Richard Evans managed to survive a season playing opposite Mia Farrow on television’s first nighttime soap, Peyton Place. This role led to countless guest shots in shows from Star Trek to Gunsmoke and on to leading roles in films such as Dirty Little Billy and Islands in the Stream.
Evans’ autobiography, Fazkils, is a memoir of these 50 years in film and theater, where he bumped heads with a raft of colorful characters, from the famous to the foolish.
Fazkils traces Evans’ family history from the Dust Bowl to pre-World War II Japan, where a young Richard Evans lived for a time with his parents. The war sent his family back to America and, after years of roaming and an early marriage, Evans landed in California, where a television and film career blossomed: Soon Evans found himself working with the likes of Jack Nicholson, George C. Scott and Michael J. Pollard.
Life in Hollywood led to a love affair with French cinema and the writing, production and direction of his own films and plays, which continued after his retirement on Whidbey Island, where a bout with cancer nearly sidelined Evans forever.
Writer, director Lewis John Carlino sums Fazkils up neatly: "Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a wild ride through this funhouse of fabulous tales told by a consummate jester lovingly at play.”