Darren McGavin

Born May 7, 1922

Darren McGavin was an American actor best known for playing the title role in the television horror series Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and his portrayal in the film A Christmas Story of the grumpy father given to bursts of profanity that he never realizes his son overhears. He appeared as the tough-talking, funny detective in the 1950s television series Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer.… Read More

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1922 Birth Born on May 7, 1922.


1945 23 Years Old Untrained as an actor, McGavin worked as a painter at Columbia Pictures movie studios in 1945. … Read More


1955 33 Years Old McGavin returned to Hollywood and became busy in a wide variety of TV and movie roles. In 1955, he appeared in the short film A Word to the Wives with Marsha Hunt, and with roles in the feature films Summertime and The Man with the Golden Arm. … Read More


1967 45 Years Old McGavin narrated and appeared in The Big Picture TV series in 1967, "The Inner Ring" episode, produced for the Office of the Chief of Information by the Army Pictorial Center. … Read More
1969 47 Years Old …  It ended in divorce in 1969, but produced four children: Bogart, York, Megan, and Graemm Bridget McGavin. … Read More
1970 48 Years Old In 1970, he was in negotiations to replace Larry Hagman as the male lead in the television series I Dream of Jeannie for an intended sixth season, but NBC stated that they would rather cancel the series than have any additional similarities to Bewitched, in which the male lead was replaced by another actor. … Read More


1972 50 Years Old The first of his two best-known roles came in 1972, in the supernatural-themed TV movie The Night Stalker (1972). … Read More


1983 61 Years Old In 1983, he starred as "Old Man Parker", the narrator's father, in the movie A Christmas Story. … Read More
1984 62 Years Old McGavin made an uncredited appearance in 1984's The Natural as a shady gambler, and appeared on a Christmas episode ("Midnight of the Century") of Millennium, playing the long-estranged father of Frank Black (Lance Henriksen); he also appeared as Adam Sandler's character's hotel-magnate father in the 1995 movie Billy Madison. … Read More
1990 68 Years Old He won a CableACE Award (for the 1991 TV movie Clara) and received a 1990 Emmy Award as an Outstanding Guest Star in a Comedy Series on Murphy Brown, in which he played Murphy's father. … Read More
2005 83 Years Old In the initial episode aired on September 29, 2005, McGavin appeared momentarily in the background, using digitally inserted footage from his role in the original series.
2006 84 Years Old McGavin died on February 25, 2006, at the age of 83 of cardiovascular disease in a Los Angeles hospital, He is buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
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