Onslow Stevens

Onslow Stevens
Born Onslow Ford Stevenson
(1902-03-29)March 29, 1902
Los Angeles, California, USA
Died January 5, 1977(1977-01-05) (aged 74)
Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of death Pneumonia
Resting place Valhala Memorial Park Cemetery
Other names Onslow Stevenson
Occupation Actor
Years active 1928-1962
Spouse(s) Rose Heit (1961-?)
Ann Buchanan (1936-?) (divorced)
Phyllis Cooper Stevens (1934-1935) (divorced)
Vanessie Clark

Onslow Stevens (March 29, 1902 January 5, 1977) was an American stage, television and film actor.


Born Onslow Ford Stevenson in Los Angeles, California, he was the son of British-born character actor Houseley Stevenson.[1] Stevens became involved in performing in 1928, appearing in Under the Roof at the Pasadena Community Playhouse, where his entire family worked as performers, directors and teachers. His first major success came from his performance in the Broadway play Stage Door. He then went on to star in over 80 films, at first as the lead actor, but mostly in character roles later in his career.


He spent the last years of his life in a nursing home in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, where, according to his wife, he was abused by his fellow residents. He died of pneumonia after suffering a broken hip in 1977, at the age of 74. His interment was located in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery with an unmarked grave.

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Onslow Stevens has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6349 Hollywood Boulevard.

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1931 The Gay Diplomat Lieutenant Uncredited
1932 Radio Patrol Carl Hughes
Heroes of the West Tom Crosby
Okay, America! Henchman Uncredited
The Jungle Mystery Jack Morgan (Chapter 12)
Once in a Lifetime Lawrence Vail
The Golden West Calvin Brown
Born to Fight Clark Moran
1933 Nagana Dr. Roy Stark
Peg o' My Heart Sir Gerald "Jerry" Markham
Secret of the Blue Room Frank Faber
Only Yesterday Barnard, Party Guest
Counsellor at Law John P. Tedesco
1934 Bombay Mail John Hawley
This Side of Heaven Walter
The Crosby Case Francis Scott Graham
I Like It That Way Harry Rogers
I'll Tell the World Prince Michael
The Vanishing Shadow Stanley Stanfield
Affairs of a Gentleman Lyn Durland
In Love with Life Prof. John Applegate
I Can't Escape Steve Nichols
House of Danger Don Phillips
1935 Life Returns Dr. John Kendrick
A Notorious Gentleman John Barrett
Born to Gamble Dan 'Ace' Cartwright / Henry Mathews
The Three Musketeers Aramis
Grand Exit John Grayson
Forced Landing Farraday
1936 The Bridge of Sighs Jeffrey 'Jeff' Powell
Yellow Dust Jack Hanway
Three on the Trail Pecos Kane
Under Two Flags Sidi-Ben Youssiff
F-Man Mr. Shaw
Easy Money Dan Adams
Straight from the Shoulder Mr. Wendi
Murder with Pictures Nate Girard
1937 You Can't Buy Luck Joe Baldwin
Flight From Glory Ellis
There Goes the Groom Dr. Becker
1939 When Tomorrow Comes Jim Holden
Those High Grey Walls Dr. Frank Norton
1940 The Man Who Wouldn't Talk Frederick Keller
Mystery Sea Raider Carl Cutler
Who Killed Aunt Maggie? Bob Dunbar
1941 The Monster and the Girl J. Stanley McMasters Alternative titles: The Avenging Brain
Go West, Young Lady Tom Hannegan
1942 Sunset Serenade Gregg Jackson
1943 Idaho State Ranger Bob Stevens
Appointment in Berlin Rudolph Von Preissing
1944 Hands Across the Border Brock Danvers
1945 House of Dracula Dr. Franz Edlemann Alternative title: The Wolf Man's Cure
1946 O.S.S. Field
Canyon Passage Jack Lestrade
Angel on My Shoulder Dr. Matt Higgins
1948 The Creeper Dr. Jim Bordon
Walk a Crooked Mile Igor Braun
Night Has a Thousand Eyes Dr. Walters Credited as Onslow Stevenson
The Gallant Blade Gen. de la Garance
1949 Life of St. Paul Series Roman Captain
Bomba, the Jungle Boy George Harland
Red, Hot and Blue Captain Allen
1950 Mark of the Gorilla Prof. Brandt
Motor Patrol Lt. Dearborn
State Penitentiary Richard Evans
One Too Many Dr. Foster
Revenue Agent Sam Bellows
1951 Sealed Cargo Cmdr. James McLean
Lorna Doone Counsellor Doone
Sirocco Emir Hassan
The Hills of Utah Jayda McQueen
All That I Have Attorney Palmer
The Family Secret Judge Geoffrey N. Williams
1952 The San Francisco Story Captain Jim Martin
Magnificent Adventure
1953 The Charge at Feather River Grover Johnson
A Lion Is in the Streets Guy Polli
1954 Fangs of the Wild Jim Summers
They Rode West Col. Ethan Waters
Them! Brig. Gen. Robert O'Brien
1955 New York Confidential Johnny Achilles
1956 Tribute to a Bad Man Hearn
Outside the Law Chief Agent Alec Conrad
The Ten Commandments Lugal
1957 Kelly and Me Walter Van Runkel
1958 Lonelyhearts Mr. Lassiter
The Party Crashers Jim Nickerson
Tarawa Beachhead General Nathan Keller
The Buccaneer Phipps - Customs Inspector
1960 All the Fine Young Cannibals Joshua Davis
1962 The Couch Dr. W.L. Janz, M.D. (Last appearance)
Year Title Role Notes
1952 This Is the Life Mr. Fisher 1 episode
1953 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Senator Scott Varnum 1 episode
1954 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse Detective Meers
2 episodes
1955 Cheyenne Judge Culver 1 episode
1956 Steve Donovan, Western Marshal Ben Morgan 1 episode
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel Dr. Mayhew 1 episode
1958 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin Major Edward Karn 1 episode
1959 Gunsmoke Sheriff Ben Goddard 1 episode
1960 The Outlaws John Kyle 1 episode
1960–1961 The Wonderful World of Disney General Miles 2 episodes
1961 Laramie General Taylor Roberts 1 episode


  1. Wagner, Laura (Summer 2015). "Onslow Stevens: Serious Demons". Films of the Golden Age (81): 58–60.
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