Queer Places:
Phillips Academy, Andover, 180 Main St, Andover, MA 01810
Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520

Peter Evans (May 27, 1950 – May 20, 1989) was an American actor. He won the 1976 Clarence Derwent Award and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his portrayal of Richie in David Rabe's Streamers.[1] However, he was best known for his role as Russ Merman in the 1980s sitcom 9 to 5.[1][2]

Evans was born in 1950 in Englewood, New Jersey to Dudley and Caroline Evans.[3] He had a brother, John Randall, and a sister, Elizabeth Temple.[3] He attended Phillips Academy, Andover.[3] In 1972, he graduated from Yale University.[3] For three years, Evans attended the Central School of Speech and Drama.[1][3][4]


Yale University, New Haven, CT

In 1975, Evans made his debut in the New York theater with David Storey's Life Class.[2][3][4][5] In 1976, Mike Nichols directed him in David Rabe's Streamers, in which he portrayed Richie.[3] His performance as Richie won him the Clarence Derwent Award and garnered him a Drama Desk Award nomination.[2][3][4][5] In 1977, he appeared opposite Ellis Rabb in David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre.[1][2][3] In 1979, he appeared opposite Maggie Smith in Tom Stoppard's Night and Day.[2][3][4][5] In 1982, Evans played James Leeds in a Broadway production of Mark Medoff's Children of a Lesser God.[1][3]

In 1977, he appeared in the PBS miniseries Best of Families.[2][3][4][5] In 1979, Evans reprised his role in a television film adaptation of A Life in the Theatre.[3][6] He also portrayed Russ Merman in the 1980s sitcom 9 to 5.[3][4][5]

Evans appeared in the films Impostors (1979) and Arthur (1981).[2][3][4][5]

Evans resided in Los Angeles for the last several years of his life.[2][3] He died on May 20, 1989 from complications of AIDS at the age of 38 in Century City Hospital in Los Angeles.[2][3][4][5]


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/queerplaces/images/Peter_Evans_(actor)#References