Robert “Bob” Evans

Robert “Bob” Evans

Birth
New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 26 Oct 2019 (aged 89)
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 204235021 · View Source
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Motion Picture Producer, Executive, Actor. He rose from performer, to a powerful Hollywood executive and producer, before substance abuse hindered his later career. Born Robert Shapera to Jewish parents, he was a well established child actor of roughly 300 radio programs prior to reaching the age of eighteen. He suffered from a collapsed lung at the age of twenty one and briefly left the entertainment industry to work as a sportswear salesman with his brother Charles who was co-founder of a clothing company. His interest to perform again was ignited after meeting actress Norma Shearer who convinced him to portray her husband Irving Thalberg in the picture "Man of a Thousand Faces" (1957). This was followed with "The Sun Also Rises" (1957), opposite Tyrone Power in which he (Evans) played a bullfighter, "The Fiend Who Walked West" (1958) and "The Best of Everything" (1959). Evans returned to the garment industry where he remained for several years, before becoming vice president in charge of production at Paramount Pictures in 1966. By 1969, he rose to executive vice president of worldwide production. During his tenure, the films "Rosemary's Baby" (1968), "Romeo and Juliet" (1968) and two pictures "Goodbye, Columbus" (1969) and "Love Story" (1970) which starred his wife Ali McGraw. "The Godfather" (1972) became an iconic, multiple Academy Award garnered picture. During the filming of the picture "The Getaway" (1972), MacGraw began an offscreen romance with Steve McQueen which ended her marriage to Evans. His debut as a produced resulted in the highly critically acclaimed "Chinatown" (1974), which starred Jack Nicholson. He went on to produce "The Marathon Man" (1976), "Black Sunday" (1977) and "Urban Cowboy" (1980), however his success at that capacity dwindled by 1980. In 1980, he was convicted of cocaine possession. His production "The Cotton Club" (1984) was a box office flop. Evans became involved in scandal after he associated himself with Roy Radin (who had a criminal history), when he need funding for his project "The Cotton Club." Radin was murdered in 1983 which resulted in Evans being forced to testify in court as a material witness. In spite of these events, his career recovered during the 1990s and he resumed producing with the films "The Two Jakes" (1990), "Sliver" (1993) and "Jade" (1995). He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to motion pictures in 2002. Dustin Hoffman's character in the film "Wag the Dog" (1997) was based on Robert Evans. In addition to MacGraw, Evans was formerly married to actresses Sharon Hugueny, Camilla Sparv, former Miss. America Phyllis George and actress Catherine Oxenberg.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 28 Oct 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 204235021
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert “Bob” Evans (30 Jun 1930–26 Oct 2019), Find A Grave Memorial no. 204235021, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Burial Details Unknown.