Maurice Evans (I) (1901–1989)

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A grand, robust, highly theatrical British classical actor, Maurice Evans was born on June 3, 1901, in Dorchester, England, the son of a justice of the peace who enjoyed amateur play writing on the side. In fact, his father adapted several adaptations of Thomas Hardy's novels and Evans would often appear in them. Early interest also came in London... See full bio »

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Known For

Planet of the Apes Dr. Zaius
The Jerk Hobart


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 1983 A Caribbean Mystery (TV Movie)
Major Geoffrey Palgrave
 1980 The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything (TV Movie)
Mr. Leroy Wintermore
 1980 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Hollister Dale
 1980 Hagen (TV Series)
- Jeopardy (1980)
 1979 The Jerk
 1978 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Helmsley the Butler
- The Beachcomber/The Last Whodunnit (1978) ... Helmsley the Butler
 1975 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Leopold Summers
- School of Fear (1975) ... Leopold Summers
 1975 Columbo (TV Series)
- Forgotten Lady (1975) ... Raymond
 1975 Caribe (TV Series)
Dr. Grant
- The Patriots (1975) ... Dr. Grant
 1974 The Canterville Ghost (TV Movie)
Lord Canterville
 1974 The Snoop Sisters (TV Series)
Judge N.D.
- Fear Is a Free-Throw (1974) ... Judge N.D.
 1973 The Six Million Dollar Man: The Solid Gold Kidnapping (TV Movie)
Chairman of the Board
 1973 Terror in the Wax Museum
Inspector Daniels
 1972 Pets
All Pets (voice)
 1972 Search (TV Series)
Roger White
- The Murrow Disappearance (1972) ... Roger White
 1964-1971 Bewitched (TV Series)
- Adam, Warlock or Washout (1971) ... Maurice
- A Plague on Maurice and Samantha (1971) ... Maurice
- Paris, Witches Style (1971) ... Maurice
- Darrin the Warlock (1969) ... Maurice
- Daddy Comes to Visit (1969) ... Maurice
 1970 The Brotherhood of the Bell (TV Movie)
Harry Masters
 1969 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Admiral Nathaniel Johnson
- Never Give the Fuzz an Even Break (1969) ... Admiral Nathaniel Johnson
 1969 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Edward Hewitt
- Danger Road (1969) ... Edward Hewitt
 1969 Medical Center (TV Series)
Dr. Easler
- Operation Heartbeat (1969) ... Dr. Easler
 1969 The Body Stealers
Dr. Matthews
 1969 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Harold Wyler
- An Agent of the Plaintiff (1969) ... Harold Wyler
 1968 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Victor Toller
- The Intermediary (1968) ... Victor Toller
 1964-1968 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Professor Whitecliff / Sir Neville Nebbish
- Cauliflower Fiddles While Bolivar Burns (1968) ... Professor Whitecliff
- The Taming of the Schmo (1964) ... Sir Neville Nebbish
 1968 Rosemary's Baby
 1967-1968 Tarzan (TV Series)
General Basil Bertram / General Bertram
- The Four O'Clock Army: Part 2 (1968) ... General Basil Bertram
- The Four O'Clock Army: Part 1 (1968) ... General Basil Bertram
- Algie B for Brave (1967) ... General Bertram
- Basil of the Bulge (1967) ... General Bertram
 1968 Planet of the Apes
Dr. Zaius
 1967 Saint Joan (TV Movie)
Bishop Cauchon
 1967 I Spy (TV Series)
- Oedipus at Colonus (1967) ... Jahbad
 1967 Jack of Diamonds
Nicolai Vodkine
 1967 Traitors of San Angel
James Keefe
 1967 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
- Beaumarchais (1967) ... Beaumarchais
 1966 Batman (TV Series)
The Puzzler
- The Duo Is Slumming (1966) ... The Puzzler
- The Puzzles Are Coming (1966) ... The Puzzler
 1966 One of Our Spies Is Missing
Sir Norman Swickert
 1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Sir Norman Swickert
- The Bridge of Lions Affair: Part II (1966) ... Sir Norman Swickert
- The Bridge of Lions Affair: Part 1 (1966) ... Sir Norman Swickert
 1965 The War Lord
 1965 Enter Hamlet (Short)
Hamlet (voice)
 1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
- The Game (1965) ... Abelard
 1959-1962 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Captain George Kingston
- No Leave for the Captain (1959) ... Captain George Kingston
 1960/III Macbeth (TV Movie)
 1960 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (TV Series)
British General
 1960 The Tempest (TV Movie)
 1960 Startime (TV Series)
Andrew Crocker-Harris
- The Browning Version (1960) ... Andrew Crocker-Harris
 1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
- Caesar and Cleopatra (1959) ... Caesar
 1958 The Christmas Tree (TV Movie)
Narrator, 'The Gospel according to Mark:'
 1958 Dial M for Murder (TV Movie)
Tony Wendice
 1957 Twelfth Night (TV Movie)
 1956 Man and Superman (TV Movie)
John Tanner
 1956 The Taming of the Shrew (TV Movie)
 1956 The Good Fairy (TV Movie)
Host / Narrator
 1955 The Devil's Disciple (TV Movie)
Richard Dudgeon
 1954 Macbeth (TV Movie)
 1954 King Richard II (TV Movie)
King Richard II
 1953 Hamlet (TV Movie)
 1953 Gilbert and Sullivan
Arthur Sullivan
 1952 Androcles and the Lion
Emperor Antoninus (Caesar)
 1951 Kind Lady
Henry Springer Elcott
 1935 Scrooge
Poor Man
 1935 Checkmate
Phillip Allen
 1934 Bypass to Happiness
 1934 The Path of Glory
Anton Maroni
 1933 The Only Girl
 1932 Marry Me
Paul Hart
 1932 Wedding Rehearsal
 1931 Cupboard Love (Short)
 1930 Should a Doctor Tell?
Roger Smith
 1930 Raise the Roof
Rodney Langford
 1929 White Cargo
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He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "The Taming of the Shrew," at the Old Vic Theatre and Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, England with Mary Newcombe, Felix Aylmer, Abraham Sofaer, Cecil Trouncer, Alec Clunes, Alan Webb, and Leo Genn in the cast. Henry Cass was director. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 5 Articles | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


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[on his job as producer of Shakespeare plays for the "Hallmark Hall of Fame"]: Our job is to lead public taste, not play to what is thought to be public taste.


During World War II, he commanded the Special Entertainment Unit which included fellow actors Werner Klemperer and Carl Reiner. See more »


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