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Steve Forrest

A ruggedly handsome action man of the 1960's and 70's, Steve Forrest began his screen career as a small part contract player with MGM. A brother of star Dana Andrews, he was born William Forrest Andrews, the youngest of thirteen children. His father was a Baptist minister in Huntsville, Texas. In 1942, Steve enlisted in the U.S. Army, rose to the rank of sergeant and saw action at the Battle of the Bulge. Following his demobilisation, he visited his brother in Hollywood and came to the conclusion that acting wasn't a bad way to make a living (having already done some work as a movie extra). He went on to study in college at UCLA, eventually graduating in 1950 with a B.A. Honours Degree in theatre arts. He then served a brief apprenticeship as a carpenter, prop boy and set builder at San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse, where he was discovered by resident actor Gregory Peck and given a small part as a bellboy in the cast of the summer stock production of "Goddbye Again". A subsequent screen test led to a contract with MGM and resulting employment as second leads, brothers of the titular star, toughs and outlaws. His first proper recognition was being awarded 'New Star of the Year' by Golden Globe for his role in So Big (1953), a drama based on a Pulitzer prize-winning novel by Edna Ferber. From the mid-1950's, the rangy, 6-foot-3 actor became much in-demand on TV, beginning with classic early anthology and western series, interspersed with occasional appearances on the big screen (notably, in The Longest Day (1962) and as Joan Crawford's lover/attorney Greg Savitt in Mommie Dearest (1981)). In addition to numerous guest roles, he was regularly featured in series like Gunsmoke (1955), Dallas (1978) (as Wes Parmalee, who believes himself to be lost Ewing patriarch Jock) and Murder, She Wrote (1984). Already from the mid-60's, he decided to pick his assignments more carefully. In order to shed his image as the perpetual bad guy, he had relocated his family to England to star as antique-dealer-cum-undercover intelligence agent John Mannering in BBC's The Baron (1966). He followed this by another starring role as the stoic, tough Lieutenant Dan 'Hondo' Harrelson in the short-lived ABC police drama series S.W.A.T. (1975), possibly his best-remembered role. Steve later lampooned his screen personae in the satirical Amazon Women on the Moon (1987). In private life, Steve Forrest was known as a skilled golfer, lover of football and (according to 1970's newspaper articles) as a dedicated amateur beekeeper.


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Born:
Sep 29, 1924 In Huntsville, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
67
First Appeared:
In the movie The Clown 1953-01-16
Latest Project:
Series Dream On 1990-07-08
Known For
Poster of Hollywood Wives
Poster of The Twilight Zone
Filmography
Series Dream On Unknown 1990-07-08
Movie Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge Will Mannon 1987-09-27
Movie Amazon Women on the Moon Capt. Nelson 1987-09-18
Movie Spies Like Us General Sline 1985-12-06
Movie Hollywood Wives 1985-02-18
Series Hollywood Wives 1985-02-17
Series Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Movie Sahara Gordon 1983-12-01
Series Hotel Unknown 1983-09-21
Movie Hotline Tom Hunter 1982-03-10
Movie Mommie Dearest Greg Savitt 1981-09-18
Movie North Dallas Forty Conrad Hunter 1979-08-03
Movie Maneaters Are Loose! David Birk 1978-05-03
Series S.W.A.T. 1975-02-17
Movie The Hatfields and the McCoys Randall McCoy 1975-01-15
Movie The Hanged Man James Devlin 1974-03-13
Series The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts Unknown 1974-10-31
Movie The Magic of Walt Disney World Narrator 1972-12-20
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-16
Series Ghost Story Unknown 1972-09-15
Series The Rookies Unknown 1972-09-11
Series The Sixth Sense Unknown 1972-01-15
Series Alias Smith and Jones Unknown 1971-01-05
Movie The Late Liz Jim Hatch 1971-09-01
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Series Night Gallery Unknown 1970-12-16
Movie The Wild Country Jim Tanner 1970-12-16
Series Medical Center Unknown 1969-09-24
Movie Rascal Willard North 1969-06-11
Series The Name of the Game Unknown 1968-09-20
Series The High Chaparral Unknown 1967-09-10
Series Cimarron Strip Unknown 1967-09-07
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series The Baron John Mannering 1966-09-28
Series Mission: Impossible Unknown 1966-09-17
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Series The Fugitive Unknown 1963-09-17
Series Arrest and Trial Unknown 1963-09-15
Movie The Yellow Canary Hub Wiley 1963-05-15
Movie The Longest Day Capt. Harding 1962-09-25
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Movie The Second Time Around Dan Jones 1961-12-22
Movie Flaming Star Clint Burton 1960-12-20
Movie 5 Branded Women Paul Keller 1960-03-15
Movie Heller in Pink Tights Clint Mabry 1960-03-01
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1959-10-02
Series The DuPont Show with June Allyson Unknown 1959-09-21
Movie It Happened to Jane Lawrence Clay 'Larry' Hall 1959-08-04
Series Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Unknown 1958-10-06
Movie The Living Idol Terry Matthews 1957-05-02
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie Meet Me in Las Vegas Steve Forrest (uncredited) 1956-03-09
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie Bedevilled Gregory Fitzgerald 1955-04-28
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie Rogue Cop Eddie Kelvaney 1954-09-17
Movie Prisoner of War Cpl. Joseph Robert Stanton 1954-05-04
Movie Phantom of the Rue Morgue Prof. Paul Dupin 1954-03-27
Movie Take the High Ground! Lobo Nagalaski 1953-10-30
Movie So Big Dirk DeJong 1953-10-21
Series Letter to Loretta Unknown 1953-09-20
Movie The Band Wagon Passenger on Train 1953-08-07
Movie I Love Melvin Photographer on Crane (uncredited) 1953-03-20
Movie Last of the Comanches Lt. Floyd (uncredited) 1953-02-01
Movie The Clown Young Man 1953-01-16