Robert Evans Biography, Wiki
Robert Evans born Robert J. Shapera was an American film producer and former studio executive. He is best known for his work on Rosemary’s Baby, Love Story, The Godfather, and Chinatown.
Robert Evans had worked on more than 300 radio shows and the occasional TV show and play before the age of 18. A collapsed lung forced him to recuperate for a year, and when he returned, he realized he’d lost his momentum. He worked his charms as a salesman at the sportswear firm Evan-Picone, co-founded by his brother Charles.
Several years later, he was spotted by the pool of the Beverly Hills Hotel with actress Norma Shearer, who asked him to play her deceased husband, the legendary MGM exec Irving Thalberg, in the film “Man of a Thousand Faces.” Darryl Zanuck then cast him as a bullfighter in the 1957 version of Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises.” The other actors pleaded with Zanuck to replace Evans, but Zanuck sent a telegram, saying, “The kid stays in the picture,” which provided the title for his eventual autobiography.
He befriended Charles Bluhdorn of Gulf & Western, which owned Paramount Pictures. In 1966 Bluhdorn named Evans VP in charge of production. By 1969 he was exec VP of worldwide production.
During his tenure at Paramount, the studio turned out films such as Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Rosemary’s Baby, The Italian Job, True Grit, Love Story, Harold and Maude, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Serpico, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Save the Tiger, The Conversation, Chinatown, The Great Gatsby, and many others.
Evans earned a Best Picture Oscar nom for producing 1974’s Chinatown, starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston. The film was inducted into the Producers Guild of America’s Hall of Fame, Motion Pictures, in 2003, and Evans accepted the PGA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.
Robert Evans Age
He was born on June 29, 1930 in New York City, United States. He died on October 26, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California aged 89.
Robert Evans Spouse, Wives
Evans married seven times. His seven wives included Sharon Hugueny (the first marriage, 1961-1962), Camilla Sparv (the second marriage, 1964-1967), Ali MacGraw (the third marriage, 1968-1973), Phyllis George, the sportscaster and a former Miss Texas (the fourth marriage, 1977-1978). His union with former Dynasty actress Catherine Oxenberg (the fifth marriage, 1998) was the shortest, ending in annulment after nine days. Leslie Ann Woodward (the sixth marriage, 2002-2004), Lady Victoria White (the seventh marriage, 2005-2006).
Robert Evans Children
Evans and MacGraw had a son, Josh Evans, an actor and director.
Robert Evans Death
He died on October 26, 2019 at his home in Beverly Hills, California after suffering a series of strokes in recent months. He was 89.
Paramount Pictures released a statement on the passing of Robert Evans.
“Hollywood has lost one of its most influential and iconic figures in the inimitable Bob Evans. He was a valued and beloved partner to Paramount Pictures for over half a century, and his contributions to our organization and the entertainment industry are innumerable and far-reaching. As an actor, a producer and a leader, he has left an indelible mark on our studio and the world of film. His influence will be felt for generations to come. We extend our deepest condolences to his loved ones.”
Robert Evans’ third wife actress Ali MacGraw said in a statement, “Our Son Joshua and I will miss Bob tremendously and we are so very proud of his enormous contribution to the Film Industry. He will be remembered as a Giant.”
Brett Morgen, who directed the film version of Evans’ The Kid Stays In The Picture memoir, tweeted: “Bob Evans produced some of the greatest films of all time, but the greatest production of all, was his life. When you were with Bob, there was nowhere else on Earth you’d rather be. He was funnier, sweeter and more charming than the character he created.”
Robert Evans Cause of Death
Robert Evans’ cause of death was not revealed.
Robert Evans Net Worth
Robert Evans’ net worth is estimated to be $120 million.
Robert Evans Nationality
He was of American nationality.