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Craig Stevens

Craig Stevens (1918-2000) was an American motion picture and television actor. Born Gail Shikles Jr. in Liberty, Missouri, he studied dentistry at the University of Kansas but acting with the university's drama club saw him give up on his studies to try to make it in the Hollywood film industry. Adopting the stage name Craig Stevens, he debuted in a small role in 1939 and thereafter played mainly secondary parts. In 1944, he married Canadian actress Alexis Smith to whom he remained with for almost fifty years until her passing in 1993.

After nearly twenty years in film, in 1958 Craig Stevens gained national prominence for his starring role as the super-cool private detective in the trend-setting television series Peter Gunn. The series was produced by Blake Edwards and directed by Robert Altman with theme music that made Henry Mancini famous.

Stevens passed away in 2000 in Los Angeles, California from cancer at the age of 81.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Craig Stevens Facts

Birth NameGail Shikles Jr.
BirthdayJuly 8, 1918
BirthplaceLiberty, Missouri, USA
Date of deathMay 10, 2000 (age 81)

Selected Filmography

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