Michael Evans, Actor Who Starred in Gigi, Dies at 87

Obituaries   Michael Evans, Actor Who Starred in Gigi, Dies at 87
Michael Evans, who starred on Broadway with Audrey Hepburn in the Anita Loos play Gigi, died in Los Angeles on Sept. 4. He was 87.

Mr. Evans played Gaston, Gigi's love interest, in the 1951 production which would make Hepburn a star. The English-born actor made his Broadway debut the year before in Ring Round the Moon. In the late '50s, he starred as Henry Higgins in a touring production of My Fair Lady. In 1963, he joined the cast of the hit play Mary, Mary for a time. From 1980 to 1995, Mr. Evans played what is probably his best-known role, Col. Douglas Austin, the best friend of the billionaire Victor Newman, on CBS's "Young and the Restless."

John Michael Evans was born on July 27, 1920, in Sittingbourne, England. According to the New York Times, Mr. Evans decided at 12 to become an actor after seeing John Gielgud perform onstage in Richard II. He was a Royal Air Force navigator during World War II.

He was married four times. He is survived by his sons Nick and Christopher, and two sisters, Rosemarie and Bridget.

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