Harvey Stephens, a sagacious character actor with extensive credits both on stage and in films, died Monday at Saddleback Medical Center in Laguna Hills.
He was 85 and had retired to Orange County more than 20 years ago.
One of only two performers in the Broadway cast of "South Pacific" who didn't sing (he was Cmdr. Harbison), Stephens came to acting while a student at UCLA.
With only a few drama lessons behind him, he applied for a job at the Pilgrimage Theater and eventually went to work with Walter Hampden's repertory company.
He toured in stock companies throughout the United States and landed on Broadway, where he played with Katherine Cornell in "Dishonored Lady," Leslie Howard in "The Animal Kingdom," Herbert Marshall in "Tomorrow and Tomorrow," Ruth Gordon in "Over 21" and Mary Martin in "South Pacific."