88 (passed away May. 18th, 2013)
Sep. 29th, 1924
Huntsville, Texas, USA
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A ruggedly handsome action man of the 1960's and 70's, Steve Forrest began his screen career as a small part contract player with MGM. A brother of star Dana Andrews, he was born William Forrest Andrews, the youngest of thirteen children. His father was a Baptist minister in Huntsville, Texas. In 1942, Steve enlisted in the U.S. Army, rose to the rank of sergeant and saw action at the Battle of the Bulge. Following his demobilisation, he visited his brother in Hollywood and came to the conclusion that acting wasn't a bad way to make a living (having already done some work as a movie extra). He went on to study in college at UCLA, eventually graduating in 1950 with a B.A. Honours Degree in theatre arts. He then served a brief apprenticeship as a carpenter, prop boy and set builder at San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse, where he was discovered by resident actor Gregory Peck and given a small part as a bellboy in the cast of the summer stock production of "Goddbye Again". A subsequent screen test led to a contract with MGM and resulting employment as second leads, brothers of the titular star, toughs and outlaws. His first proper recognition was being awarded 'New Star of the Year' by Golden Globe for his role in So Big (1953), a drama based on a Pulitzer prize-winning novel by Edna Ferber.
Christine Carilas (23 December 1948 - 18 May 2013) (his death) (3 children) Trivia (7)
Sixteen years younger than his more famous brother, actor Dana Andrews.
Three sons: Michael, Forrest and Stephen.
Was the 12th of 13 children of Baptist minister Charles Andrews. After Army service in World War II, including fighting at the ferocious Battle of the Bulge, he graduated from UCLA, with a degree in theater.
As a stagehand at La Jolla Playhouse near San Diego, CA in the early 1950s, Forrest was discovered by Gregory Peck, who helped him get his first screen test which led to a contract with MGM.
Made a cameo appearance as the team's van driver in S.W.A.T. (2003) the film version of his S.W.A.T. (1975) series, in which Samuel L. Jackson' played Forrest's lead role of Hondo.
Was a staunch conservative Republican.
He originally began his career as a beefcake model.
- Brother of actor 'Dana Andrews (I)' (qv).
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