Darren McGavin
Actor
Darren McGavin
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.
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Talking With Tarantino: The Sight and Sound Excerpt
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The new Sight & Sound features my ten-page interview with its February cover star, Quentin Tarantino, and they have graciously allowed me to excerpt a portion of the extensive Q&A here. This is a nice chunk of it, but there's so much more in the magazine, from getting to know his characters, to the Roadshow appeal of The Hateful Eight and themes in the movie, to movie violence, to Leonardo DiCaprio's character in Django, to shooting on Ultra Panavision, to his own theater in Los Angeles, The New Beverly (shout out to Clu Gulager in the issue), to his love of old film prints, to interesting thoughts and facts about his past movies, and much, much more. Dig in and read it all via the magazine. For now, check out these choice moments from the interview. "There was a whole lot of speculation from some people about this whole 70mm thing, as in, that's really great, but it's just this set-bound parlor piece, so isn't it just a big old fucking waste of time and money? And, I thi ...
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'A Christmas Story' At 30: Now Part Of The Family
Huffington Post - about 3 years
CLEVELAND (AP) — Even after three decades, the triple-dog dare doesn't get old. The film "A Christmas Story" opened 30 years ago to mixed reviews but has shown its staying power as a holiday family favorite. Cleveland, where parts of the movie were filmed and hard-luck Ralphie dreamed big, is celebrating the anniversary with iconic leg lamps, holiday store windows like the ones that drew Ralphie's wide-eyed stares, and stage and musical versions of "A Christmas Story." "It becomes part of your fabric for your whole life," said Kevin Moore, managing director of the Cleveland Play House, where the stage version of the story has become a holiday staple. In the film, starring Darren McGavin as the father, 9-year-old Ralphie was transfixed by the brightly decorated storefront windows. And he dreamed of getting an air rifle as a Christmas gift, despite warnings that he might shoot his eye out. The plot follows his determined gift-begging, his encounters with bullies and his family's dai ...
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What To Watch On Netflix, Part 3: Overlooked Gems
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Now that I've got the Classics and the Pretty Good Bets lists out of the way, welcome to my list of Netflix's Overlooked Gems. This was the Netflix recommendation roster I had the most fun compiling (it's not every day that having watched so much cult TV comes in handy). Adding to the fun: This list comes with a cherry on top, in the form of some exciting news. HuffPost TV can exclusively reveal that all five seasons of the much-loved NBC spy drama "Chuck" will be available in the U.S. for streaming on Netflix on Nov. 1. "Chuck" is a good poster child for this list, which is all about shows with fervent but smallish fan bases -- these are all shows that, for one reason or another, deserve wider attention but in many cases weren't big hits when they first aired. It truly brings me joy to recommend these kinds of shows to people who may be unfamiliar with them; if there's one thing I've become convinced of in my time as a TV critic, it's that there is a great deal of enjoyment to be ...
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'Dark' remake an all-too-familiar creature feature - Chicago Daily Herald
Google News - over 5 years
“The Night Stalker” (1972), with Darren McGavin as a sartorially challenged reporter on the trail of a serial killer he starts to think could be a vampire. It inspired an uninspired sequel (“The Night Strangler”) and a Chicago-based TV series,
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Vegas vampires in the 1970s faced an unforgettable foe - Chicago Tribune (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
This week's release of "Fright Night," a sharp-witted remake which brings vampires to modern-day Las Vegas in all its sunny horror, marks a fine time to celebrate the memory of Darren McGavin and one of his choicest roles. I refer to Carl Kolchak,
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BOOK REVIEW: 'Bossypants' - Washington Times
Google News - over 5 years
One such episode will remind readers of the father whom Darren McGavin plays in “A Christmas Story” as he tackles the family's dysfunctional furnace. Don Fey has a similar crazy confrontation with a carpet cleaner. For a famous television and film star
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DVD reviews: "Halloweentown," "Cinderella" - Reno Gazette Journal
Google News - over 5 years
The original show stars Darren McGavin as a mangy reporter pursuing stories about vampires, ghosts, doppelgangers and other supernatural creatures. And don't forget Simon Oakland as his exasperated editor. The three-disc set has all 20 episodes
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'The Complete Series' of the '50s Show Starring Darren McGavin Comes to DVD! - TVShowsOnDVD.com
Google News - over 5 years
Created by legendary crime novelist Mickey Spillane, Mike Hammer was brought to television for the first time in 1958, with Darren McGavin (A Christmas Story, Murphy Brown) as the hardboiled private eye. Pummeled for its "excessive and gratuitous
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A lot of chasing going on: 'Unknown,' 'Kiss Me Deadly' - VillageSoup Belfast (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Writer Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer character has fared much better on television, where he has been played by Darren McGavin and Stacey Keach, than on film, where he even once was played by Spillane. In this 1955 film noire, directed by Robert
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"Travelers"/"Owls" - A.V. Club (satire) (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
But by far the nicest, slyest thing about it is that the old man Dale is played by Darren McGavin. Now, McGavin, of course, was Kolchak in the series The Night Stalker, which was the most significant influence on Chris Carter's creation of The X-Files
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See JD Salinger's son play 'Captain America' -- if you dare! - Baltimore Sun (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
This "Captain America" co-stars Darren McGavin and half the lead cast of "Deliverance" -- Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty -- as well as Melinda Dillon, just a dozen or so years after "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." And, at least for the length of a
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Patriotic Potential: Captain America's History on Film - Moving Pictures Network
Google News - over 5 years
As with Pyun's other trash flicks such as “Cyborg,” “The Sword and the Sorcerer” and “Dollman,” inferior production values, poor writing and, despite the presence of reliable veterans Darren McGavin and Ned Beatty, terrible acting doom the film
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Gathering string on a quirky tale - Allentown Morning Call
Google News - over 5 years
I don't mind, really, because it lets me feel like Darren McGavin in "Kolchak: The Night Stalker." He played a reporter who investigated paranormal doings. The series didn't last long but its influence exceeded its longevity — it inspired "The X-Files
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Original 'Captain America' Movie Coming to DVD - Home Media Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
... recounts the Star-Spangled Avenger's origins during World War II, being frozen and returned in modern times to battle the Nazi agent Red Skull (Scott Paulin). Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, Darren McGavin, Michael Nouri, Melinda Dillon and Bill Mumy also star
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Hollywood underground - News 8 KFMB
Google News - over 5 years
Jayne Mansfield is here, and so is the Night Stalker Darren McGavin. And fashionistas can visit the final resting place of Mr. Blackwell. "Here we have Douglas Fairbanks Junior and Senior," Noelle said. And beyond it is the great Fairbanks Lawn
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Eastwood's 4th 'Rawhide' season gallops onto DVD - Deseret News
Google News - over 5 years
Other guests in this set include George Kennedy, Darren McGavin, Burgess Meredith, Ed Wynn, Shelley Berman, Ralph Bellamy and Billy Barty. "Hawthorne: The Complete Second Season" (Sony, 2010, three discs, $29.95). Jada Pinkett Smith is the chief
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10 films with kids banding together - AZ Central.com
Google News - over 5 years
Ralphie and his friends have a ball romping around in the 1940s, while almost all the adults are dolts played for comic effect (although Ralphie's dad, played by Darren McGavin, comes through in the end). Stanley (Shia LaBeouf) is wrongfully accused of
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Blu-ray Review: Billy Madison - Blogcritics.org (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
We're told that Billy's father, Brian Madison (Darren McGavin), paid off teachers and routinely cheated to get his son through school the first time. Now that the time has come for Brian to retire though, he realizes that Billy is unable to take the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Darren McGavin
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  • 2006
    Age 83
    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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  • 2005
    Age 82
    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.
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  • 1990
    Age 67
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A brief and unsuccessful remake of the Night Stalker TV series in 2005 starred Stuart Townsend.
  • 1984
    Age 61
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During the filming of The Natural, 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 because of it, the billing had to be decided. McGavin became somewhat fed up with the proceedings and instructed his agent to waive his billing in the credits entirely so they could get back to filming.
  • 1983
    Age 60
    In 1983, he starred as "Old Man Parker", the narrator's father, in the movie A Christmas Story.
    More Details Hide Details He portrayed a middle-class father in 1940s Hohman, Indiana, who was endearing in spite of his being comically oblivious to his own use of profanity and completely unable to recognize his unfortunate taste for kitsch. Blissfully unaware of his family's embarrassment by his behavior, he took pride in his self-assessed ability to fix anything in record time, and carried on a tireless campaign against his neighbor's rampaging bloodhounds. McGavin allegedly received a fee of $2 million to play the role, making him one of the highest-paid actors of the time.
  • FORTIES
  • 1972
    Age 49
    The first of his two best-known roles came in 1972, in the supernatural-themed TV movie The Night Stalker (1972).
    More Details Hide Details With McGavin playing a reporter who discovers the activities of a modern-day vampire on the loose in Las Vegas, the film became the highest-rated made-for-TV movie in history at that time; and when the sequel The Night Strangler (1973) also was a strong success, a subsequent television series Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974) was made. In the series, McGavin played Carl Kolchak, an investigative reporter for the INS, a Chicago-based news service, who regularly stumbles upon the supernatural or occult basis for a seemingly mundane crime; although his involvement routinely assisted in the dispelment of the otherworldly adversary, his evidence in the case was always destroyed or seized, usually by a public official or major social figure who sought to cover up the incident. He would write his ensuing stories in a sensational, tabloid style which advised readers that the true story was being withheld from them. McGavin and the cast were enthusiastic about the series. McGavin reportedly entered into a verbal agreement with Sid Sheinberg (President of MCA and Universal TV) to produce The Night Stalker as a TV series as a coproduction between Universal and McGavin's Taurean Productions. Early promises were never fulfilled, and McGavin expressed concern over script quality and lack of network commitment toward promoting the show. His concerns appeared justified, as the series drifted into camp humor and the production values declined in later episodes.
  • 1970
    Age 47
    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.
    More Details Hide Details McGavin was also known for his role as Sam Parkhill in the miniseries adaptation of The Martian Chronicles. He appeared as a fill-in regular in The Name of the Game in an episode entitled "Goodbye Harry" and was featured as a reporter in one of the Gene Barry segments.
  • 1969
    Age 46
    It ended in divorce in 1969, but produced four children: Bogart, York, Megan, and Graemm Bridget McGavin.
    More Details Hide Details The second was to Kathie Browne on December 31, 1969, ending with her death in 2003. McGavin was a lifelong active Democrat.
  • 1967
    Age 44
    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.
    More Details Hide Details When the comedy team Martin and Lewis broke up, McGavin played the role originally earmarked for Dean Martin in The Delicate Delinquent, Jerry Lewis's first solo film.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1955
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During this period, McGavin also appeared on the anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents in an episode titled "The Cheney Vase" as a scheming caretaker and aspiring art thief, opposite Carolyn Jones, Patricia Collinge, and Ruta Lee. Over the course of his career, McGavin starred in seven different TV series and guest-starred in many more; these television roles increased in the late 1950s and early 1960s with leading parts in series such as Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer and Riverboat. McGavin held a black belt in traditional Japanese karate and was noted for doing many of his own stunts and for the "enthusiasm" he put into some fight scenes, sometimes forgetting to pull his punches and "ad-libbing" moves.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1945
    Age 22
    Untrained as an actor, McGavin worked as a painter at Columbia Pictures movie studios in 1945.
    More Details Hide Details When an opening became available for a bit part in A Song to Remember, McGavin applied and won his first movie role. (He had spent a year at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.) Shortly afterwards, he moved to New York City and studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Actors Studio under teacher Sanford Meisner. He began working in live TV and on Broadway, including The Rainmaker (where he created the title role), The King and I, and Death of a Salesman.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1922
    Born
    Born on May 7, 1922.
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