(1901-1989) 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.
His post-war career included a handful of character film roles, notably Gilbert and Sullivan (1953) (as composer Sir 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, earning much more stature on TV.
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 recurring, non-classical appearances on the Bewitched (1964) TV series, as Elizabeth Montgomery's loving but unapproving warlock father.
Evans returned to England in his twilight years and died there in a nursing home of heart failure as a result of a bronchial infection, aged 87.