“Bonanza” & “Peyton Place” Actor Dies at 86


A 40-year veteran actor with 88 credits to his name has sadly passed away.

A family spokesperson for actor Richard Evans revealed on October 26 to The Hollywood Reporter that the longtime actor had passed away on October 2nd from cancer in Washington state.

Evans acted for over 40 years and appeared in many different TV series including Alfred Hitchcock PresentsDeath Valley DaysCheyenneMr. NovakThe FugitiveStar TrekGunsmokeBonanzaMod SquadLotsa Luck!Mannix and The A-Team.

While he has many acting credits to his name, he is probably best known for his role as college English professor Paul Hanley in the ABC soap opera Peyton Place during the 1965 season.

Between 1965-1970, Evans played three different characters, John Carter, Billy Wilcox, and Ellis Watson, on the legendary television series Bonanza


Evans is survived by Jo Evans, his wife of 68 years, their son Paul, and granddaughters Sarah, Madalyn, and Rachel. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time.