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Also Known As: Died: February 25, 2006
Born: May 7, 1922 Cause of Death: natural causes
Birth Place: Spokane, Washington, USA Profession: actor, director, producer

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A popular character actor whose talent and charm frequently brought him leading man roles, Darren McGavin was one of the more beloved familiar faces on television. After a turbulent youth, McGavin inadvertently turned to acting and after notable work on stage and television, began making appearances alongside some of film's biggest names like Frank Sinatra "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1955) and Jerry Lewis in "The Delicate Delinquent" (1957). With his rugged good looks and streetwise charisma, McGavin was the perfect choice to play pulp novelist Mickey Spillane's skirt-chasing, hard-living private eye in "Mike Hammer" (syndicated, 1986-59). But it was McGavin's role as the tenacious reporter of the macabre, Carl Kolchak, in the made-for-TV horror movie "The Night Stalker" (ABC, 1972) that would forever endear him to an entire generation of young television viewers. When it became ABC's highest-rated TV movie ever at the time, a sequel and a weekly series, "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" (ABC, 1973-74), were quickly put into production. A decade later, McGavin delivered his second indelible character when he played the curmudgeonly yet loving father of Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) in the perennial...

A popular character actor whose talent and charm frequently brought him leading man roles, Darren McGavin was one of the more beloved familiar faces on television. After a turbulent youth, McGavin inadvertently turned to acting and after notable work on stage and television, began making appearances alongside some of film's biggest names like Frank Sinatra "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1955) and Jerry Lewis in "The Delicate Delinquent" (1957). With his rugged good looks and streetwise charisma, McGavin was the perfect choice to play pulp novelist Mickey Spillane's skirt-chasing, hard-living private eye in "Mike Hammer" (syndicated, 1986-59). But it was McGavin's role as the tenacious reporter of the macabre, Carl Kolchak, in the made-for-TV horror movie "The Night Stalker" (ABC, 1972) that would forever endear him to an entire generation of young television viewers. When it became ABC's highest-rated TV movie ever at the time, a sequel and a weekly series, "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" (ABC, 1973-74), were quickly put into production. A decade later, McGavin delivered his second indelible character when he played the curmudgeonly yet loving father of Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) in the perennial holiday classic, "A Christmas Story" (1983). So influential was the character of Kolchak in the creation of "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002), that series creator Chris Carter later cast McGavin in a pair of episodes. Blessed with impeccable timing and personality plus, McGavin elevated the quality of each and every project on his impressive résumé.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Small Time (1996) Sam
3.
 Billy Madison (1995) Brian Madison
4.
 Derby (1995) Lester Corbett
5.
 Commish: Father Image, The (1995) Terry Boyle
6.
 Fudge-A-Mania (1995) Buzzy Tubman Sr
7.
 Perfect Stranger, A (1994) John Henry Phillips
8.
 Arthur Miller's American Clock (1993) Older Arthur Huntington
9.
 Captain America (1992) General Fleming
10.
 Mastergate (1992) Senator Bunting
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1945:
Professional acting debut in "Liliom" for the Actors Lab in Hollywood
1945:
Film debut in "A Song to Remember"
1948:
New York stage debut in "The Old Lady Says No!"
1949:
Played Happy in Broadway production of "Death of a Salesman"
1951:
Made TV series debut as "Crime Photographer" (CBS)
1955:
Had breakthrough feature film roles in "Summertime" and "The Man With the Golden Arm"
1957:
First directed for the New York stage, "Respect for Joey"
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Starred as "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer" (syndicated)
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Starred in TV series "Riverboat" (NBC)
1959:
First directed for TV with episodes of "Bucksin"
1967:
TV-movie debut, "The Outsider" (NBC)
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Starred in TV series spin-off of "The Outsider" (NBC)
1972:
First played Kolchak in the ABC TV-moive pilot "The Night Stalker"
1973:
Directed and produced feature film "Happy Mother's Day, Love George"
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Starred as "Kolchak, the Night Stalker" (ABC)
1983:
Tried sitcoms with "Small & Frye" (CBS)
1983:
Played the father in "A Christmas Story"
1985:
Returned to the New York stage after 20 year absence in "California Dog Fight"
1989:
Made first of several appearances as father of "Murphy Brown" (CBS)
1989:
Hosted first of several "Unclaimed Fortunes" specials (ABC)
1994:
Did voice work for animated "Gargoyles" syndicated series
1994:
Hosted first of several "Mysteries of the Ancient World" specials (CBS)
1995:
Played father to Adam Sandler in "Billy Madison"
1998:
Made guest appearance on "The X-Files" (Fox)
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Education

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -
College of Pacific: Stockton , California - 1941

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wife:
Melanie York. Actor. Married on March 20, 1944; divorced.
wife:
Katherine Browne. Actor. Married on December 31, 1969.

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father:
Reid Delano Richardson McGavin.
mother:
Grace McGavin.
son:
York McGavin.
daughter:
Megan McGavin.
daughter:
Bridget McGavin.
son:
Bogart McGavin.
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