Gene Evans Overview:

Character actor, Gene Evans, was born Eugene Barton Evans on Jul 11, 1922 in Holbrook, AZ. Evans died at the age of 75 on Apr 1, 1998 in Jackson, TN .


Red-haired, blue-eyed, hard-driving American actor with gruff voice, usually in tough or brutish roles, but occasionally effective in leads. The cinema underestimated his versatility, but television allowed him to show his more benevolent side in the series My Friend Flicka. In later years, he continued to be seen mainly in westerns and outdoor dramas.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Gene Evans Quotes:

Steve Karnes: [looking at the instrument plate] This is very impressive, but I'm not going to perform surgery... I'm going to cut a fish.

Chief Mechanic's Mate Sam Tostin: [speaking to Maj.Heywood in the engine room] You know, I spent alot of years disliking women. But I don't dislike you.
Maj. Edna Heywood, RN: Oh?
Chief Mechanic's Mate Sam Tostin: You're not a woman. You're more than a woman. You're a *mechanic*

Hook: Alright, boys, to the ship. And them that's tardy will fell the weight of this!
[he brandishes his right arm with its hook]

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Although he often played tough, snarling sergeants, gunslingers or cops, in reality Evans had very poor eyesight and could barely see without his glasses. Only in Donovan's Brain (1953) did his character, a scientist, get to wear glasses, and Evans at the time remarked that it was a revelation for him to be able to actually see the actors he was working with.

Served in the US Army during World War II, during which he received a Purple Heart for wounds received in battle and a Bronze Star for bravery.

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