Mark Stevens (December 13, 1916 â€“ September 15, 1994) was an American movie actor of the 1940s and 1950s.
He was born Richard Stevens in Cleveland, Ohio.
After studying to become a painter, Ohioan Mark Stevens became active in theater work. He then launched a radio career as an announcer in Akron, Ohio.
Moving to Hollywood, he became a Warner Brothers contract actor at $100 a week in 1943. They changed his looks and his stage name. They darkened and straightened his curly ginger-colored hair and covered his freckles. At first he was billed as Stephen Richards, but it was later changed again to Mark Stevens at the suggestion of Darryl Zanuck when he moved to 20th Century Fox.
Stevens emerged as a film noir leading man in such films as Within These Walls (1945) and The Dark Corner (1946), the latter pairing him up with Lucille Ball. He received one of what many critics consider his best role, as an FBI man going undercover to arrest a gangster played by Richard Widmark in The...
The Snake Pit is a 1948 film which tells the story of a woman who finds herself in an insane asylum, and can't remember how she got there. It stars Olivia de Havilland, Mark Stevens, Leo Genn, Celeste Holm, Beulah Bondi and Lee Patrick.The movie was adapted by Millen Brand, Arthur Laurents (uncredited) and Frank Partos from the novel by Mary Jane Ward. It was directed by Anatole Litvak.It won the Academy Award for Best Sound, Recording, and was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Olivia de Havilland), Best Director, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay.Gene Tierney was the first choice to play Virginia Stuart Cunningham, but was replaced by de Havilland when she became pregnant...., http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040806
The Dark Corner is a 1946 black-and-white film, considered film noir.Ex con turned Private investigator Bradford Galt (Mark Stevens) suspects someone is following him and maybe even trying to kill him. Galt, with the assistance of his spunky secretary, Lucille Ball, dives deep into a deadly web of mystery in search of answers. A great example of a classic film noir and a rare dramatic role for Ball.Galt is a noir victim accused of a crime he didn't commit. Like Dark Passage, The Wrong Man, Ministry of Fear, Edge of Doom and Cry of the City, characters are falsely accused and pursued by authorities, with their lives subjected to wild reversals and inversions. They are cornered, framed, setup as the patsy or fall guy and, while their existence is at their bleakest, must work their way out of the corner noir fate has boxed them into...., http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038453