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Darren McGavin

McGavin as Carl Kolchak.
Birth name William Lyle Richardson
Born May 7, 1922
Flag of United States Spokane, Washington
Died February 25, 2006, age 83
Flag of United States Los Angeles, California
Years active 1940-2006
Spouse(s) Kathie Browne
Melanie York

William Lyle Richardson (May 7, 1922February 25, 2006), who adopted the name Darren McGavin, was an American actor best known for playing the title role in the television horror series Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and also his portrayal in the movie A Christmas Story of the grumpy father given to bursts of profanity that he never realizes his sons overhear. He also appeared as the tough-talking, funny detective in the TV series Mike Hammer. Image File history File links The_Night_Stalker01. ... May 7 is the 127th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (128th in leap years). ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Nickname: The Lilac City Location of Spokane in Spokane County and Washington Coordinates: Country United States State Washington County Spokane  - Mayor Dennis P. Hession Area    - City 151. ... February 25 is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1290. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... May 7 is the 127th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (128th in leap years). ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... February 25 is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke while waiting between takes during location filming An actor is a person who acts, or plays a role, in a dramatic production. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Darren McGavin as Kolchak in The Night Stalker (1972) Kolchak: The Night Stalker is a television series that aired on ABC in 1974, about a newpaper reporter -- Carl Kolchak, played by Darren McGavin -- who investigates crimes with mysterious and unlikely causes that the proper authorities wont accept. ... For the Christian Christmas story, see Nativity of Jesus A Christmas Story is a 1983 film based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd, including material from his books In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and Wanda Hickeys Night of... Mike Hammer is a fictional American detective created by the American author Mickey Spillane in the 1947 book I, the Jury (made into a movie in 1953 and 1982). ...

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Childhood

McGavin was born in Spokane, Washington, to Reid Delano Richardson and Grace McGavin. However, some sources list his birthplace as San Joaquin, California. Nickname: The Lilac City Location of Spokane in Spokane County and Washington Coordinates: Country United States State Washington County Spokane  - Mayor Dennis P. Hession Area    - City 151. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


In magazine interviews during the 1960s, he stated that his parents divorced when he was very young and that his father, not knowing what else to do, put him in an orphanage at the age of 11. McGavin began to run away, often sleeping on the docks and in warehouses. He ended up in three orphanages. The last one was a boy's home, which turned out to be a safe haven for McGavin. He lived there for a few years where there were farm chores assigned, along with several other boys who were abandoned like himself. McGavin said that the owners of the home helped him to establish a sense of pride and responsibility, and that this helped to turn his life around.


Career

Still untrained as an actor, McGavin worked as a painter in the paint crew at the Columbia Pictures movie studios in 1945. When an opening became available for a bit part in A Song to Remember, the movie set on which he was working, McGavin applied for the role. He was hired for it, and that was his first foray into movie acting. (He had spent a year at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.) Shortly afterwards, he moved to New York City and spent a decade of learning the acting craft in TV and the plays there. McGavin studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Actors Studio under the famous teacher Sanford Meisner and began working in live TV drama and on Broadway. A few of the plays in which he starred included "The Rainmaker" (where he created the title role on Broadway), "The King and I" and "Death of a Salesman". This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A Song to Remember is a 1945 biographical film which tells the life story of pianist and composer Frederic Chopin. ... The University of the Pacific (also known as Pacific, and formerly known as UOP) is a private northern California university originally chartered on July 10, 1851 in Santa Clara, California, under the name California Wesleyan College by the California Supreme Court. ... City nickname: Californias Sunrise Seaport City slogan: Stocktons Great, Take A Look! County: San Joaquin Area code: 209 ZIP code: 952xx Area:  - Total  - Water 144. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... The Neighborhood Playhouse is an actor training school in New York City, generally associated with the Meisner technique of Sanford Meisner. ... The Actors Studio is a theatrical school and workshop located in the Old Labor Stage on 44th Street in New York City. ... // Sanford Meisner was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 31, 1905, the oldest son of a family of Jewish immigrants that came to America from Hungary. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... The Rainmaker is a 1956 film which tells the story of a middle-aged woman, suffering from unrequited love for the local town sheriff, who falls for a con man who comes to town with the promise that he can make it rain. ... The King and I is a musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, with a script based on the book Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon. ... Cover to the Penguin Group edition. ...


McGavin returned to Hollywood and became a busy actor in a wide variety of TV and movie roles; in 1955 he broke through with roles in the films Summertime and The Man with the Golden Arm. Over the course of his career, McGavin starred in seven different TV series and guest-starred in many more; these roles on television increased in the late 1950s and early 1960s with leading parts in series such as Mike Hammer and Riverboat. He was also the top contender to replace Larry Hagman as the male lead of the television series I Dream of Jeannie. ... Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi in Summertime Summertime is a 1955 film directed by David Lean starring Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi. ... The Man with the Golden Arm is a 1955 film which tells the story of a heroin addict who got clean while in prison but struggles to stay straight in the outside world. ... // Recovering from World War II and its aftermath, the economic miracle emerged in West Germany and Italy. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Mike Hammer is a fictional American detective created by the American author Mickey Spillane in the 1947 book I, the Jury (made into a movie in 1953 and 1982). ... Larry Hagman (born on September 21, 1931) is a popular American actor who is famous for playing J.R. Ewing in the 1980s television soap opera Dallas and Major Anthony Nelson on the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. ... I Dream of Jeannie was a popular American sitcom with a fantasy premise. ...


McGavin was also known for his role as Sam Parkhill in the miniseries adaptation of The Martian Chronicles. He appeared as a regular in The Name of the Game in 1971 after Tony Franciosa was dismissed; he, Peter Falk, Robert Culp, and Robert Wagner stepped in to rotate in the lead role with Gene Barry and Robert Stack. The Martian Chronicles is a 1950 science fiction book by Ray Bradbury that chronicles the colonization of Mars by refugee humans from a troubled Earth, and the conflict between aboriginal Martians and the new colonists. ... The Name of the Game was a television series that ran for seventy-six episodes of 90 minutes each on NBC, filmed from 1968 to 1971. ... Anthony Papaleo (born October 25, 1928), better known as Anthony Franciosa, is an American actor. ... Peter Michael Falk (born September 16, 1927) is an American actor. ... Robert Martin Culp (born August 16, 1930 in Oakland, California), and a 1947 graduate of Berkeley High School, is an American actor, best known for his work on television. ... For other persons named Robert Wagner, see Robert Wagner (disambiguation). ... Gene Barry (born June 14, 1919) is an American actor. ... Robert Stack c1960 Charles Langford Modini Stack (January 13, 1919 – October, 2002), better known as Robert Stack, was an American stage and movie actor. ...


The first of his two best-known roles came in 1972, in the supernatural-themed TV movie The Night Stalker (1972). With McGavin playing a reporter who discovers the activities of a modern-day vampire on the loose in Las Vegas, the film became the highest-rated made-for-TV movie in history; and when the sequel The Night Strangler (1973) also was a strong success, a subsequent television series Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974) was made. In the series, McGavin played Carl Kolchak, an investigative reporter for a Chicago-based news service who regularly stumbles upon the supernatural or occult basis for a seemingly mundane crime; although his involvement routinely assisted in the dispelment of the otherwordly adversary, his evidence in the case was always destroyed or seized, usually by a public official or major social figure who sought to cover up the incident. He would write his ensuing stories in a sensational, tabloid style which advised readers that the true story was being withheld from them. For other uses around the city, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Darren McGavin as Kolchak in The Night Stalker (1972) Kolchak: The Night Stalker is a television series that aired on ABC in 1974, about a newpaper reporter -- Carl Kolchak, played by Darren McGavin -- who investigates crimes with mysterious and unlikely causes that the proper authorities wont accept. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ...


Kolchak was the inspiration for the series The X-Files and due to this, McGavin was asked to play the role of Arthur Dales, the man who started the X-Files, in three episodes: Season 5's "Travelers" and two episodes from Season 6, "Agua Mala" and "The Unnatural". Unfortunately, failing health forced him to withdraw from the latter, and the script (written and directed by series star David Duchovny) was rewritten to feature M. Emmet Walsh as Dales's brother, also called Arthur. For other uses, see The X-Files (disambiguation). ... This article contains episode information and plot summaries from the television show The X-Files. ... This article contains episode information and plot summaries from the television show The X-Files. ... David William Duchovny (born August 7, 1960 in New York City, New York) is a Golden Globe Award-winning American television and film actor most famous for playing the character of FBI agent Fox Mulder on The X-Files television series in the 1990s. ... M Emmet Walsh as the private detective in Blood Simple Michael Emmet Walsh (born March 22, 1935 in Ogdensburg, New York) is an American character actor who has appeared in over 100 film and television productions. ...


In 1983, he starred as "The Old Man," the narrator's father, in the movie A Christmas Story. Opposite Melinda Dillon as the narrator's mother, he portrayed an ornery, irascible working-class father, in an unnamed Indiana town in the 1940s, who was endearing in spite of his being comically oblivious to his own use of profanity and completely unable to recognize his unfortunate taste for kitsch. Blissfully unaware of his family's embarrassment by his behavior, he took pride in his self-assessed ability to fix anything in record time, and carried on a tireless campaign against his neighbor's rampaging bloodhounds. For the Christian Christmas story, see Nativity of Jesus A Christmas Story is a 1983 film based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd, including material from his books In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and Wanda Hickeys Night of... Melinda Dillon (born October 13, 1939 in Hope, Arkansas), is an American actress and comedienne. ... Official language(s) English Capital Indianapolis Largest city Indianapolis Area  Ranked 38th  - Total 36,418 sq mi (94,321 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 270 miles (435 km)  - % water 1. ... Kitsch is a German term that has been used to categorize art that is considered an inferior copy of an existing style. ...


McGavin made an uncredited appearance in 1984's The Natural as a shady gambler and appeared on a Christmas episode ("Midnight of the Century") of Millennium, playing the long-estranged father of Frank Black (Lance Henriksen); he also appeared as Adam Sandler's hotel-magnate father in the 1995 movie Billy Madison. The Natural is a 1952 novel about baseball written by Bernard Malamud. ... Millennium is a grim, suspenseful television series, produced by the creator of The X-Files and set during the run-up to the new millennium. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American-Jewish actor, comedian, producer, and musician (he sings and plays the guitar). ... The 4-star Manor House Hotel at Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England. ... Billy Madison is a 1995 comedy starring Adam Sandler in the title role about a slacker who must go back to school in order to take over his fathers company. ...


During the filming of "The Natural", Robert Redford was so pleased with McGavin's portrayal of his character that they began to expand the role. However, after a certain point, union rules dictated that the actor's contract needed to be renegotiated for salary and billing. After haggling on salary, and holding up production of the movie because of it, the billing had to be decided. McGavin became somewhat fed up with the proceedings and instructed his agent to waive his billing entirely so they could get back to filming.


He won a CableACE Award (for the 1991 TV movie Clara) and received a 1990 Emmy Award (see www.emmys.org) as an Outstanding Guest Star in a Comedy Series on Murphy Brown, in which he played Murphy's father. The CableACE Award was an award that was given from 1978 to 1997 to honor excellence in American cable television programing. ... An Emmy Award. ... Murphy Brown was an American situation comedy which aired on CBS from November 14, 1988 to May 18, 1998. ...


McGavin was married twice in long-term marriages:

It is unclear whether McGavin was in military or naval service in World War II, although he was then in his early twenties and thus eligible. March 20 is the 79th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (80th in leap years). ... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Year 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (99th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Combatants Allied Powers: United Kingdom France Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Axis Powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Charles de Gaulle Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33...


On February 25, 2006, McGavin died of natural causes in a Los Angeles-area hospital, according to his son, Bogart McGavin [1]. February 25 is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1290. ...


Filmography

1940-1970

  • A Song to Remember (1945)
  • Counter-Attack (1945)
  • Kiss and Tell (1945)
  • She Wouldn't Say Yes (1946)
  • Fear (1946)
  • Queen for a Day (1951)
  • Summertime (1955)
  • The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
  • The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)
  • A Word to the Wives (1955)
  • The Delicate Delinquent (1957)
  • Beau James (1957)
  • The Case Against Brooklyn (1958)
  • Bullet for a Badman (1964)
  • The Great Sioux Massacre (1965)
  • African Gold (1966)
  • Mission Mars (1968)
  • Anatomy of a Crime (1969)

A Song to Remember is a 1945 biographical film which tells the life story of pianist and composer Frederic Chopin. ... Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi in Summertime Summertime is a 1955 film directed by David Lean starring Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi. ... The Man with the Golden Arm is a 1955 film which tells the story of a heroin addict who got clean while in prison but struggles to stay straight in the outside world. ... The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell is a film directed by Otto Preminger in 1955. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...

1971-1990

Mrs. ... Hot Lead and Cold Feet is a 1978 comedy western film from Walt Disney Pictures starring Jim Dale, Don Knotts, Karen Valentine Darren McGavin, and Jack Elam. ... Hangar 18 may refer to: Hangar 18 (film), a 1980 film about UFOs Hangar 18 (song), a song from the album Rust in Peace by Megadeth Hangar 18 (band), a well-known Megadeth tribute band Hangar 18 (rap group), a three-person hip-hop group on Definitive Jux records Hangar... For the Christian Christmas story, see Nativity of Jesus A Christmas Story is a 1983 film based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd, including material from his books In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and Wanda Hickeys Night of... The Natural is a 1952 novel about baseball written by Bernard Malamud. ... Raw Deal is an action film, released on Friday, June 6, 1986, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. ... Dead Heat is a 1988 movie about cops and robbers (the robbers are zombies), proving that you cant keep a good cop down (or dead). ...

1991-1999

  • Captain America (1991)
  • Blood and Concrete (1991)
  • Happy Hell Night (1992)
  • Billy Madison (1995)
  • Still Waters Burn (1996)
  • Small Time (1996)
  • Pros and Cons (1999)

Captain America is also the name of a song by Jimmy Buffet. ... Billy Madison is a 1995 comedy starring Adam Sandler in the title role about a slacker who must go back to school in order to take over his fathers company. ...

Television work

  • Crime Photographer (1951 – 1952)
  • Mike Hammer (1956 – 1959)
  • Riverboat (1959 – 1961)
  • The Legend of Jud Starr (1967)
  • The Outsider (1967) (pilot episode)
  • The Outsider (1968 – 1969)
  • The Forty-Eight Hour Mile (1970)
  • The Challenge (1970)
  • The Challengers (1970)
  • Berlin Affair (1970)
  • Tribes (1970)
  • Banyon (1971) (pilot episode)
  • The Death of Me Yet (1971)
  • The Night Stalker (1972)
  • Something Evil (1972)
  • The Rookies (1972) (pilot episode)
  • Here Comes the Judge (1972)
  • Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (1972)
  • The Night Strangler (1973)
  • The Six Million Dollar Man (1973) (pilot episode)
  • Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974 – 1975)
  • Crackle of Death (1976)
  • Brinks: The Great Robbery (1976)
  • Ike: The War Years (1978)
  • The Users (1978)
  • A Bond of Iron (1979)
  • Donovan's Kid (1979)
  • Ike (1979) (miniseries)
  • Not Until Today (1979)
  • Love for Rent (1979)
  • Waikiki (1980)
  • The Martian Chronicles (1980) (miniseries)
  • Magnum, P.I. (1981)
  • Freedom to Speak (1982) (miniseries)
  • Small & Frye (1983) (canceled after six episodes)
  • The Baron and the Kid (1984)
  • The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D. (1984)
  • My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn (1985)
  • The O'Briens (1985) (sitcom pilot)
  • Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Natica Jackson (1987)
  • Tales from the Hollywood Hills: A Table at Ciro's (1987)
  • Inherit the Wind (1988)
  • The Diamond Trap (1988)
  • Around the World in 80 Days (1989) (miniseries)
  • Kojak: It's Always Something (1990)
  • Child in the Night (1990)
  • By Dawn’s Early Light (1990)
  • Clara (1991)
  • Perfect Harmony (1991)
  • Miracles and Other Wonders (1992–199?)
  • Mastergate (1992)
  • The American Clock (1993)
  • A Perfect Stranger (1994)
  • Fudge-A-Mania (1995)
  • Derby (1995)
  • Touched by an Angel ([1997, guest appearance)
  • X-Files ([1999, two episodes)

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Darren McGavin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (831 words)
McGavin was born in either Spokane, Washington, or San Joaquin, California to Reid Delano Richardson and Grace McGavin.
McGavin's two best-known roles were as "The Old Man," the narrator's father, in the classic Christmas movie A Christmas Story (1983), and as reporter Carl Kolchak in the supernatural-themed TV movies The Night Stalker (1972) and The Night Strangler (1973); and also in the subsequent television series Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974).
McGavin was also known for his role as Mike Hammer in the TV series Mike Hammer (1957) and is remembered for his role as Sam Parkhill in the miniseries adaptation of The Martian Chronicles.
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