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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 10 June 1932New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 21 November 2001Honolulu, Hawaii, USA  (prostate cancer)
Birth NameGeorge Cadogan Gardiner McKay
Nickname Gard
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gardner is the son of Deane McKay, an ad executive, and Catherine. He was raised in New York and Paris. He attended Cornell University two years but left when his father died. He worked in advertising for 6 months but found that he could not stand it. At age 20, he became a sculptor and had a piece displayed in the Museum of Modern Art. In 1959, he was spotted by a Hollywood producer who convinced him to join the cast of TV's Adventures in Paradise (1959). When it was over, he decided he really did not like the celebrity spotlight and proceeded to roam the world. He hiked in the Amazon, rode camels in Egypt, and crewed on Caribbean yachts. Finally, in 1980, he met Madeleine Madigan, who became his wife. The life-long bachelor settled down and decided to become a writer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: John Sacksteder <jsack@ka.net>

Spouse (1)

Madeleine Madigan (1983 - 21 November 2001) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (7)

He quit acting and became a writer in 1970. He was the drama critic for the L.A. Herald Examiner--1979-1981.
Children: son Tristan and daughter Liza.
Immortalized in the the 1983 Jimmy Buffett song "We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us About".
Turned down the offer to co-star with Marilyn Monroe in the unfinished film Something's Got to Give (1962), started shortly before her death.
Was discovered by Dominick Dunne.
Named to star in Watcher in the Woods a forthcoming production for Twentieth Century Fox in 1962/63. A British scientist uses himself as bait to entice a would be murderer into the open. Wounding the killer in a gun duel, the scientist discovers that he had been singled out for death because he was believed to be an ex-gestapo agent.
The July 22, 1970, issue of Variety, in the Hollywood Production Pulse column, lists the movie "The Low Price of Fame" had started filming May 18 in Iowa, starring Rory Calhoun, Gardner McKay, and Yvonne DeCarlo. Producer and director Jerry Schafer, executive producer Donald B. Running, for Carvel Prods. No evidence the film was completed or released.

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