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Billy Van


B: August 11, 1934 in Toronto, Ontario
D: January 6, 2003 in Toronto, Ontario

Billy Van Evera was a comic actor who was also a talented singer. He once headlined a group called The Billy Van Four and recorded at least 1 album as The Billy Van Singers. He was the star of CBC-TV`s Nightcap during the 1960s and played many roles in the 1970s series, Hilarious House of Frightenstein. He worked in the United States on various variety shows including The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and The Bobby Vinton Show, but returned to Canada on a regular basis to appear in shows like Bizarre, the Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show and the series that helped a generation ease into the computer age, Bits and Bytes. Van Evera went into semi-retirement after a 1998 triple heart bypass, but worked occasionally on commercials. He had been diagnosed with cancer about a year before he died in hospital in Toronto.

Also see Jack Van Evera

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

The Wizard of Oz (voice, 1982)
The Hearst and Davies Affair (TV-1985)
A Deadly Business (TV-1986)
Family Reunion (1988)

This is My Life (1992)
The Trial of Red Riding Hood (TV-1992)
Net Worth (TV-1995)

TV Series – Cast:
Nightcap (1963-?)

The Ray Stevens Show (1970)
The Party Game (1970)
Rolling’ on the River (1971)
The Hilarious House of Frightenstein (1971)
The Ken Berry “Wow” Show (1972)
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1973-1974)
The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show (1974)
And That’s the News, Goodnight (1974)
The Bobby Vinton Show (1975-1976)
The Sonny and Cher Show (1976)
Eureka (voice, 1978)

Bizarre (1980)
Bits and Bytes (host, 1983)
I’ll Take Manhatten (1987, mini-series)

Bits and Bytes 2 (host, 1991)