"Young and Restless" Actor Michael Evans Dies At 87

Michael Evans, who starred on Broadway with Audrey Hepburn in "Gigi" but was perhaps best known as Col. Douglas Austin on TV's long-running soap opera "The Young and the Restless," has died.

He was 87.

Evans, who lived in North Hollywood for many years, died from age-related complications on Sept. 4 at an assisted-living center in Woodland Hills, said his son, Nick Evans.

From 1980 to 1995, Evans played the best friend of billionaire Victor Newman, who was played by Eric Braeden on CBS's "The Young and the Restless."

"Michael Evans was a total professional from the old English school, a gentleman through and through," Braeden told the Los Angeles Times in a statement Tuesday.

John Michael Evans was born on July 27, 1920, in Sittingbourne, England.

His mother, Mary Galbraith, was an Irish concert violinist and his father, A.J. Evans, was a World War I flyer who twice escaped prisoner-of-war camps and later wrote an adventure book about it called "The Escaping Club."

Evans decided at 12 to become an actor after seeing John Gielgud perform on stage in "Richard II," he told the Toronto Star in 1992.

He was a Royal Air Force navigator during World War II and flew during the German bombing of London.

He made his London stage debut in 1948.

A few years later, he came to Broadway for the show "Ring Around The Moon," co-starring with Harry Belafonte.

He went on to a starring role in the 1951 production of "Gigi" opposite a young Hepburn.

In the late 1950s he played Harry Higgins in a touring production of "My Fair Lady" and gave thousands of performances in the United States and abroad, including in Russia at the height of the Cold War.

Evans also appeared on numerous TV shows, including "Dr. Kildare," "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," "Hunter" and "I Spy," as well as in such films as "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Time After Time."

In addition to his son, Evans is survived by another son, Christopher, of Westport, Calif.; and two sisters, Rosemarie and Bridget.


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