Evans, Robert 1930- (Bob Evans, Bobby Evans, Robert J. Evans, Robert Shapera)

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Evans, Robert 1930- (Bob Evans, Bobby Evans, Robert J. Evans, Robert Shapera)


Original name, Robert J. Shapera; born June 29, 1930, in New York, NY; son of Archie (a dentist) and Florence (a homemaker; maiden name, Evan) Shapera; brother of Charles Evans (in the garment industry); married Sharon Hugueny (an actress), May 28, 1961 (divorced July 21, 1962); married Camilla Sparv (an actress and model), September 2, 1964 (divorced 1965); married Ali MacGraw (an actress), October 24, 1969 (divorced 1972); married Phyllis George (a television personality and commentator), April 14, 1977 (divorced July 22, 1978); married Catherine Oxenberg (an actress), July 12, 1998 (annulled July 21, 1998); married Leslie Ann Woodward, December 12, 2002 (divorced July 22, 2004); married Lady Victoria White (a model and socialite; some sources cite name as Victoria White O'Gara), August 6, 2005 (separated); children: (third marriage) Joshua (an actor, director, and writer). Education: Studied acting with Stella Adler.


Office—Robert Evans Company, c/o Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., Lubitsch Building, Suite 117, Los Angeles, CA 90038.


Producer, executive, and actor. As a child, worked as a radio actor; Twentieth Century-Fox, film producer; Paramount, vice president of production, 1966-69, then vice president of worldwide production, 1969-71, then executive vice president, 1971-76; independent producer, beginning 1976, and principal in the Robert Evans Company, Los Angeles; professor of film at Brown University, beginning 1976; also lectured at the University of Southern California, the University of California, Los Angeles, and New York University; Evan-Picone Women's Sportswear, New York City, partner (with Charles Evans and Joseph Picone), 1952-67. Affiliated with the Get High on Yourself Foundation. Also known as Bobby Evans and Robert Shapera.

Awards, Honors:

Photoplay Movie Award, 1958; Film Award (with others), best picture, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1974, Golden Globe Award (with others), best motion picture—drama, 1975, Academy Award nomination (with others), best picture, 1975, and Producers Guild of America Hall of Fame—Motion Pictures, Golden Laurel awards, 2000, all for Chinatown; David di Donatello Award, best picture, 1976, for Marathon Man; received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2002; Mary Pickford Award, Satellite awards, International Press Academy, 2003; Lifetime Achievement Award, Palm Beach International Film Festival, 2003; David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award in Motion Pictures, Golden Laurel awards, Producers Guild of America, 2003.


Film Producer:

Chinatown, Paramount, 1974.

Marathon Man, Paramount, 1976.

Black Sunday, Paramount, 1977.

Players, Paramount, 1979.

Popeye, Paramount, 1980.

Taboo (The Single and the LP), 1980.

Urban Cowboy, Paramount, 1980.

The Cotton Club (also known as Gengszterek klubja), Orion, 1984.

The Two Jakes, Paramount, 1990.

Sliver (also known as Sliver—Gier der Augen), Paramount, 1993.

Jade, Paramount, 1995.

The Phantom (also known as A fantom, Das Phantom, El fantasma, El fantasma (The Phantom), Fantomen, Kizil maske, Le fantome, Le fantome du Bengale, Mustanaamio, O fantasma, and The phantom: El heroe enmascarado), Paramount, 1996.

The Saint (also known as Az angyal, Aziz, Der Mann ohne Namen, El santo, Helgenen, Helgonet, Il santo, Le saint, O santo, Pyhimys, and Svetnik), Paramount, 1997.

The Out-of-Towners (also known as Ein Schlaflose Nacht in New York, Escapade a New York, Forasteiros em Nova Iorque, Forasteros en Nueva York, Les banlieusards arrivent en ville, Naar godtfolk kommer til byen, Nykistae sekaisin, Schlaflos in New York, and Sperduti a Manhattan), Paramount, 1999.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (also known as Wie werde ich ihn los in 10 Tagen), Paramount, 2001.

Producer of other projects.

Film Work; Other:

(Uncredited) Developer, Rosemary's Baby (also known as A semente do diabo, Dziecko Rosemary, El bebe de Rosemary, La llavor del diable, La semilla del diablo, Le bebe de Rosemary, O bebe de Rosemary, Rosemaries Baby, Rosemary ma detatko, Rosemaryn painajainen, Rosemaryna beba, and Rouzmerina beba), 1968.

Source of clips, The Kid Stays in the Picture (documentary; also known as El chico que conquisto Hollywood and O show nao pode parar), Focus Features, 2002.

As an executive affiliated with Paramount, supervised several films.

Film Appearances:

(As Bob Evans) Soldier, Lydia Bailey (also known as Storm over Haiti, Aufstand auf Haiti, Kuumat tuulet, La rivolta di haiti, Revuelta en Haiti, Schwarze Trommeln, and Trummor oever Haiti), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1952.

(As Robert J. Evans) Irving Thalberg, Man of a Thousand Faces, Universal, 1957.

Pedro Romero, The Sun Also Rises, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957.

Felix Griffin, The Fiend Who Walked the West, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958.

Dexter Key, The Best of Everything, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1959.

Himself, The Magic of HollywoodIs the Magic of People (short documentary), Paramount, 1976.

Himself, Frames from the Edge (documentary), 1989.

Producer, Cannes Man (also known as Canne$ Man, Cannes Player, and Con Man), Vine International, 1996.

Himself, An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (also known as Burn, Hollywood, Burn), Buena Vista, 1998.

Himself (Paramount executive), The Young and the Dead (documentary), Tail Slate Pictures, 2000.

Himself and narrator, The Kid Stays in the Picture (documentary; also known as El chico que conquisto Hollywood and O show nao pode parar), Focus Features, 2002.

(Uncredited) Himself, The Last Shot (also known as Providence, El ultimo golpe, and Luzes, camera, acao), Buena Vista, 2004.

Himself, The Last Mogul (documentary; also known as The Last Mogul: Life and Times of Lew Wasserman and Lew Wasserman: The Last Mogul), Paramount, 2005.

Television Work; Series:

Executive producer, Kid Notorious (animated), Comedy Central, 2003.

Television Work; Specials:

Producer, Get High on Yourself (variety special), NBC, c. 1980.

Television Appearances; Series:

Voice of himself, Kid Notorious (animated), Comedy Central, 2003.

Himself, Going Hollywood, The Learning Channel, beginning 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Earl of Essex, Elizabeth and Essex, NBC, 1947.

Himself, Ava Gardner, Cinemax, 1992.

Himself, Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters, HBO, 2006.

Appeared in other programs, including The Right to Happiness and Young Widow Brown.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The Awards Show Awards Show, Trio, 2003.

The 2003 Vibe Awards: Beats, Style, Flavor (also known as The 2003 Vibe Awards), UPN, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Himself, Person to Person, CBS, 1957.

Himself, "From Hollywood: The Photoplay Movie Awards," The Steve Allen Show (also known as The Steve Allen Plymouth Show), NBC, 1958.

Narration (Irving Thalberg and Howard Hughes), Sex and the Silver Screen, Showtime, 1996.

Voice of himself, "Kill the Alligator and Run," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1999.

Himself, "A&E Biography: Nina van Horn," Just Shoot Me, NBC, 2000.

Himself, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (also known as The Late Late Show), CBS, 2002, 2003.

(Uncredited) Voice of himself, "The Kid Is out of the Picture," 7th Heaven (also known as Seventh Heaven and 7th Heaven: Beginnings), The WB, 2003.

Himself, Tinseltown TV (also known as Tinseltown.TV), International Channel, 2003.

Himself, Breakfast with the Arts, Arts and Entertainment, 2004.

Judge, "Finals," Ultimate Film Fanatic, Independent Film Channel, 2005.

Himself, "Jack Nicholson," The E! True Hollywood Story (also known as Jack Nicholson: The E! True Hollywood Story and THS), E! Entertainment Television, 2005.

Himself, Sunday Morning Shootout, American Movie Classic, 2005 (multiple episodes).

Himself, Video on Trial (also known as V.O.T.), Much-Music, 2006.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Voice of himself, Kid Notorious (animated), Comedy Central, 2003.

Stage Work:

Worked as a producer for The Umbrella, Locust Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA.

Radio Appearances:

From the age of eleven, appeared in more than three hundred radio shows, including an appearance as the voice of a Nazi colonel, Mystery Theater (also known as Hearthstone of the Death Squad, Molle Mystery Theater, and Radio Mystery Theater), NBC; and in other programs, including The Aldrich Family, NBC; Archie Andrews, Mutual; Gangbusters, CBS; Let's Pretend, CBS; and Radio Reader's Digest; also hosted a radio show broadcast by WINZ (Palm Beach, FL).



Himself, Chinatown Revisited with Roman Polanski, Robert Evans and Robert Towne (short), Paramount Home Video, 1999.

Himself, Rosemary's Baby: A Retrospective (short), Paramount, 2000.

Himself, Going the Distance: Remembering "Marathon Man" (short), Paramount, 2001.

Himself, The Making of "The Kid Stays in the Picture" (short), USA Films, 2002.

Himself, Before, during and "After the Sunset," New Line Home Video, 2005.

Himself, Gangsters: The Immigrant's Hero (short), Warner Home Video, 2006.

Himself, Molls and Dolls: The Women of Gangster Films (short), Warner Home Video, 2006.

Himself, Morality and the Code: A How-To Manual for Hollywood (short), Warner Home Video, 2006.

Himself, Stool Pigeons and Pine Overcoats: The Language of Gangster Films (short), Warner Home Video, 2006.

Himself, Welcome to the Big House (short), Warner Home Video, 2006.


Robert Evans with Charles Michner, The Kid Stays in the Picture (autobiography), New Millennium Audio, 2002, and other versions.

Music Videos:

Moby, "We Are All Made of Stars," 2002.



Author of source material (adaptation by Brett Morgen), The Kid Stays in the Picture (documentary; also known as El chico que conquisto Hollywood and O show nao pode parar), Focus Features, 2002.

Teleplays; with Others; Episodic:

(And author of source material) Kid Notorious (animated), Comedy Central, episodes in 2003.


(With Charles Michner) The Kid Stays in the Picture (autobiography), Hyperion, 1994, audio version released by New Millennium Audio, 2002, and other audio versions also released.

Also a guest columnist for New York Journal American, beginning c. 1958.



Newsmakers, issue 1, Gale Group, 2004.


Entertainment Weekly, April, 2001, pp. 92-97, 119.

Los Angeles Magazine, September, 1994, p. 30.

Movieline, June, 2002, pp. 74-77.

People Weekly, August 10, 1998, p. 118.

Razor, October, 2002, pp. 90-94.

Tennis, March, 2003, pp. 36-42.

Time, July 27, 1998, p. 19.

TV Guide, October 18, 2003, p. 14.

Variety, July 13, 1998, p. 6; July 27, 1998, p. 3.

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