Maurice Evans

Actor, Producer, TV producer
Illustrious Shakespearean and Shavian actor who brought the classics to the masses with his Broadway performances, his numerous wartime productions and peacetime tours and his well-regarded presentations on TV's ... Read more »
Born: 06/02/1901 in Dorchester, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (20)

Agatha Christie's "A Caribbean Mystery" 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Sam Hughes's War 1983 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Jerk 1979 (Movie)

Hobart (Actor)

Terror in the Wax Museum 1974 (Movie)

Inspector (Actor)

Bewitched 1964 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Beneath the Planet of the Apes 1970 (Movie)

Dr Zaius (Actor)

U.M.C. 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Planet of the Apes 1968 (Movie)

Dr Zaius (Actor)

Rosemary's Baby 1968 (Movie)

Hutch (Actor)

Jack of Diamonds 1966 (Movie)

Nicolai (Actor)

The War Lord 1964 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

Macbeth 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas Tree 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Macbeth 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

Hamlet 1952 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

Androcles and the Lion (Movie)

Caesar (Actor)

Batman (TV Show)

Actor

Kind Lady (Movie)

Henry Springer Elcott (Actor)

The Brotherhood of the Bell (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Alice in Wonderland 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Producer

The Good Fairy 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Producer

Biography

Illustrious Shakespearean and Shavian actor who brought the classics to the masses with his Broadway performances, his numerous wartime productions and peacetime tours and his well-regarded presentations on TV's "Hallmark Hall of Fame" during the 1950s and 60s.

In films from 1930, Evans is probably best known to contemporary audiences as the inquisitor Zaius in the "Planet of the Apes" films and as Elizabeth Montgomery's warlock father, Maurice on TV's "Bewitched" (1964-72).

Relationships

Laura Evans

Mother

Alfred Evans

Father
amateur playwright

EDUCATION

University of Cambridge

Cambridge , England
professional acting debut in "The Oresteia" in 1926; left after one year to pursue acting full-time

Grocers' Company School

Milestones

1984

FInal film appearance in "Sam Hughes's War"

1955

Debut as TV producer, "The Devil's Disciple", "Dream Girl" and "Alice in Wonderland" (all on "Hallmark Hall of Fame")

1953

TV debut as "Hamlet" on Hallmark Hall of Fame

1938

Debut as Broadway producer, "Hamlet" (also star)

1935

Broadway debut as Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet"

1935

Left England for the United States and Broadway

1934

Joined the Old Vic

1930

Film debut, "White Cargo"

1927

First role on London stage in "The One-Eyed Herring"

1926

Stage acting debut in "The Oresteia"

Operated a cleaning and dyeing shop while waiting for stage break

Began career as a boy singer and appeared in father's adaptations of Thomas Hardy's novels

Served as major with US Army during WWII; was in charge of Army Entertainment Section in the Central Pacific arena

Toured US and armed forces with version of "Hamlet" known as "G.I. Hamlet"

Had recurring role as Samantha's warlock father on the ABC sitcom "Bewitched"

Bonus Trivia

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Awarded the Drama League Medal (1937)

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Received the Legion of Merit from US Army (1945)

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He was given the Christopher Award (1953 and 1956)

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Honorary artistic supervisor, City Center Theatre Company in NYC from 1949-51.

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Received American Shakespeare Festival Theatre and Academy Special Award for TV production of "The Taming of the Shrew" (1956).

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He was awarded the Veteran's Administrative Voluntary Certificate in 1961.

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Given the Salmagundi Award (1962).

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He was awarded honorary degrees from the University of Hawaii, Lafayette College and Brandeis University.

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