Steve Forrest in a publicity photo for S.W.A.T. in 1975
|Born||William Forrest Andrews
September 29, 1925
Huntsville, Texas, U.S.
|Died||May 18, 2013
Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.
|Christine Carilas (m. 1948-2013; his death; 3 children)|
|Relatives||Dana Andrews (brother)|
Steve Forrest (born William Forrest Andrews; September 29, 1925 - May 18, 2013) was an American actor who was well known for his role as Lt. Hondo Harrelson in the short-lived television series S.W.A.T. which ran from 1975 to 1976. He was also known for his Razzie-winning performance in Mommie Dearest.
He was born William Forrest Andrews in Huntsville, Texas. He was the son of Annis (née Speed) and Charles Forrest Andrews, a Baptist minister. Forrest was the 12th of 13 children. One of his older brothers was film star Dana Andrews. Forrest enlisted in the United States Army at age 18 and fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. In 1950, he earned a bachelor's degree with honors from UCLA, majoring in theater with a minor in psychology.
He worked as a stagehand at the La Jolla Playhouse outside San Diego. There Gregory Peck discovered him, cast him in La Jolla's production of Goodbye Again, and then arranged for Forrest's first screen test with MGM, where he was signed to a contract.
Among Forrest's notable films were So Big, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year - Actor, The Longest Day, North Dallas Forty, and Mommie Dearest. He had cameo roles in the comedies Spies Like Us and Amazon Women on the Moon, and the 2003 film version of S.W.A.T.
In 1965, Forrest and his family moved to London, where he starred as John Mannering in the title role of the British crime drama The Baron. His other television credits included The DuPont Show with June Allyson, Storefront Lawyers, S.W.A.T., Hollywood Wives, and Rod Serling's hour-long Twilight Zone episode "The Parallel" (as well as Serling's Night Gallery segment "The Waiting Room").
On a 1969 episode of Gunsmoke titled "Mannon" he portrayed Will Mannon (one of the very few men ever to outdraw Matt Dillon), then reprised the character 18 years later for the 1987 television film Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge with James Arness.
Jock Ewing, the character played by Jim Davis in the television series Dallas from 1978 to 1981, was presumed to have been killed in a helicopter crash during the 1981-82 season, although Jock's body was never found. In the 1986-87 season of Dallas, Steve Forrest played Wes Parmalee, a man who claimed to be Jock Ewing.
Forrest married Christine Carilas on December 23, 1948. They had three sons: Michael, Forrest and Stephen.