Steve Forrest was an American actor best known to British television viewers in the 1960s as antiques dealer/undercover agent John Mannering in the ITC series The Baron which ran from 1966 to 1967.
Born William Forrest Andrews on September 29, 1929 in Huntsville, Texas, his father, Charles Andrews, was a Baptist minister; and Forrest was the 12th of 13 children. One of his older brothers was film star Dana Andrews. Forrest enlisted into the Army at age 18 and fought at the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. In 1950 he earned a bachelor's degree, with honours, from UCLA, majoring in theatre with a minor in psychology.
Among Forrest's notable films are So Big, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – 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 movie version of S.W.A.T. based on the US television series in which he also starred. On a 1969 episode of Gunsmoke 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.
Forrest died on May 18, 2013 in Thousand Oaks, California, aged 87, from undisclosed causes. He was 87.