Soap opera actor Evans dies at 87

first_imgMichael 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 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 on CBS’s “The Young and the Restless.” John Michael Evans was born 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 flier who twice escaped prisoner-of-war camps and later wrote an adventure book about it called “The Escaping Club.” Evans was a Royal Air Force navigator during World War II. He made his London stage debut in 1948. In the late 1950s he played Henry Higgins in a touring production of “My Fair Lady.” 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. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more