Mark Stevens (actor)

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Mark Stevens
Mark Stevens the dark corner.JPG
in The Dark Corner (1946)
BornRichard William Stevens
(1916-12-13)December 13, 1916
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
DiedSeptember 15, 1994(1994-09-15) (aged 77)
Majores, Spain
Other namesStephen Richards
Years active1943–1987
Spouse(s)Annelle Hayes (m. 1945–62) (divorced) 2 children
 
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Mark Stevens
Mark Stevens the dark corner.JPG
in The Dark Corner (1946)
BornRichard William Stevens
(1916-12-13)December 13, 1916
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
DiedSeptember 15, 1994(1994-09-15) (aged 77)
Majores, Spain
Other namesStephen Richards
Years active1943–1987
Spouse(s)Annelle Hayes (m. 1945–62) (divorced) 2 children

Mark Stevens (December 13, 1916 – September 15, 1994) was an American actor.

Career[edit]

Born Richard William Stevens in Cleveland, Ohio, he first studied to become a painter before becoming active in theater work. He then launched a radio career as an announcer in Akron, Ohio.

Moving to Hollywood, he became a Warner Brothers contract actor at $100 a week in 1943. The studio darkened and straightened his curly ginger-colored hair and covered his freckles. At first he was billed as Stephen Richards, but it was changed to Mark Stevens at the suggestion of Darryl Zanuck when he moved to 20th Century Fox.

Stevens emerged as a film noir leading man in such films as Within These Walls (1945) and The Dark Corner (1946), the latter pairing him with Lucille Ball. In 1946 exhibitors voted him the fifth-most promising "star of tomorrow".[1]

He played an FBI man going undercover to arrest a gangster played by Richard Widmark in The Street With No Name (1948), and appeared as Olivia de Havilland's loyal husband in The Snake Pit (1948). Stevens also performed in musicals including I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now? (1947) and Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1949).[2]

In 1951, he starred in the DuMont series News Gal which was later syndicated on ABC in 1957. From 1954-1956 he played a newspaper managing editor in the CBS Television series Big Town, having replaced Patrick McVey, who starred in the role from 1950-1954. Reruns of Big Town began airing on DuMont under the title City Assignment while new episodes of the series were still appearing on CBS.

In the 1950s Stevens was also a television actor, producer and writer. He also directed and starred in four features, notably a 1956 crime film, Time Table. He later worked in semi-retirement in the 1960s in Europe.[3] In the 80's he appeared in television shows Magnum, P.I. and Murder, She Wrote.

Death[edit]

On September 15, 1994, Stevens died of cancer in Majores, Spain, at the age of 77.[4]

For his contribution to the television industry, Mark Stevens has a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, located at 6637 Hollywood Blvd.

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1943Destination TokyoAdmiral's aideUncredited
1944Passage to MarseilleLieutenant HastingsUncredited
Roaring GunsLance Ferrisas Stephen Richards
The DoughgirlsLt. Harry KerryUncredited
Hollywood CanteenSoldier on deckUncredited
1945Objective, Burma!Lt. Barkeras Stephen Richards
God Is My Co-PilotSgt. Baldridgeas Stephen Richards
The Horn Blows at MidnightAngelUncredited
Rhapsody in BlueSteveUncredited
Within These WallsSteve Purcell
Pride of the MarinesAinsleeas Stephen Richards
1946From This Day ForwardBill Cummings
The Dark CornerBradford Galt
1947I Wonder Who's Kissing Her NowJoe Howard
1948The Street with No NameGene Cordell/George Manly
The Snake PitRobert Cunningham
1949SandJeff Keane
Oh, You Beautiful DollLarry Kelly
Dancing in the DarkBill Davis
1950Please Believe MeMatthew Kinston
Between Midnight and DawnOfficer Rocky Barnes
1951Target UnknownCapt. Jerome 'Steve' Stevens
Katie Did ItPeter Van Arden
Little EgyptWayne Cravat
Reunion in RenoNorman Drake
1952MutinyCapt. James Marshall
The Lost HoursPaul Smith
Torpedo AlleyLt. Bob Bingham
1953Jack SladeJoseph A. 'Jack' Slade
1954Cry VengeanceVic BarronAlso director
1956Time TableCharlie NormanAlso director
1957Gunsight RidgeVelvet Clark
1958Gun FeverLuke RamAlso director
Gunsmoke in TucsonJedediah (Chip) Coburn
1960September StormJoe Balfour
1963Escape from Hell IslandCapt. JamesAlso director
1964Fate Is the HunterMickey Doolan
Frozen AliveDr. Frank OvertonOriginal title: Der Fall X701
1965Jessy Does Not Forgive... He Kills!Sheriff Jeff KinsleyOriginal title: Tierra de fuego
1966Go with God, GringoSmithOriginal title: Vaya con dios gringo
1969Cry for Poor WallyGaylord Blue - Radio DJ
Spain AgainDr. David FosterOriginal title: España otra vez
1972The Fury of the WolfmanBill WilliamsUncredited
Original title: La furia del Hombre Lobo

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "The Stars of To-morrow.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 10 September 1946. p. 11 Supplement: The Sydney Morning Herald Magazine. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  2. ^ All Movie biography
  3. ^ IMDB Biography
  4. ^ TCM Biography

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