British-born actor Michael Evans, who was the best friend to a billionaire on the soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” has died. He was 87. Age-related complications were cited by his son, Nick Evans.
John Michael Evans was born in 1920 in Sittingbourne, England; the AP reports his father had been a flier in World War I and his mother a concert violinist. The younger Evans served in the Royal Air Force in World War II.
The AP reports that for 15 years, Evans played Col. Douglas Austin, the friend of billionaire Victor Newman, on CBS’s long-running “The Young and the Restless.”
Newman is played by Eric Braeden, who hailed Evans as “a total professional from the old English school, a gentleman through and through.”
Evans debuted in London theater back in 1948. In 1950, he came to Broadway for the short-lived play “Ring Round the Moon.”
The 1951 production of “Gigi” had Evans as the handsome Parisian who falls in love with young Gigi, played by Audrey Hepburn.
In the late 1950s he played Henry Higgins in a touring production of “My Fair Lady,” performing in the United States and abroad, including in Russia at the height of the Cold War.
Evans had a long TV resume, including “Dr. Kildare,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Hunter” and “I Spy,” and feature films “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Time After Time.”
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