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Darren McGavin (1922–2006)


A remarkably seasoned actor of stage, screen and television, Darren McGavin has notched in excess of 200 performances; however, he is most fondly remembered by cult TV fans as heroic newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak in the classic but short-lived horror TV series Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974). In a long and varied career, McGavin has often ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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 2008 Still Waters Burn
Paddy
 2005 Night Stalker (TV Series)
Reporter at Desk
- Pilot (2005) ... Reporter at Desk (uncredited)
 1999 Pros & Cons
Mr. Stanford
 1998-1999 The X-Files (TV Series)
Arthur Dales / Agent Arthur Dales
- Agua Mala (1999) ... Arthur Dales
 1997 Millennium (TV Series)
Henry Black
 1997 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
George Zarko
- Missing in Action (1997) ... George Zarko
 1996/I Small Time
Sam
 1996 Grace Under Fire (TV Series)
Grace's Dad
- Take Me to Your Breeder (1996) ... Grace's Dad
 1995 Fallen Angels (TV Series)
The Old Man
- Fly Paper (1995) ... The Old Man
 1995 Gargoyles (TV Series)
Dominic Dracon / G.F. Benton
- The Silver Falcon (1995) ... Dominic Dracon / G.F. Benton (voice)
 1995 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Conrad Hill
- Who Killed the King of the Country Club? (1995) ... Conrad Hill
 1995 Derby (TV Movie)
Lester Corbett
 1995 Sisters (TV Series)
Judge Harrison Bradford
- Judgment Day (1995) ... Judge Harrison Bradford
 1995 Fudge (TV Series)
Buster
- Fudge-a-mania (1995) ... Buster
 1994 A Perfect Stranger (TV Movie)
John Henry Phillips
 1992 Miracles & Other Wonders (TV Series)
Host
 1992 Mastergate (TV Movie)
Folsom Bunting
 1992 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Martin Tremaine
- Angel of Death (1992) ... Martin Tremaine
 1992 Happy Hell Night
Henry Collins
 1992 Civil Wars (TV Series)
Noah Caldecott
- Shop 'Til You Drop (1992) ... Noah Caldecott
 1992 Sibs (TV Series)
 1991 Perfect Harmony (TV Movie)
Mr. Hobbs
 1991 The General Motors Playwrights Theater (TV Series)
Albert Kroll
- Clara (1991) ... Albert Kroll
 1991 Blood and Concrete
Hank Dick
 1990 Kojak: It's Always Something (TV Movie)
Wainwright
 1990 Captain America
General Fleming
 1990 By Dawn's Early Light (TV Movie)
Condor
 1990 Child in the Night (TV Movie)
Os Winfield
 1989 Monsters (TV Series)
Hubert
- Portrait of the Artist (1989) ... Hubert
 1989 In the Name of Blood
Fergus
 1988 The Diamond Trap (TV Movie)
Chief Walter Vadney
 1988 Inherit the Wind (TV Movie)
E.K. Hornbeck
 1988 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Hale Stoddard
- The Correspondent (1988) ... Hale Stoddard
 1987 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
Walter
- Day to Day (1987) ... Walter
 1987 From the Hip
Craig Duncan
 1986 Flag
 1986 Worlds Beyond (TV Series)
Harry Hewart
- Voice from the Gallows (1986) ... Harry Hewart
 1986 Raw Deal
Harry Shannon
 1985 Tales from the Darkside (TV Series)
Van Conway
- Distant Signals (1985) ... Van Conway
 1985 Deadly Nightmares (TV Series)
Old Man
- Nightshift (1985) ... Old Man
 1985 The O'Briens (TV Movie)
The Father
 1985 Turk 182!
Det. Kowalski
 1985 My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn (TV Movie)
Dr. Gerrit Koets
 1984 The Baron and the Kid (TV Movie)
Jack Beamer
 1984 The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Movie)
Dr. David Jennings
 1984 The Natural
Gus Sands (uncredited)
 1983 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Sheriff Milt Singleton
- Heir Presumptuous (1983) ... Sheriff Milt Singleton
 1982 Freedom to Speak (TV Mini-Series)
 1981 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Buck Gibson
 1981 Nero Wolfe (TV Series)
John Alan Bredeman
- Gambit (1981) ... John Alan Bredeman
 1980 Hangar 18
Harry Forbes
 1980 Waikiki (TV Movie)
Captain
 1980 Ike: The War Years (TV Movie)
 1979 A Bond of Iron (TV Movie)
William Weaver
 1979 Love for Rent (TV Movie)
Coach John Martin
 1979 Not Until Today (TV Short)
Chief Jason Swan
 1979 Ike: The War Years (TV Mini-Series)
Gen. George S. Patton
 1968-1979 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
John Jay Forrest / Timothy Donovan / Barney B. Duncan
- Donovan's Kid: Part 2 (1979) ... Timothy Donovan
- Donovan's Kid: Part 1 (1979) ... Timothy Donovan
- The High Flying Spy: Part 3 (1972) ... John Jay Forrest
- The High Flying Spy: Part 2 (1972) ... John Jay Forrest
- The High Flying Spy: Part 1 (1972) ... John Jay Forrest
 1979 Donovan's Kid (TV Movie)
Timothy Donovan
 1978 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Victor Duncan
- Let the Goodtimes Roll/Nightmare/The Tiger (1978) ... Victor Duncan
 1978 The Users (TV Movie)
Henry Waller
 1978 Hot Lead and Cold Feet
Mayor Ragsdale
 1978 Zero to Sixty
Michael Nolan
 1976 Law and Order (TV Movie)
Deputy Chief Brian O'Malley
 1976 Brinks: The Great Robbery (TV Movie)
James McNally
 1976 No Deposit, No Return
Duke
 1975 Hay que matar a B.
Pal Kovak
 1973-1974 The Evil Touch (TV Series)
Alvin Hazeltine / George Manners / Dr. Thomas Sullivan
- Gornak's Prism (1974) ... Alvin Hazeltine
- George (1973) ... George Manners
- A Game of Hearts (1973) ... Dr. Thomas Sullivan
 1974 Police Story (TV Series)
Matt Hallett
- The Ripper (1974) ... Matt Hallett
 1974 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series)
McClain
- A Foreigner Among Us (1974) ... McClain
 1974 Shaft (TV Series)
Captain Brewster
- Cop Killer (1974) ... Captain Brewster
 1973 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Movie)
Oliver Spencer
 1973 The Night Strangler (TV Movie)
Carl Kolchak
 1972 43: The Richard Petty Story
Lee Petty
 1972 Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (TV Movie)
Dr. Lou Grazzo
 1972 Here Comes the Judge (TV Movie)
Judge
 1972 The Rookies (TV Series)
Sergeant Eddie Ryker
- Pilot (1972) ... Sergeant Eddie Ryker
 1972 Something Evil (TV Movie)
Paul Worden
 1972 The Night Stalker (TV Movie)
Carl Kolchak
 1971 The Death of Me Yet (TV Movie)
Joe Chalk
 1971 The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (TV Series)
Kevin Ireland
- The Invasion of Kevin Ireland (1971) ... Kevin Ireland
 1971 Cade's County (TV Series)
Courtney Vernon
- Homecoming (1971) ... Courtney Vernon
 1971 Banyon (TV Series)
Lieutenant Pete Cordova
- Pilot (1971) ... Lieutenant Pete Cordova
 1970 Matt Lincoln (TV Series)
- Billy (1970)
 1970 Bracken's World (TV Series)
Max Lassiter
- Infinity (1970) ... Max Lassiter
 1970 Tribes (TV Movie)
Drake
 1970 Berlin Affair (TV Movie)
Paul Killian
 1968-1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Eddie Gannon / Sam Hardy / Jesse Gil McCray
- Battle at Gannon's Bridge (1970) ... Eddie Gannon
- Good-bye Harry (1969) ... Sam Hardy
- Shine On, Shine On, Jesse Gil (1968) ... Jesse Gil McCray
 1970 Mannix (TV Series)
Mark
- A Ticket to the Eclipse (1970) ... Mark
 1970 The Challengers (TV Movie)
Jim McCabe
 1970 The Challenge (TV Movie)
Jacob Gallery
 1969 Anatomy of a Crime (TV Movie)
David Ross
 1968 Mission Mars
Col. Mike Blaiswick
 1967 The Outsider (TV Movie)
David Ross
 1967 Custer (TV Series)
Jeb Powell
- Desperate Mission (1967) ... Jeb Powell
 1967 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
J. Richard Taggart
- The Seal (1967) ... J. Richard Taggart
 1967 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Viktor Karmak
- The Deadly Quest Affair (1967) ... Viktor Karmak
 1964-1967 The Virginian (TV Series)
Sam Evans / Mark Troxel
- The Deadly Past (1967) ... Sam Evans
- The Intruders (1964) ... Mark Troxel
 1967 Cimarron Strip (TV Series)
Jud Starr
- The Legend of Jud Starr (1967) ... Jud Starr
 1965-1966 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Joe Bascome / Lon Gorman / Will Helmick
- Gunfighter, R.I.P (1966) ... Joe Bascome
- The Hostage (1965) ... Lon Gorman
- Twenty Miles from Dodge (1965) ... Will Helmick
 1966 Felony Squad (TV Series)
Leslie Gorman
- The Streets Are Paved with Quicksand (1966) ... Leslie Gorman
 1966 Confidential for Women (TV Series)
Andy
- Episode dated 25 April 1966 (1966) ... Andy
 1966 Court Martial (TV Series)
Sgt. Joe Callaghan
- All Roads Lead to Callaghan (1966) ... Sgt. Joe Callaghan
 1965 African Gold
Mike Gregory
 1965 The Great Sioux Massacre
Captain Benton
 1965 The Rogues (TV Series)
Amos Champion
- The Diamond-Studded Pie (1965) ... Amos Champion
 1964 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Greene
 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Joe Masson / Franklin Carson
- Parties to the Crime (1964) ... Joe Masson
- The Game with Glass Pieces (1964) ... Franklin Carson
 1963-1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
Marty Wisnovsky / Howard Potter
- A Taste of Ashes (1964) ... Marty Wisnovsky
- Everybody Else Is Dead (1963) ... Howard Potter
 1964 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Fitz Condon
- Hildie (1964) ... Fitz Condon
 1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Sheridan Westcott
- A Matter of Murder (1964) ... Sheridan Westcott
 1962 Purex Summer Specials (TV Series)
James Carlisle
- The Problem Child (1962) ... James Carlisle
 1961 Rawhide (TV Series)
Jed Hadley
- The Sendoff (1961) ... Jed Hadley
 1961 Route 66 (TV Series)
Johnny Copa
- The Opponent (1961) ... Johnny Copa
 1961 Stagecoach West (TV Series)
Pierce Martin
- A Place of Still Waters (1961) ... Pierce Martin
 1961 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Zacharias Gurney
- The Stolen City (1961) ... Zacharias Gurney
 1961 The Islanders (TV Series)
Phil
- Island Witness (1961) ... Phil
 1961 Witchcraft (TV Movie)
Fred
 1958 Decision (TV Series)
Dan Garrett
- Man Against Crime (1958) ... Dan Garrett
 1958 The Case Against Brooklyn
Pete Harris
 1951-1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Tom Kendall / Johnny Quigg / Will Sorrell / ...
- The Fair-Haired Boy (1958) ... Tom Kendall
- First Prize for Murder (1957) ... Johnny Quigg
- Fandango at War Bonnet (1954) ... Will Sorrell
- Macbeth (1951) ... Macduff
 1957 Beau James
Charley Hand
 1956-1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Arthur Bryan / Harrigan
- The Archangel Harrigan (1956) ... Harrigan
 1956 Climax! (TV Series)
Walter
- Night of the Heat Wave (1956) ... Walter
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
 1952-1956 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Lieutenant Melvin Shadduck / Carl Broggi
- Terror at My Heels (1956) ... Lieutenant Melvin Shadduck
- The Town That Refused to Die (1955) ... Carl Broggi
- Recapture (1952)
 1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Lyle Endicott / Red Hillman
- The Cheney Vase (1955) ... Lyle Endicott
- Triggers in Leash (1955) ... Red Hillman
 1955 The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell
Capt. Russ Peters
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Soldier
- Dateline II (1955) ... Soldier
 1955 It's Always Jan (TV Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1955)
 1955 Summertime
Eddie Yaeger
 1955 A Word to the Wives... (Short)
George Peters
 1954 Omnibus (TV Series)
- Just Be Normal (1954)
 1954 The Telltale Clue (TV Series)
Harry Williams
- The Case of the Talking Garden (1954) ... Harry Williams
 1954 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
- Blind Alley (1954)
- Unequal Contest (1954)
 1954 Mama (TV Series)
 1952-1954 Suspense (TV Series)
Ted Larson
- For the Love of Randi (1952) ... Ted Larson
 1954 Janet Dean, Registered Nurse (TV Series)
Tony Burito
- The Gomez Case (1954) ... Tony Burito
 1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater (TV Series)
 1952-1953 Danger (TV Series)
- Hand Me Down (1953)
 1953 Short Short Dramas (TV Series)
Fred Diamond
- The Double Cross (1953) ... Fred Diamond
 1952 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Witness (1952)
 1952 The Web (TV Series)
- Turn Back (1952)
 1952 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
Bruce Calvin
- The Duplicates (1952) ... Bruce Calvin
 1951-1952 Crime Photographer (TV Series)
Casey
- Letter of the Law (1952) ... Casey
- Reward (1952) ... Casey
- Tall Steel Nightmare (1952) ... Casey
- Hero Comes Home (1952) ... Casey
- A Score to Settle (1952) ... Casey
 1951 Distant Drums
Navy Lieutenant (uncredited)
 1951 Queen for a Day
Dan, Gossamer World segment
 1949 Mr. I. Magination (TV Series)
American soldier
 1949 I Remember You (Short)
Blind Mechanic
 1946 Fear
Blonde Student (uncredited)
 1945 She Wouldn't Say Yes
The Kid - Soldier in Hospital (uncredited)
 1945 Kiss and Tell
Tech Sergeant (uncredited)
 1945 Counter-Attack
Paratrooper (uncredited)
 1945 A Song to Remember
Student (uncredited)
Show Show Director (5 credits)
Show Show Producer (2 credits)
Show Show Writer (2 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (41 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (9 credits)

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Other Works:

Stage: Produced (w/David Helweil, Robert N. Winter-Berger) "Dark Legend" on Broadway. Written by Helene Fraenkel, based on the novel by Frederic Wettman. Directed by 'Morton Da Costa'. President Theater, March 24-29, 1952. Cast: Dino Tarronova, Arny Freeman, James Lipton, Olive Deering, Leslie Vega, Helen Auerbach, James Daly, Penny ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Darven McGavin | W. Lyle Richardson

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Trivia:

He was indeed "curiously" uncredited in The Natural (1984). During the filming of the movie, 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 ... See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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