Craig Stevens

Actor
On his way to a career in dentistry, dark and handsome Craig Stevens got the acting bug at the University of Kansas and after some training at the Pasadena Playhouse made his debut in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" ... Read more »
Born: 07/07/1918 in Liberty, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (49)

Dallas 1977 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Marcus Welby, MD -- A Holiday Affair 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Condor 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1985 - 1986 (Tv Show)

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NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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S.O.B. 1981 (Movie)

Willard Gaylin (Actor)

The Home Front 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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The Cabot Connection 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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The Invisible Man 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Killer Bees 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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The Elevator 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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The Snoop Sisters 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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McCloud: Who Killed Miss U.S.A.? 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

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Gunn 1967 (Movie)

Peter Gunn (Actor)

The Loretta Young Theater 1953 - 1962 (TV Show)

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Peter Gunn 1958 - 1961 (TV Show)

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Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

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Buchanan Rides Alone 1958 (Movie)

Abe Carbo (Actor)

Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theater 1954 - 1958 (TV Show)

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Matinee Theater 1955 - 1958 (TV Show)

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Undercurrent 1954 - 1958 (TV Show)

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On Trial 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

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The Deadly Mantis 1957 (Movie)

Colonel Joe Parkman (Actor)

Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1953 (Movie)

Bruce Adams (Actor)

The French Line 1953 (Movie)

Phil Barton (Actor)

Phone Call From a Stranger 1951 (Movie)

Mike Gay (Actor)

Night Unto Night 1948 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Humoresque 1946 (Movie)

Monte Loeffler (Actor)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 (Movie)

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Affectionately Yours (Movie)

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Dive Bomber (Movie)

John Thomas Anthony (Actor)

Drums in the Deep South (Movie)

Braxton Summers (Actor)

Hollywood Canteen (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hollywood Commandos (TV Show)

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Nick and Nora (TV Show)

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Rich Man, Poor Man (TV Show)

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Roughly Speaking (Movie)

Jack Leslie (Actor)

Secret Enemies (Movie)

Carl Becker (Actor)

Since You Went Away (Movie)

Danny Williams (Actor)

That Way with Women (Movie)

Carter Andrews (Actor)

The Body Disappears (Movie)

Robert Struck (Actor)

The Doughgirls (Movie)

Lt. Keary (Actor)

The Home Front (Movie)

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The Love Boat II (TV Show)

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The Man I Love (Movie)

Bandleader (Actor)

Too Young to Know (Movie)

Maj. Bruce (Actor)

Where the Sidewalk Ends (Movie)

Ken Paine (Actor)
Music (2)

Fool's Gold 2008 (Movie)

("Truly Madly Deeply") (Song)

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1999 (Movie)

("Maybe I'm Dead") (Song)

Biography

On his way to a career in dentistry, dark and handsome Craig Stevens got the acting bug at the University of Kansas and after some training at the Pasadena Playhouse made his debut in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939). He signed with Warner Bros. in 1941 and worked there throughout the decade, meeting future wife Alexis Smith and receiving good notices as a newcomer. But the quality of his parts suffered when returning soldiers swelled the acting ranks at the end of World War II. Stevens worked extensively during the Golden Age of TV, augmenting a feature career that paired him with both the Bowery Boys ("Blues Busters" 1950) and Abbott and Costello ("Abbott & Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" 1953), and though he played second banana to the special effects in "The Deadly Mantis" (1957), he was in top form as an intriguing man of mystery in the taut B Western "Buchanan Rides Alone" (1958).

Relationships

Frances Bergen

Companion
widow of Edgar Bergen together from c. 1993

Alexis Smith

Wife
married from 1944 until her death in 1993

EDUCATION

University of Kansas

Lawrence , Kansas
attended

Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena , California

Milestones

1988

Last screen appearance as Frank Poston in "Marcus Welby, M.D.--A Holiday Affair" (NBC)

1981

Reteamed with Edwards for "S.O.B."

1981

Played the part of Craig Stewart on "Dallas" (CBS)

1976

Played Asher Berg in ground-breaking ABC miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man"

1975

Recreated the "Thin Man" role popularized in features by William Powell for ABC special "Nick and Nora" (proposed pilot not picked up)

1967

Reprised Peter Gunn role for Blake Edwards' "Gunn"; Edwards was the producer of the TV series

1964

Played Michael Bell, sophisticated Broadway press agent, in another short-lived series, "Mr. Broadway" (CBS)

1963

Broadway debut as Fred Gaily in "Here's Love"

1962

Starred as Michael Strait in short-lived syndicated series "Man of the World"

1958

Star of the popular series "Peter Gunn" (first two seasons on NBC, last one ABC)

1958

Offered intriguing performance as a man of mystery in "Buchanan Rides Alone", a taut B Western starring Randolph Scott

1957

Starred in "The Deadly Mantis", although the real star was the special effects

1953

Provided half of the romantic duo (with Helen Westcott) for "Abbott & Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"

1950

Acted with the Bowery Boys in "Blues Busters"; first movie (excluding debut) not with Warners

1943

Made two additional films with Smith, "The Doughgirls" and "Hollywood Canteen"

1940

Signed by Warner Bros.; acted in two films with future wife Alexis Smith, receiving good notices for his support of Flight Commander Fred MacMurray in "Dive Bomber" and as Smith's love interest in "Steel Against the Sky"

1939

Feature debut as a Senate reporter in "Mr Smith Goes to Washington"

Had regular role as Walter Carlson in NBC series "The Invisible Man", starring David McCallum in title part

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