Evan Helmuth

Evan Hershey Helmuth (May 18, 1977 – July 17, 2017) was an American film and television actor. Helmuth was best known for his lead role as Father David Keane in the 2012 horror film, The Devil Inside.[1][2][3] His other film credits included Fever Pitch in 2005, in which he played Jimmy Fallon's best friend, Ready or Not in 2009, and Jobs in 2013.[1]

Evan Helmuth
Evan Hershey Helmuth

May 18, 1977
DiedJuly 17, 2017(2017-07-17) (aged 40)
EducationInterlochen Arts Academy
USC School of Dramatic Arts (B.A.)
Years active1999–2015


Early lifeEdit

Helmuth was born May 18, 1977, to John William Helmuth and Kerry O’Brien Helmuth.[4] He was raised in Reston, Virginia until the age of 10, when his family moved to Ames, Iowa.[4] Helmuth initially attended arts camp at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan for several summers before enrolling at Interlochen's full-time high school arts academy for three years. He graduated from Interlochen as a theater major in 1995.[4]

Helmuth studied at the University of Southern California's School of Dramatic Arts, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1999 as the recipient of USC's Jack Nicholson Award for outstanding actor.[4] While attending USC, Helmuth met writer and producer Josh Appelbaum, who later co-wrote the 2005 episode of the television series, Alias, that featured Helmuth as a guest star.[2]


Helmuth worked in film and television following his graduation from the University of Southern California, including Garfield: The Movie in 2004.

In 2005, Helmuth appeared in the Farrelly brothers' romantic comedy, Fever Pitch, as Troy, the best friend and sidekick of Jimmy Fallon's character.[1][2] Helmuth later co-starred in the 2009 independent comedy, Ready or Not, alongside Christian Oliver and Seamus Dever.

Helmuth was best known for his lead role as Father David Keane in the 2012 horror film, The Devil Inside, directed by William Brent Bell.[1][2] The film, which stars Fernanda Andrade, Helmuth, and Simon Quarterman, was produced on a shoestring budget.[5] However, the film debuted with a surprising $34.5 million to win its opening weekend in January 2012.[6]

Most recently, Helmuth appeared in the 2013 biopic, Jobs.[1][2]

In addition to his spot on Alias, Helmuth's television credits included guest roles on NCIS (2006), Bones (2012), Rizzoli & Isles (2012), Perception (2013), and Battle Creek (2015).[2]


Helmuth died at the age of 40 on July 17, 2017, in Los Angeles, California, after complications from a stroke.[1][2][4]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Self Storage Evan
2002 Speakeasy Hotel Employee #2
2002 The United States of Leland Grocery Guy
2004 Dead & Breakfast The Bass Player
2004 Garfield: The Movie Steward
2005 Fever Pitch Troy
2007 Mr. Woodcock Dinosaur / Watson Uncredited
2008 The Last Lullaby Frank Bart Uncredited
2009 Ready or Not Lawrence
2009 Other People's Parties Kevin
2010 Removal Todd
2011 Love's Christmas Journey Deputy Harve TV movie (Hallmark Channel)
2012 The Devil Inside Father David Keane
2012 Commander and Chief Jared
2013 Jobs Francis


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Fastlane Elvin Episode: "Mighty Blue"
2004 American Family P.F.C. Smith Episode: "Shadows"
2005 E-Ring Marcus Episode: "Delta Does Detroit"
2005 Alias Man in a Suit Episode: "The Horizon"
2006 NCIS Jeff Beilsman Episode: "Family Secret"
2006 CSI: NY Blake Mathers Episode: "All Access"
2007 What About Brian Trip Hanley Episode: "What About Temptations"
2010 Castle Nick Johnston Episode: "He's Dead, She's Dead
2012 Bones Karl Singler Episode: "The Warrior in the Wuss"
2012 Awake Ronald Petrowski Episode: "Say Hello to My Little Friend"
2012 The Client List Phil Episode: "The Cold Hard Truth"
2012 Rizzoli & Isles Jake Spencer Episode: "Throwing Down the Gauntlet"
2013 Perception Charlie Kendricks Episode: "Ch-Ch-Changes"
2015 Battle Creek Mike Goodman Episode: "Old Wounds", (final appearance)

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2000 MechWarrior 4: Vengeance William Dresari Voice role
2011 L.A. Noire Michael Driscoll Voice role


  1. ^ a b c d e f Konerman, Jennifer; Rahman, Abid (July 19, 2017). "Evan Helmuth, 'The Devil Inside' Actor, Dies at 40". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Andreeva, Nellie; Hipes, Patrick (July 19, 2017). "Evan Helmuth Dies: 'The Devil Inside' Actor Was 40". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  3. ^ Emery, Debbie (July 19, 2017). "Evan Helmuth, 'The Devil Inside' Actor, Dies at 40". The Wrap. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e Emke, Dave (July 28, 2017). "Obituary: Actor Evan Helmuth, 40, Lived in Reston as a Boy". RestonNow.com. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  5. ^ Fritz, Ben (January 5, 2012). "Evan Helmuth, 'The Devil Inside' Actor, Dies at 40". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  6. ^ Smith, Grady (January 8, 2012). "Box office report: 'The Devil Inside' summons $34.5 million, lords over 'Mission: Impossible'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 8, 2017.

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