Birth Date: December 13, 1916
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Also Credited as: Stephen Richards
Date of Death: September 15, 1994 / Age: 77
Location of Death: Majores, Spain
Cause of Death: cancer
Biography: Mark Stevens (born Richard Stevens December 13, 1916 - September 15, 1994) was a movie actor of the 1940s and 1950s.
After studying to become a painter, Cleveland, Ohio-born 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, later changed it 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 Street with No Name (1948). Stevens also appeared in musicals including I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now? (1947) and Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1949).
In the 1950s Stevens was also a television star, producer and writer. He worked in semi-retirement in the 1960s in Europe. In the 80's he appeared in television shows "Magnum, P.I." and "Murder, She Wrote". He died in Majores, Spain.
Stevens has a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, located at 6637 Hollywood Blvd.