(born November 2, 1919) is an American stage, screen, and television actor.
Born in Clarks Summit
, Stevens began his acting career after serving in the U.S. Army Air Force as a pilot during World War II. He trained at The Actor's Studio
in New York, received notice on Broadway
, and thereafter was offered a Hollywood contract at 20th Century Fox
. His first credited movie role was a bit part in The Frogmen
in 1951. As a young studio player Stevens had little choice of material, and his feature film appearances in the 1950s ranged from the undistinguished (Phone Call from a Stranger
, Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie
, both 1952) to the execrable Gorilla at Large
(1954). Stevens' most memorable movie role was probably the ill-fated "Doc" Ostrow in the classic science fiction film Forbidden Planet
(1956). He also had a supporting role in The Barefoot Contessa
(1954) with Humphrey Bogart
Despite occasional parts in big films, Stevens was unable to break out consistently into A-list movies, so he carved out a durable career in television as a reliable journeyman dramatic actor of considerable versatility.
He co-starred in Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers (NBC, 1956 - 1957) as Lt. William Storm, a prime-time adventure series set in India.
He appeared in over 150 prime time shows from the 1950s to the early 1980s, including: