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Stevens circa 1950
|Born||Warren Albert Stevens
November 2, 1919
Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||March 27, 2012
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Complications of lung disease|
|Alma mater||The Actor's Studio|
|Spouse(s)||Susan Tucker Huntington
(1942 – ?; divorced),
(1969 – ?; divorced)
Warren Albert Stevens (November 2, 1919 – March 27, 2012) was an American stage, screen, and television actor.
Early life and career
Born in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, Stevens began his acting career after serving in the United States Army Air Corps as a pilot during World War II. A founding member of The Actor's Studio in New York, Stevens received notice on Broadway in the late 1940s, and thereafter was offered a Hollywood contract at 20th Century Fox. His first Broadway role was in The Life of Galileo (1947) and his first movie role followed in The Frogmen (1951). As a young studio contract player, Stevens had little choice of material, and he appeared in films that included Phone Call from a Stranger (1952), Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie (1952), and Gorilla at Large (1954). A memorable movie role was that of the ill-fated "Doc" Ostrow in the science fiction film Forbidden Planet (1956). He also had a supporting role in The Barefoot Contessa (1954) with Humphrey Bogart.
Despite occasional parts in big films, Stevens was unable to break out consistently into A-list movies, so he carved out a career in television as a journeyman dramatic actor.
He co-starred as Lt. William Storm in Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers (NBC, 1956–1957), a prime time adventure series set in India. Stevens also provided the voice of John Bracken in season one of Bracken's World (NBC, 1968–1970).
He appeared in over 150 prime time shows from the 1950s to the early 1980s, including:
- Golden Age anthology series (Actors Studio, Campbell Playhouse, Justice, Philco Television Playhouse, Studio One, The United States Steel Hour, Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, Route 66),
- Mysteries Hawaiian Eye (4 episodes), Perry Mason, The Untouchables, Climax!, Checkmate (2 episodes), Surfside 6 (2 episodes), 77 Sunset Strip (2 episodes), Behind Closed Doors, I Spy, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Ironside (3 episodes), The Mod Squad, Cannon (3 episodes), Griff, Mission: Impossible.
- Horror and Sci Fi Inner Sanctum (3 episodes), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (2 episodes), The Twilight Zone (episode "Dead Man's Shoes"), One Step Beyond (episode "The Riddle"), Mission: Impossible (4 episodes), The Outer Limits (episode Keeper of the Purple Twilight), Star Trek (episode By Any Other Name), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (3 episodes), The Time Tunnel, Science Fiction Theater, Land of the Giants (2 episodes)
- Comedies The Donna Reed Show (2 episodes, 1965 and 1966)
- Westerns (Laramie, The Rebel, The Man Called Shenandoah), Wagon Train (2 episodes), The Alaskans, Gunsmoke (3 episodes), Bonanza (4 episodes), Daniel Boone (3 episodes), The Virginian (3 episodes), Rawhide, and Have Gun, Will Travel (3 episodes)).
Stevens' appearances on CBS's Have Gun, Will Travel introduced him to Richard Boone, who hired him for a continuing television role on The Richard Boone Show, an award-winning NBC anthology series which lasted for the 1963–1964 season.
Stevens was a close friend of actor Richard Basehart and helped him through a difficult divorce in the early 1960s. Stevens guest-starred in a few episodes of Basehart's ABC series, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. He also had a supporting role on another Irwin Allen production, The Return of Captain Nemo in 1978.
Selected television credits
|1950||Robert Montgomery Presents||"The Champion"|
|1950-53||The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse||Various roles||4 episodes|
|1953||Suspense||Bernard Frank||"Mr. Matches"|
|1953-54||Studio One||Various roles||2 episodes|
|1954||The U.S. Steel Hour||Paul Dane||"The End of Paul Dane"|
|1955||Medic||Dr. Robert Alan Parker||"Breath of Life"|
|1955-56||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Various roles||2 episodes|
|1956||Four Star Playhouse||Dan||"Dark Meeting"|
|1956-57||Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers||Lt. William Storm||26 episodes|
|1957||Climax!||Various roles||2 episodes|
|1957-63||Gunsmoke||Various roles||3 episodes|
|1957-63||Have Gun-Will Travel||Various roles||3 episodes|
|1958||Perry Mason||Alan Neil||"The Case of the Empty Tin"|
|1959-62||Wagon Train||Various roles||2 episodes|
|1959||Tales of Wells Fargo||Clay Allison||"Clay Allison"|
|1960-62||Hawaiian Eye||Various roles||4 episodes|
|1962||The Twilight Zone||Nathan 'Nate' Bledsoe||"Dead Man's Shoes"|
|1963-64||The Richard Boone Show||Various roles||25 episodes|
|1964||The Outer Limits||Eric Plummer||"Keeper of the Purple Twilight"|
|1965||Rawhide||Talbot||"Clash at Broken Bluff"|
|1965||Bonanza||Paul Mandel||"The Ballerina"|
|1965||The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Capt. Dennis Jenks||"The Children's Day Affair"|
|1966||The Rat Patrol||Sgt. Frank Griffin||"The Do or Die Raid"|
|1966||The Time Tunnel||Dr. Harlow||"One Way To The Moon"|
|1966||Combat!||Sgt. Higgin||"The Gun"|
|1967||Bonanza||Count Alexis||"The Prince"|
|1967||Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea||Van Wyck||"Cave of the Dead"|
|1968||Star Trek||Rojan||"By Any Other Name"|
|1968||Bonanza||Sam Bragan||"The Trackers"|
|1975||M*A*S*H||Colonel Chaffey||"The Gun"|
|1980||Quincy, M.E.||Wayne Fields||"Last Rites"|
- "Warren Stevens, Busy Character Actor, Dies at 92". New York Times. March 30, 2012.
- Garfield, David (1980). "Birth of The Actors Studio: 1947–1950". A Player's Place: The Story of the Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 52. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.
Others [selected by Kazan] were Tom Avera, Edward Binns, Dorothy Bird, Rudy Bond, Annette Erlanger, Don Hanmer, Anne Hegira, Peg Hillias, Jennifer Howard, Robin Humphrey, Alicia Krug, Michael Lewin, Pat McClarney, Lenka Peterson, Warren Stevens, Joe Sullivan, and John Sylvester.
- The Broadway League. "Galileo – IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". ibdb.com. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
- ""ER" Strange Bedfellows (TV Episode 2006)". IMDb. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
- "Rest in Peace: Warren Stevens". Dread Central. Retrieved January 26, 2015.