Violet (née Richard) Everhart, who was also an actress, when they were in the Broadway musical Tenderloin. The two got married on December 21, 1962. The two had a daughter named Degan (born 1966). He lived for many years in Westport, Connecticut.

Death[edit]

Everhart died of lung cancer on March 13, 2000, at age 79. He was survived by his wife Claire, his daughter Degan, and a granddaughter.

Filmography[edit]

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1955–1957 No Time for Sergeants A Colonel, Lt. Abel, Sergeant King Also was Assistant Stage Manager.
1959 Tall Story Clark
1959 The Moonbirds Mr. Perisson
1959 Lysistrata Drunk
1959–1960 Pictures in the Hallway Principal
1960 Peer Gynt Aslak, Herr Von Eberkopf
1960 Henry IV, Part 1 Bardolph
1960 Henry IV, Part 2 Bardolph
1960–1961 Tenderloin Joe
1963 A Rainy Day in Newark Lionel Davis, John T. Kodiak
1965–1966 Skyscraper Stanley
1967–1968 How Now, Dow Jones Bradbury
1969–1972 1776 Benjamin Franklin Rex Everhart, who was Da Silva's understudy, replaced him on the original Broadway cast album after Da Silva suffered a mild heart attack, which required him to leave the show temporarily. Everhart would also play in the 1997 revival.
1973–1974 The Iceman Cometh Pat McGloin
1975–1977 Chicago Amos Hart
1978 Working Herb Rosen, Booker Page Nominated – Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
1981–1983 Woman of the Year Maury
1985 The Playboy of the Western World Michael James Flaherty
1986 Rags "Big Tim" Sullivan
1987–1989 Anything Goes Elisha Whitney

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1965 Who Killed Teddy Bear? Rude Customer
1973 The Seven-Ups Inspector Gilson
1978 Matilda ASPCA attendant #1
1978 Superman Desk Sergeant (Superman's 1st Night)
1980 Friday the 13th Enos, The Truck Driver
1981 Friday the 13th Part 2 Enos, The Truck Driver Uncredited
1987 The Rosary Murders Father Skiarski
1989 Family Business Ray Garvey
1991 Beauty and the Beast Maurice Voice only


Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes


1960 Sunday Showcase (TV series) Officer LeBaron 2 episodes
1961 'Way Out Fred Tench Episode: "The Croaker"
1961 Armstrong Circle Theatre Martin De Vries Episode: "Spin a Crooked Record"
1962–1965 The Defenders (1961 TV Series) Vince Fargo and Al Randall 2 episodes
1962 Naked City Police Officer Episode: "Today the Man Who Kills Ants Is Coming"
1962 Car 54, Where Are You? Door Guard Police Officer Episode: "No More Pickpockets"
1963 The DuPont Show of the Week Charlie Episode: "Windfall"
1965 For the People Pete Farina Episode: "To Prosecute All Crimes"
1966 The Trials of O'Brien Coffee Man Episode: "The 10-Foot, 6-Inch Pole"
1966 ABC Stage 67 Klein Episode: "The Love Song of Barney Kempinski"
1968 Man in a Suitcase Packard Episode: "The Boston Square"
1974–1975 Feelin' Good Mac TV series
1976 Strandad John Rados Television film
1977 The Blue Hotel Scully Television film
1979 The Baby with Four Fathers Paddy O'Brien Television film
1980 Gnomes (voice) Animated television film
1982 The Elephant Man Snork Television film
1983 Running Out Frank Television film
1984 ABC Afterschool Special Captain Splasher Wilking Episode: "Summer Switch"
1991 Law and Order Fire Inspector Episode: "The Torrents of Greed: Part 2"
1992 Square One Television Blinky Isenglass Episode: 5.35 
1992 Lincoln Additional Voices Television film
1993 Ghostwriter Ralph Dugan Episode: Over a Barrel: Part 2

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