Vaudeville actor Mel Stevens died March 4 following a long illness. He was 87.
Starting his career busking on the streets of Brooklyn, Stevens went on to appear in the Orpheum and Cheyenne circuit reviews with the likes of Danny Kaye, Al Jolson, George Burns and Fanny Brice.
In the early 1950s, he moved to California to become a TV actor. He appeared on “Playhouse 90,” “Climax,” “Studio One,” “Mr. D.A.,” “Columbo” and “Murph the Surf.”
He is survived by his longtime companion, Rita Scott; his sons Steven Stevens (head of the management division of DMG Entertainment) and Reggie Stevens; and grandchildren Steven Jr., a professional rodeo cowboy, and Mark, head of Kennedy High School’s drama department.