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Maurice Evans 1956
Maurice Evans
Role Maurice
Biographical Information
Birthdate June 3, 1901
Birthplace Dorchester, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Death Date March 12, 1989 (age 87)
Death Place Rottingdean, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom

Maurice Evans portrayed Maurice, Samantha Stephens' father.


A grand, robust, highly theatrical British classical actor, Maurice Evans was the son of a justice of the peace who enjoyed amateur playwriting on the side. In fact, his father adapted several adaptations of Thomas Hardy's novels and Evans would often appear in them. Early interest also came in London choirs as a boy tenor.

Making his professional stage debut in 1926, Evans made do during his struggling years by running a cleaning and dyeing store. He earned his first triumph three years later in the play "Journey's End". A few attempts as a film lead and/or second lead did not pan out. Following a season with the Old Vic theatre company, he arrived in America and proceeded to conquer Broadway, establishing himself as one of the world's more illustrious interpreters of Shakespeare. His eloquent, florid portrayals of Romeo, Hamlet, Macbeth and Richard II are considered among the best. He was also deemed a master of Shavian works which included superlative performances in "Major Barbara", "Man and Superman" and "The Devil's Disciple".

As an American citizen (1941), he was placed in charge of the Army Entertainment Section, Central Pacific Theater during World War Two and left military service with the rank of major. His post-war career included a handful of character film roles, notably Gilbert and Sullivan (1953) as composer Arthur Sullivan, The War Lord (1965), Rosemary's Baby (1968), and as "Dr. Zaius" in the Planet of the Apes (1968) series. However, films would never be his strong suit and he earned much more stature on television. More importantly, he brought Shakespeare to television, adapting (and directing) a number of his stage classics. He won an Emmy award in 1960 for his Macbeth (1960).

Interestingly, for all his legendary performances under the theatre lights, the elegant, ever-regal stage master is probably best known to generations of audiences for his appearances on the Bewitched (1964) television series, as Samantha's warlock father. Evans returned to England in his twilight years and died in a nursing home of heart failure as a result of a bronchial infection at the age of 87.

Bewitched Credits[]

Episode Airdate
Just One Happy Family November 19, 1964
My Grandson, the Warlock October 7, 1965
Witches and Warlocks Are My Favorite Things September 29, 1966
Daddy Does His Thing April 4, 1969
Samantha's Good News April 10, 1969
...And Something Makes Four October 16, 1969
Naming Samantha's New Baby October 23, 1969
Daddy Comes for a Visit November 20, 1969
Darrin the Warlock November 27, 1969
Paris, Witches Style October 20, 1971
A Plague on Maurice and Samantha November 10, 1971
Adam, Warlock or Washout? December 29, 1971


Maurice Evans on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on November 6, 2019. Edited on June 8, 2020.

See Also[]

Maurice Evans at Planet of the Apes wiki.