Maurice Evans

Maurice Evans

  • Highest Rated: 97% Rosemary's Baby (1968)
  • Lowest Rated: 33% Androcles and the Lion (1953)
  • Birthday: Jun 3, 1901
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Internationally acclaimed British stage star Maurice Evans is celebrated for his lyrical speaking voice and his great performances in the classics. The son of an amateur playwright, he sang professionally as a boy and later acted in his father's adaptations of Thomas Hardy's novels. In 1926 he made his professional stage debut, and first appeared on the London stage the following year. While establishing his reputation he supported himself by running a cleaning and dyeing establishment. In 1929 his triumphant performance in Journey's End allowed him to become a full-time actor. He appeared in a handful of British films from 1930-35, but otherwise remained exclusively a stage actor. He joined the Old Vic company in 1934, then moved to the U.S. in 1935, when he began a long and illustrious career on Broadway; he was most revered for his work in plays by Shakespeare and Shaw. In 1941 he became a U.S. citizen. During World War II he was put in charge of the Army Entertainment Section, Central Pacific Theater; with the rank of major, he toured Pacific military bases in a streamlined version of Hamlet. He returned to the screen in 1951 in Kind Lady opposite Ethel Barrymore, but again went on to make only a few films over the next two decades, none of which matched the stature of his stage productions. His best-known role was as the ape Dr. Zaius in Planet of the Apes (1968) and Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970). He also did much work on TV, most memorably on the sitcom Bewitched, in which he played Elizabeth Montgomery's warlock father.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet A Caribbean Mystery Major Geoffrey Palgrave 1983
81% The Jerk Hobart 1979
No Score Yet Terror in the Wax Museum Inspector 1973
No Score Yet The Brotherhood of the Bell Harry Masters 1970
38% Beneath The Planet Of The Apes Dr. Zaius 1970
No Score Yet Invasion of the Body Stealers Actor 1969
No Score Yet Operation Heartbeat Actor 1969
97% Rosemary's Baby Edward "Hutch" Hutchins 1968
88% Planet of the Apes Dr. Zaius 1968
No Score Yet Jack of Diamonds, (Der Diamantenprinz) Nicolai Vodkine 1968
67% The War Lord Priest 1965
No Score Yet Gli Invasori (The Invaders) (Erik the Conqueror) (Fury of the Vikings) Dr. Matthews 1961
33% Androcles and the Lion Ceasar 1953
No Score Yet Kind Lady Henry Springer Elcott 1951
No Score Yet Scrooge A Poor Man 1935
No Score Yet Wedding Rehearsal George Thompson/Tootles 1932

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Raymond
  • 1975
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
1972-1977
  • 1975
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
Maurice
  • 1971
  • 1970
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
93% Batman
1966-1968
The Puzzler
  • 1966
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
Swickert
  • 1966

QUOTES FROM Maurice Evans CHARACTERS

Zaius
The Forbiddon Zone was once a paradise. Your kind made a wasteland of it, ages ago.
Dr. Zaius
Man is evil, capable of nothing but destruction!
Zaius
There is no contradiction between faith and science...true science.
Zira
What will he find out there, doctor?
Zaius
His destiny.
Zaius
I see you've brought the female of your species. I didn't realize that man could be monogamous.
Taylor
On this planet, it's easy.
Zaius
Don't look for it Taylor, you may not like what you find..
Zaius
Don't look for it Taylor, you may not like what you find.