Evigan in 1979
Gregory Ralph Evigan
October 14, 1953
South Amboy, New Jersey, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, composer, producer|
Pamela C. Serpe
Vanessa Lee Evigan
Gregory Ralph Evigan (born October 14, 1953) is an American film, stage, and television actor. He began his career in theater, appearing in the Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar, followed by a stage production of the musical Grease, in which he portrayed the lead, Danny Zuko. Evigan made his feature film debut in Scorchy (1976), then was cast as the lead in the comedy series B.J. and the Bear, in which he starred between 1979 and 1981.
Evigan continued to appear as a guest star on numerous television series throughout the 1980s before being cast as the lead Joey Harris in the comedy series My Two Dads (1987–1990). He later appeared on the science fiction series TekWar (1995–1996), and had guest-starring roles on Melrose Place (1996–1997) and 7th Heaven (1997). He subsequently had starring roles on the soap opera Pacific Palisades (also 1997), and portrayed a record executive in the Canadian series Big Sound from 2001 to 2002.
Evigan's other film credits include the Joey Travolta-directed drama films Mel (1998) and Arizona Summer (2004), the Western film 6 Guns (2010), and the Hallmark Channel film Once Upon a Holiday (2015). In 2018, he guest-starred in a multi-episode arc as Jim Harvey on the soap opera General Hospital.
Evigan was born October 14, 1953 in South Amboy, New Jersey, the son of Ralph Milan Evigan, an electrician, and his wife, Barbara Elizabeth Evigan, a homemaker. Beginning at age 8, Evigan was classically trained on piano, and went on to play the organ and saxophone. As a teenager, he played in several rock bands. Evigan grew up in Sayreville, New Jersey, and attended Sayreville War Memorial High School, graduating in 1971. In 2007 he was inducted into the school's Alumni Hall of Fame for his contributions to the arts.
Evigan began his career after graduating high school, appearing in a small role as Annas in the Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar in 1971, as well as the touring production. Between 1972 and 1973, he starred as Danny Zuko in the Broadway production of Grease, reprising the role for the show's residency in Chicago, alongside Marilu Henner. Evigan moved to Los Angeles and was cast in his feature film debut in the exploitation film Scorchy (1976), starring Connie Stevens.
In 1978, he was cast as Billie Joe "B.J." McKay, a truck driver whose best friend was a chimpanzee named Bear, in the series B.J. and the Bear. Following the series' conclusion in 1981, Evigan continued to work in television, with recurring guest roles on Masquerade (1984) and Murder, She Wrote (1986), then was cast in the comedy series My Two Dads (1987–1990), in which he portrayed a man who co-parents the daughter of his deceased girlfriend alongside her ex-boyfriend.
In 1989, he starred in the sci-fi film DeepStar Six, and later appeared in the sci-fi series TekWar opposite William Shatner, based on a series of books by Shatner. TekWar originated as a series of two-hour television movies in 1994, and then became a series of hour-long episodes that ran in 1995 and 1996. Between 1996 and 1997, Evigan guest-starred as Dr. Dan Hathaway on the soap opera Melrose Place, followed by a main role on Pacific Palisades, in which he portrayed one of several friends who relocate from the Midwest to California. Evigan had a lead role in Joey Travolta's directorial debut, the drama Mel (1998). In 2001, he starred in the psychological thriller film Spirit opposite Elisabeth Moss, playing the father of a teenage girl who believes their home is haunted. He reunited with director Joey Travolta, appearing in his family drama Arizona Summer (2004), followed by a supporting part in River's End (2005). Evigan returned to theater in 2008, appearing as Gar in a stage adaptation of Mask at the Pasadena Playhouse. In Britain, Evigan is especially well known for the humourous and educational film clips under the name of When Insects Attack, which he fronted and were shown as part of BBC schools programming in the 1990s.
In 2015, Evigan had a supporting role in the Hallmark Channel film Once Upon a Holiday, co-starring his daughter Briana. He had a guest-starring role on the network crime series Bones in 2017, followed by a multi-episode character arc as Jim Harvey on General Hospital in 2018.
On June 3, 1979, Evigan married dancer Pamela C. Serpe. The couple have three children. Their daughters, Briana (born 1986) and Vanessa (born 1981) are actresses, while their son Jason (born 1983) is a musician and former frontman of a Los Angeles-based band After Midnight Project.
|1986||Northstar||Jack North||TV movie|||
|1987||Stripped to Kill||Detective Heineman|||
|1988||Private Road: No Trespassing||Brad Carlton|||
|1987||Echoes in Crimson||Grant Dunovan|||
|1989||The Lady Forgets||Tony Clay||TV movie|||
|1989||DeepStar Six||Kevin McBride|||
|1991||Lies Before Kisses||Ross||TV movie|||
|1992||Columbo: A Bird in the Hand||Harold McCain||TV movie|
|1992||Just Deserts||Ted Thorn||TV movie|
|1994||One of Her Own||Charlie Lloyd||TV movie|||
|1995||Deadly Family Secrets||Eddie||TV movie|||
|1996||Spectre||Will South||Alternate titles: House of the Damned; Escape to Nowhere|||
|1998||Nobody Lives Forever||Detective Rick Barrish||TV movie|
|1998||Earthquake in New York||John Rykker||TV movie|||
|1999||Survivor||Adam King||TV movie|||
|2000||Die! Die! Die!||Matt||Alternate title: Sweet Revenge|||
|2002||He Sees You When You're Sleeping||Joe||TV movie|||
|2003||Straight From the Heart||Edward Morgan||TV movie|||
|2004||Found||Charles Drake||TV movie|||
|2005||River's End||Chuck Kramer|||
|2005||Cerberus||Marcus Cutter||TV movie|||
|2006||Our House||Todd Preston||TV movie|||
|2006||Hoboken Hollow||Tom Stockwell||TV movie|||
|2008||Poison Ivy: The Secret Society||Professor Andrew Graves||TV movie|||
|2008||100 Million BC||LCDR Ellis Dorn|||
|2008||Journey to the Center of the Earth||Joseph Harnet|||
|2008||Mail Order Bride||Tom Rourke||TV movie|||
|2008||Phantom Racer||JJ Sawyer||TV movie|||
|2009||Heat Wave||Ed Dobbs||TV movie|||
|2010||6 Guns||Sheriff Barr|||
|2011||Cinnamon||Kevin Fallon||Alternate title: My Dog's Christmas Miracle|||
|2011||Metal Tornado||Jonathan Kane||TV movie|||
|2013||Invasion Roswell||Patrick||TV movie|
|2013||Shadow on the Mesa||Peter Dowdy||TV movie|||
|2015||Once Upon a Holiday||George||TV movie|||
|2015||Only God Can||Pastor Rodney|||
|2015||16 and Missing||Monte|
|2016||Terror Birds||Harvey Sullivan|
|2019||A Thousand Miles Behind||Gary|
|1976||Good Heavens||Duane||Episode: "Funny Fellow"|
|1976||The Six Million Dollar Man||Joe Hamilton||Episode: "The Bionic Boy"|
|1977||A Year at the Top||Greg||6 episodes|
|1978||The Runaways||Eddie Couch||Episode: "The Lies We Live In"|
|1978–1981||B.J. and the Bear||Billie Joe 'B.J.' McKay||47 episodes|||
|1978||Dallas||Willie Guest||Episode: "Runaway"|||
|1978||One Day at a Time||Doug||2 episodes|
|1979||Barnaby Jones||Blue Simpson||Episode: "Target for a Wedding"|
|1983||Fame||Will Gunther||Episode: "Relationships"|||
|1983–1984||Masquerade||Danny Doyle||13 episodes|||
|1984||The Yellow Rose||Trey Champion||Episode: "Debt of Honor"|
|1986||Murder, She Wrote||Brad Kaneally||2 episodes|||
|1986||Hotel||Tony Patterson||Episode: "Hornet's Nest"|
|1987||Matlock||Eric Gordon / Josh Sinclair||2 episodes|||
|1987||Deadly Nightmares||Johnnie||Episode: "In the Name of Love"|
|1987–1990||My Two Dads||Joey Harris||60 episodes|||
|1989||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||David Whitmore||Episode: "In the Driver's Seat"|
|1991||P.S. I Luv U||Cody Powell / Joey Paciorek||13 episodes|||
|1993||Jack's Place||Mitch Adams||Episode: "The Seventh Meal"|
|1994–1996||TekWar||Jake Cardigan||18 episodes|||
|1996–1997||Melrose Place||Dr. Dan Hathaway||12 episodes|||
|1997||7th Heaven||Ron Kramer||Episode: "Faith, Hope and the Bottom Line"|||
|1997||Pacific Palisades||Robert Russo||13 episodes|||
|1999||Family Rules||Nate Harrison||6 episodes|
|1999||Touched by an Angel||Bo Beaumont||Episode: "Then Sings My Soul"|
|1999||Veronica's Closet||Justin||2 episodes|
|2000||Oh Baby||Billy||2 episodes|||
|2000–2001||Big Sound||Bill Sutton||22 episodes|||
|2001||Reba||Bill Haden||Episode: "The Man and the Moon"|||
|2003||JAG||Master Chief Shattuck||Episode: "Empty Quiver"|
|2005||CSI: Miami||Sean Walsh||Episode: "Money Plane"|||
|2007||Desperate Housewives||Charles McLain||Episode: "Into the Woods"|||
|2008||Cold Case||Chuck Pierce||Episode: "One Small Step"|||
|2012||The Glades||Bruce Phillips||Episode: "Fountain of Youth"|||
|2012||The Finder||Bronski||Episode: "Bullets"|||
|2015||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Bruce Waters||Episode: "Merchants of Menace"|||
|2017||Bones||Rick Tobine||Episode: "The Final Chapter: The Grief and the Girl"|||
|2018||General Hospital||Jim Harvey||26 episodes|
|1971||Jesus Christ Superstar||Annas||Mark Hellinger Theatre|||
|1972–1973||Grease||Danny Zuko||Broadway; Chicago tour|||
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