Actor Peter Evans

Peter Evans (May 27, 1950 – May 20, 1989) was an American actor. He won the 1976 Clarence Derwent Award and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his portrayal of Richie in David Rabe’s Streamers. However, he was best known for his role as Russ Merman in the 1980s sitcom 9 to 5.

Early life and education

Evans was born in 1950 in Englewood, New Jersey, to Dudley and Caroline Evans. He had a brother, John Randall, and a sister, Elizabeth Temple. He attended Phillips Academy, Andover. In 1972, he graduated from Yale University. For three years, Evans attended the Central School of Speech and Drama.



In 1975, Evans made his debut in the New York theater with David Storey’s Life Class. In 1976, Mike Nichols directed him in David Rabe’s Streamers, in which he portrayed Richie. His performance as Richie won him the Clarence Derwent Award and garnered him a Drama Desk Award nomination. In 1977, he appeared opposite Ellis Rabb in David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre. In 1979, he appeared opposite Maggie Smith in Tom Stoppard’s Night and Day. In 1982, Evans played James Leeds in a Broadway production of Mark Medoff’s Children of a Lesser God.


In 1977, he appeared in the PBS miniseries Best of Families. In 1979, Evans reprised his role in a television film adaptation of A Life in the Theatre. He also portrayed Russ Merman in the 1980s sitcom 9 to 5. He was in an episode of St. Elsewhere in 1984.


Evans appeared in the films Impostors (1979) and Arthur (1981).

Year Title Role Notes
1968 Inspector Clouseau Swiss Banker Uncredited
1979 Impostors Peter
1981 Arthur Preston

Personal life and death

Evans resided in Los Angeles for the last several years of his life. He died on May 20, 1989, from complications of AIDS at the age of 38 in Century City Hospital in Los Angeles.

External Links

Actor Peter Evans – Wikipedia

About the author

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *