Darren McGavin

Mostly Credited As: Darren McGavin
Sometimes Credited As: Darren McGaven

Birth Name: William Lyle Richardson
Date Of Birth: May 07, 1922 (Age 83)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: San Joaquin, California
Date Of Death: February 25, 2006
Cause Of Death: Natural Causes (Los Angeles, California)
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)

Darren McGavin

Darren McGavin was born in San Joaquin, California, on May 7, 1922. He began studying acting and received his training at both New York's Neighborhood Playhouse and the Actors Studio, eventually earning his first starring role on TV, as Mickey Spillane's hard-boiled private eye in Mike Hammer (1958).

Darren made the television circuit throughout the 60's appearing on shows like Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible (1966) and Dr. Kildare. He landed the role of reporter "Carl Kolchak" in the made for TV movie The Night Stalker (1972), about a vampire murdering young women in Las Vegas. At the time of its original airing, it was the most widely viewed TV movie, with a 33.2 rating, the highest-rated TV movie of 1972. A sequel, The Night Strangler (1973), quickly went into production. The second story finds Kolchak in Seattle, after being run out of Vegas, and on the trail of a serial killer seeking the fountain of youth. The second movie was successful enough to spawn the TV series Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974), which only lasted one season, but would eventually inspire Chris Carter to create the The X-Files (1993). McGavin guest-starred in several episodes.

He kept quite busy during the 70's, 80's and 90's as he appeared on TV, film and the stage. He came to the attention of a whole new generation of fans as the father in the holiday classic, A Christmas Story (1983). He also appeared on the big screen in an uncredited role as "Gus Sands" in The Natural (1984) with Robert Redford, with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Raw Deal (1986) and as Adam Sandler's dad in Billy Madison (1995). A few of over 140 TV appearances from his long career include several episodes of the series Disneyland, The Love Boat, Magnum, P.I.., and a recurring role as Candice Bergen's father on Murphy Brown.

His first marriage was to Melanie York in 1944; their union produced four children: York, Megan, Graemm Bridget and Bogart. Their marriage ended in 1969, and he later married Kathie Browne, an actress he frequently co-starred with throughout his career. Sadly, Kathie passed away in April of 2003.

On February 25, 2006 Darren died of natural causes in a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 83.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Around the World in 80 Days (1989) (1989)As: Benjamin Mudge
Small & Frye (1983)As: Nick Small
Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974)As: Carl Kolchak
The Outsider (US) (1968)As: David Ross
Riverboat (1959)As: Grey Holden
Mike Hammer (1958) (1958)As: Mike Hammer
Crime Photographer (1951)As: Casey (Jun 1951-1952)
Episode Cast Credits 

Night Stalker (2005) 
  Pilot 01x01: (Sep/29/2005) As Reporter Standing at Desk, [Uncredited]

The X-Files (1993) 
  Agua Mala 06x13: (Feb/21/1999) As Arthur Dales 
  Travelers 05x15: (Mar/29/1998) As Arthur Dales 

Millennium (1996) 
  Midnight of the Century 02x10: (Dec/19/1997) As Henry Black 

Touched by an Angel (1994) 
  Missing In Action 03x24: (Apr/13/1997) As George Zarko 

Grace Under Fire (1993) 
  Take Me to Your Breeder 03x23: (May/01/1996) As Dad 

The Commish (1991) 
  Father Image (2) 05x03: (Dec/14/1995) As Terry Boyle 
  Father Image (1) 05x02: (Dec/07/1995) As Terry Boyle 

Gargoyles (1994) 
  The Silver Falcon 02x06: (Sep/12/1995) Voiced  Dominic Dracon 

Burke's Law (1994) (1994) 
  Who Killed the King of the Country Club? 02x11: (Jul/06/1995) As Conrad Hill 

Sisters (1991) 
  Judgement Day 05x19: (Apr/01/1995) As Judge Harrison Bradford 

Murphy Brown (1988) 
  I'm Dreaming of a Brown Christmas 05x12: (Dec/14/1992) As Bill Brown 
  Full Circle 04x06: (Oct/14/1991) As Bill Brown 
  Brown Like Me (2) 02x11: (Nov/27/1989) As Bill Brown 
  Brown Like Me (1) 02x10: (Nov/27/1989) As Bill Brown 

Murder, She Wrote (1984) 
  Angel of Death 08x20: (May/03/1992) As Martin Tremaine 

Civil Wars (1991) 
  Shop 'Til You Drop 01x10: (Jan/29/1992) As Noah Caldecott, [Special Guest Stars]

Monsters (1988) 
  Portrait of the Artist 02x02: (Oct/08/1989) As Hubert, [Starring Roles]

Highway to Heaven (1984) 
  The Correspondent 04x19: (Feb/24/1988) As Hale Stoddard 

Tales from the Darkside (1983) (1983) 
  Distant Signals 02x08: (Nov/17/1985) As Van Conway, [Starring Roles]

The Hitchhiker (1983) 
  Nightshift 02x01: (Oct/15/1985) As Old Man 

Tales of the Unexpected (1979) 
  Heir Presumptuous 06x05: (May/07/1983) As Sheriff Milt Singleton 

Magnum, P.I. (1980) 
  Mad Buck Gibson 02x09: (Nov/26/1981) As Buck Gibson 

Nero Wolfe (1981) (1981) 
  Gambit 01x10: (Apr/03/1981) As John Brademan 

The Love Boat (1977) 
  The Promoter/The Judges/The Family Plan/Forever Engaged/May the Best Man Win (2) 04x03: (Nov/01/1980) As Lawrence Evans 
  The Promoter/The Judges/The Family Plan/Forever Engaged/May the Best Man Win (1) 04x02: (Nov/01/1980) As Lawrence Evans 

The Martian Chronicles (1980) 
  The Martians 01x03: (Jan/29/1980) As Sam Parkhill 
  The Settlers 01x02: (Jan/28/1980) As Sam Parkhill 
  The Expeditions 01x01: (Jan/27/1980) As Sam Parkhill 

Fantasy Island (1977) (1978) 
  Let the Goodtimes Roll/ Nightmare 02x07: (Nov/04/1978) As Victor Duncan 

The Evil Touch (1973) 
  Gornak's Prism 01x21: (Mar/03/1974) As Alvin 
  George 01x11: (Nov/25/1973) As George Manners 
  A Game of Hearts 01x06: (Oct/21/1973) As Dr. Thomas Sullivan 

Police Story (1973) (1973) 
  The Ripper 01x15: (Feb/12/1974) As Matt Hallett 

The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) 
  The Moon and The Desert (Mar/07/1973) As Oliver Spencer, [Special Guest Stars]

The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (1969) 
  The Invasion of Kevin Ireland 03x01: (Sep/26/1971) As Kevin Ireland 

Cade's County (1971) 
  Homecoming 01x01: (Sep/19/1971) As Courtney Vernon 

The Name of the Game (1968) 
  Battle at Gannon's Bridge 03x04: (Oct/09/1970) As Eddie Gannon 
  Goodbye Harry 02x06: (Oct/24/1969) As Sam Hardy (starring role- delete from guest star and credit as starring), [Starring Roles]
  Shine On, Shine On, Jesse Gil 01x07: (Nov/01/1968) As Jesse Gil McCray 

Bracken's World (1969) 
  Murder Of Camera 02x02: (Sep/25/1970) As Max Lassiter 

Mannix (1967) 
  A Ticket to the Eclipse 04x01: (Sep/19/1970) As Mark 

Custer (1967) 
  Desperate Mission 01x09: (Nov/08/1967) As Jeb Powell 

Mission: Impossible (1966) (1966) 
  The Seal 02x09: (Nov/05/1967) As J. Richard Taggart 

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964) 
  The Deadly Quest Affair 04x08: (Oct/30/1967) As Viktor Karmak 

The Virginian (1962) 
  The Deadly Past 06x02: (Sep/20/1967) As Sam Evans 
  The Intruders 02x23: (Mar/04/1964) As Mark Troxel 

Cimarron Strip (1967) 
  The Legend of Jud Starr 01x02: (Sep/14/1967) As Jud Starr 

Gunsmoke (1955) 
  Gunfighter, R.I.P. 12x06: (Oct/22/1966) As Joe Bascome 
  The Hostage 11x12: (Dec/04/1965) As Lon Gorman 
  Twenty Miles from Dodge 10x29: (Apr/10/1965) As Will Helmick 

What's My Line? (US) (1950) 
  EPISODE #832 18x04: (Sep/25/1966) As Himself 
  EPISODE #590 13x13: (Nov/26/1961) As Himself 

The Felony Squad (1966) 
  The Streets Are Paved With Gold 01x01: (Sep/12/1966) As Leslie Gorman 

Court Martial (1965) 
  All Roads Lead to Callaghan 01x21: (Feb/25/1966) As Sgt. Callagham 

Dr. Kildare (1961) 
  With This Ring (4) 05x29: (Dec/21/1965) As Felix Holman 
  When Shadows Fall (3) 05x28: (Dec/20/1965) As Felix Holman 
  In Roman Candle's Bright Glare (2) 05x27: (Dec/14/1965) As Felix Holman 
  From Nigeria with Love (1) 05x26: (Dec/13/1965) As Felix Holman 

Password (1961) 
  (PT) EPISODE #167 04x33: (May/13/1965) As Himself 

The Rogues (1964) 
  The Diamond-Studded Pie 01x20: (Jan/31/1965) As Amos Champion 

Ben Casey (1961) 
  Kill the Dream, but Spare the Dreamer 04x11: (Nov/30/1964) As guest star 

Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre (1963) 
  Parties to the Crime 02x08: (Nov/27/1964) As Joe Mason 
  The Game with Glass Pieces 01x27: (May/01/1964) As Franklin Carson 

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962) 
  A Matter of Murder 02x23: (Apr/03/1964) As Sheridan Westcott 

The Defenders (1961) (1961) 
  Everybody Else is Dead 02x32: (May/11/1963) As Howard Potter 

Rawhide (1959) 
  The Sendoff 04x02: (Oct/02/1961) As Jed Hadley, [Special Guest Stars]

Route 66 (1960) (1960) 
  The Opponent 01x28: (Jun/02/1961) As Johnny Copa 

Death Valley Days (1952) 
  The Stolen City 09x28: (Apr/12/1961) As Zacharias Gurney 

Stagecoach West (1960) 
  A Place of Still Waters 01x27: (Apr/11/1961) As Pierce Martin 

The Islanders (1960) 
  Island Witness 01x20: (Feb/26/1961) As Phil 

Studio One (1948) 
  The Fair-Haired Boy 10x22: (Mar/03/1958) As Tom Kendall 
  First Prize for Murder 10x02: (Sep/16/1957) As Johnny Quigg 
  Fandango at War Bonnet 06x40: (Jun/21/1954) As Will Sorrell 

Alcoa Hour (1955) 
  The Original Miss Chase 02x13: (Mar/17/1957) As Arthur Bryan 
  The Archangel Harrigan 01x19: (Jun/24/1956) As Harrigan 

Robert Montgomery Presents Your Lucky Strike Theatre (1950) 
  Sunset Boulevard 08x12: (Nov/26/1956) As Joe Gillis 

Climax! (1954) 
  Night of the Heat Wave 03x08: (Oct/25/1956) As Walter 

The Armstrong Circle Theatre (1950) 
  Terror at My Heels 07x11: (Feb/21/1956) As Lieutenant Melvin Shadduck 
  The Town that Refused to Die 07x05: (Nov/29/1955) As Carl Broggi 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) (1955) 
  The Cheney Vase 01x13: (Dec/25/1955) As Lyle Endicott 
  Triggers in Leash 01x03: (Oct/16/1955) As Red Hillman 

Omnibus (US) (1952) 
  Just Be Normal 03x03: (Nov/28/1954) As guest star 

Suspense (US) (1949) 
  An Affair With a Ghost 06x22: (Jan/26/1954) As guest star 
  Mutiny Below 05x22: (Feb/03/1953) As guest star 
  For the Love of Randi 04x44: (Jul/15/1952) As guest star 

The Philco Television Playhouse (1948) 
  The Rainmaker 05x26: (Aug/16/1953) As guest star 

Tales of Tomorrow (1951) 
  The Duplicates 01x40: (Jul/04/1952) As Bruce (Bruce Calvin) 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

Episode Crew

The Evil Touch (1973) (Credited in 3 episodes from this show) 
Gornak's Prism 01x21 Mar/03/1974 As: Director
George 01x11 Nov/25/1973 As: Director
A Game of Hearts 01x06 Oct/21/1973 As: Director
Riverboat (1959) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
The Blowup 01x18 Jan/18/1960 As: Director

McGavin appeared with his Kolchak: The Night Stalker co-star Simon Oakland in the Gunsmoke episode "The Hostage"

Darren won the role of Ralphie's dad, "The Old Man" in A Christmas Story, beating out among others, Jack Nicholson!

Darren appears through the magic of special effects in the pilot episode of the 2005 remake of his cult classic Night Stalker.

His mother's maiden name was McGavin.

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