Evans, Andre du Prés
in: 109 episodes
episode: # 35, August 12, 1966
episode: # 530, July 8, 1968
October 30, 1929; LaJolla, California
August 7, 1983
In 1963, David Ford filled out a questionnaire for the press
office of one of his plays (Abe Lincoln in Illinois),
listing his jobs in "fields other than entertainment."
Among others he listed: "picked lemons, truck driving, dishwashing,
soda jerk, sales man for Bloomingdale's, and Macys elevator operator,
bellboy, sold souvenir programs in theatre, worked in aircraft
plant, as a waiter."
it was as an actor that David found the most success -- and met
one of his wives.
not uncommon for costars to fall in love, but David’s DS
cast mates were a bit surprised when the gruff, heavyset actor married
the much younger, petite Nancy Barrett in 1968. The couple divorced
two years later."I thought he was a very talented actor, and
I was drawn to that," Nancy told me in 2001.
joining the cast of Dark Shadows, David had honed his talents
on the stage in his native California as well as the east coast:
"I spent six seasons of summer stock on the eastern seaboard
as young leading man and character juvenile," he said in 1963.
"[Then I did] an English production of Peer Gynt in Mexico
City, then up to several off-Broadway and Broadway shows."
One of his most popular roles, John Hancock in the B'way musical 1776, was immortalized on film in the movie adaptation the play. (His DS costar Virginia Vestoff is in that movie as well.)
actor died of a heart attack in New York City in 1983.
Edge of Night, Love of Life, Search for Tomorrow (Karl Devlin,
PRIMETIME TV: Adam's
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1776 (John Hancock, 1972), Loving.
The Durango Flash (Film Crew Member, 1976-77), That Championship
Season (1973-74, Buffalo), The Tea Party (Sisson, 1968, NY),
A Chekov Sketchbook: The Witch (Postman, 1967),Cat on a Hot
Tin Roof (1965-66, Hartford), The White Rose and the Red (1964),
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (Jack Armstrong, 1962-63), A Chekhov
Sketchbook: The Vagrant (Nikander, 1961-62), The Sign of Jonah
(1960), Marcus in the High Grass (1960), A Journey with Strangers
(1958), Mary Stuart (O'Kelly, 1957-58), Billy Budd (1955),
Twelfth Night, Hedda Gabler, Major Barbara, Tartuffe, The
(John Hancock & John Dickinson, 1969-71), A Man for All
Seasons (Duke of Norfolk), The Physicists (Oscar Rose), In
the Middle of the Night (Husband), A Majority of One (Jerry).