Actor Peter Evans died Saturday at Century City Hospital from complications caused by AIDS at age 38.

Acclaimed for a wide range of roles that included musical comedy and classical theater, he made his New York theater debut in 1975 in David Storey's play, "Life Class."In 1976, he was hailed for his performance of Richie in David Rabe's "Streamers." The performance won him the 1976 Clarence Derwent Award and a nomination for a Drama Desk Award as outstanding actor.

He played opposite Maggie Smith in Tom Stoppard's "Night and Day" on Broadway in 1979.

He appeared in the films "Arthur" and "Imposters" and on television in "A Life in the Theater" and the PBS series "Best of Families."

He had also played the character of Russ Merman on the TV comedy series "9 to 5."

A native of Englewood, N.J., Evans graduated from Yale in 1972 and studied three years at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.