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Also Known As: George Cadogan Gardner Mckay Died: November 21, 2001
Born: June 10, 1932 Cause of Death: prostate cancer
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: playwright, author, critic, actor, radio personality, director, sculptor, photographer

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Gardner McKay was an actor who graced the silver screen many times throughout his Hollywood career. He spent 18 month traveling throughout Egypt and Libya. In 1973, he co-directed a TV adaptation of the play "Untold Damage," starring Geraldine Fitzgerald and Richard Dreyfuss. He spent part of his formative years in Europe (Paris, Madrid, Rome and Florence). In 1995, he began a weekly program on Hawaii Public Radio, reading from his own fiction. In 1957, he co-starred in the syndicated Western series "Boots and Saddles: The Story of the Fifth Cavalry." McKay started off his career in film with roles in the Montgomery Clift dramatic adaptation "Raintree County" (1957) and the Clifton Webb comedy adaptation "Holiday For Lovers" (1959). McKay also appeared in "The Pleasure Seekers" (1964), "I Sailed to Tahiti With an All Girl Crew" (1969) and "Sea Marks" (PBS, 1975-76). Later in his career, McKay appeared on the documentary "Journey Inside Tibet" (1999) with Paul Horn. McKay passed away in November 2001 at the age of 69.

Gardner McKay was an actor who graced the silver screen many times throughout his Hollywood career. He spent 18 month traveling throughout Egypt and Libya. In 1973, he co-directed a TV adaptation of the play "Untold Damage," starring Geraldine Fitzgerald and Richard Dreyfuss. He spent part of his formative years in Europe (Paris, Madrid, Rome and Florence). In 1995, he began a weekly program on Hawaii Public Radio, reading from his own fiction. In 1957, he co-starred in the syndicated Western series "Boots and Saddles: The Story of the Fifth Cavalry." McKay started off his career in film with roles in the Montgomery Clift dramatic adaptation "Raintree County" (1957) and the Clifton Webb comedy adaptation "Holiday For Lovers" (1959). McKay also appeared in "The Pleasure Seekers" (1964), "I Sailed to Tahiti With an All Girl Crew" (1969) and "Sea Marks" (PBS, 1975-76). Later in his career, McKay appeared on the documentary "Journey Inside Tibet" (1999) with Paul Horn. McKay passed away in November 2001 at the age of 69.

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 The Pleasure Seekers (1964) Pete Stenello
3.
 Holiday for Lovers (1959) Airman-1st class
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 Raintree County (1957) Bearded Union soldier in Atlanta
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Spent part of his formative years in Europe (Paris, Madrid, Rome and Florence)
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After leaving college, moved to NYC's Greenwich Village and worked as a writer and sculptor
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At an exhibition of his sculpture, spotted by photographer Richard Avedon who convinced him to appear in a photo shoot with model Suzy Parker
1956:
While returning from Paris with Suzy Parker on the ocean liner 'Ile de France', ship stopped to pick up survivors of the Andrea Doria wreck; McKay took photographs which were widely syndicated
1957:
Made an uncredited appearance in "Raintree County"
1957:
Co-starred in the syndicated Western series "Boots and Saddles: The Story of the Fifth Cavalry"
1959:
Became a TV star as Capt. Adam Troy on "Adventures in Paradise" (ABC)
1962:
Offered the starring role opposite Marilyn Monroe in "Something's Got to Give"; he turned down the part and quit acting
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Spent 18 month traveling throughout Egypt and Libya
1964:
Appeared in "The Pleasure Seekers"
1968:
Last film, "I Sailed to Tahiti with an All-Girl Crew"
1973:
Co-directed a TV adaptation of the play "Untold Damage," starring Geraldine Fitzgerald and Richard Dreyfuss
1974:
Had perhaps his biggest stage success as a playwright with "Sea Marks"
1976:
PBS broadcast an adaptation of his play "Sea Marks"
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Taught playwrighting at UCLA and at schools in Alaska and Hawaii
1995:
Began a weekly program on Hawaii Public Radio, reading from his own fiction
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Education

Cornell University: Ithaca , New York -

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wife:
Madeleine Madigan. Painter. Born c. 1953; had daughter from previous relationship; met in 1980; married in 1984; survived him.

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father:
Hugh Deane McKay. Advertising executive. Died in the 1950s.
mother:
Catherine McKay.
brother:
Hugh Deane McKay Jr. Survived him.
son:
Tristan Gardner Lebaile McKay. Survived him.
step-daughter:
Liza Petree. Born c. 1973; survived him.
granddaughter:
Cheyenne Petree. Survived him.
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"Toyer: A Novel of Suspense" Little, Brown

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