Darren Mcgavin Biography (1922-)

Born May 7, 1922, in Spokane, WA (some sources say San Joaquin, CA); son of Reid Delano Richardson and Grace (Bogart) McGavin; married Melanie York (an actress), March 20, 1944 (divorced); married Katherine Browne (an actress), December 31, 1969; children: York, Megan, Bridget, Bogart. Career: Actor,director, writer, and producer. Chief executive, Taurean Films (S.A.), Tympanum Corporation. Member: Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America. Awards, Honors: Emmy Award for Murphy Brown. Addresses: Agent: Gersh Agency, 232 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210- 5302.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director, writer, producer
Birth Details
May 7, 1922
Spokane, Washington, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Lady Windermere's Fan, 1941
  • Judge Advocate, Liliom, Actors Lab, Hollywood, CA, 1945
  • Walk-on, The Old Lady Says No!, Mansfield Theatre, New York City,1948
  • Joe, Cock-a-Doodle-Doo, Lenox Hill Playhouse, New York City, 1949
  • Happy, Death of a Salesman, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1949
  • Heracles, The Thracian Horses, Brandeis University, 1951
  • Alfred, My Three Angels, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1953
  • Bill Starbuck, The Rainmaker, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1954
  • King, The King and I, St. Louis Municipal Opera, MO, 1955
  • Hal Carter, Picnic, Playhouse-in-the-Park, Philadelphia, PA, 1955
  • Matt Burke, Anna Christie (staged reading), Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1955
  • David McGregor, The Innkeepers, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1956
  • Chrysagon de la Crux, The Lovers, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1956
  • Dick Pepper, The Tunnel of Love, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1957
  • The wreck, Wonderful Town, U.S. Pavilion, Brussels World's Fair, Belgium, 1958
  • First Lieutenant Stanley Poole, Blood Sweat, and Stanley Poole, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1961
  • Joe Kelly, The Happiest Man Alive, Westport Country Playhouse, CT,1962
  • King, The King and I, New York State Theatre, New York City, 1964
  • Title role, Destry Rides Again, Meadowbrook Dinner Theatre, CederGrove, NJ, 1964
  • Charlie Bickle, Here Lies Jeremy Troy, Lakewood Theatre, Skowhegan, ME, 1965
  • Fairy Tale, Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1966
  • Larry Renault, Dinner at Eight, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1966
  • Title role, Captain Brassbound's Conversion, Ahmanson Theatre, LosAngeles, 1968
  • Vern, California Dog Fight, Manhattan Theatre Club at the New YorkCity Center, 1985
  • Gus Gilbert, The Night Hank Williams Died, Orpheum Theatre, 1989
  • Phil Gorski, Greetings, John Houseman Theatre, 1994
  • Major Tours
  • The Late Christopher Bean, U.S.O. Tour, 1946
  • Happy, Death of a Salesman, national tour, 1949-51
  • Professor Harold Hill, The Music Man, summer tour, 1962
  • Murray Burns, A Thousand Clowns, summer tour, 1964
  • Harry Roat, Jr., Wait Until Dark, winter tour, FL, 1967
  • Stage Director (except where indicated)
  • Co-Producer, Dark Legend, President Theatre, New York City, 1952
  • With Respect for Joey, Theatre Guild, New York City, 1957
  • The Happiest Man Alive, Westport Country Playhouse, CT, 1962
  • A Thousand Clowns, summer tour, 1964
  • Fairy Tale, Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto, 1966
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Tech Sargeant, A Song to Remember, Columbia, 1945
  • The Kid, Kiss and Tell, Columbia, 1945
  • She Wouldn't Say Yes, Columbia, 1945
  • Counter-Attack, Columbia, 1945
  • (Uncredited) Student, Fear, Monogram, 1946
  • Queen for a Day (also known as Horsie), United Artists, 1951
  • Eddie Jaeger, Summertime (also known as Summer Madness), United Artists, 1955
  • Russ Peters, The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell (also known as One Man Mutiny), Warner Bros., 1955
  • Louie, The Man with the Golden Arm, United Artists, 1955
  • Mike Damon, The Delicate Delinquent, Paramount, 1957
  • Charlie Hand, Beau James, Paramount, 1957
  • Pete Harris, The Case Against Brooklyn, Columbia, 1958
  • Sam Ward, Bullet for a Bad Man, Universal, 1964
  • Captain Benton, The Great Sioux Massacre (also known as The Great Sioux Raid and The Custer Massacre), Columbia, 1965
  • Mike Gregory, Ride the High Wind (also known as African Gold), Emerson, 1966
  • Colonel Mike Blaiswick, Mission: Mars, Associated Artists, 1968
  • Farrell, Mrs. Polifax-Spy, United Artists, 1971
  • The Petty Story, Rowland-Lasko, 1972
  • Pal Kovak, B Must Die, 1973
  • Happy Mother's Day, Love George (also known as Run, Stranger, Run), Cinema 5, 1973
  • Duke, No Deposit, No Return (also known as Double Trouble),Buena Vista, 1975
  • Carl Kolchak, Crackle of Death, Universal, 1976
  • Stan Buchek, Airport '77, Universal, 1977
  • Mayor Ragsdale, Hot Lead and Cold Feet, Walt Disney, 1978
  • Repo, 1980
  • Michael Nolan, Zero to Sixty, First Artists, 1980
  • Harry Forbes, Hanger 18 (also known as Invasion Force), SunClassic, 1980
  • Red, Firebird 2015 A.D., Brian Distributing Corporation, 1981
  • The Old Man, A Christmas Story, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1984
  • Gus Sands, The Natural, TriStar, 1984
  • Detective Kowalski, Turk 182!, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985
  • Shannon, Raw Deal (also known as Triple Identity), De Laurentiis, 1986
  • Craig Duncan, From the Hip, De Laurentis, 1987
  • Dr. Ernest McNab, Dead Heat, New World Pictures, 1988
  • General Fleming, Captain America, Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1990
  • Fergus, In the Name of Blood, 1990
  • Hank Dick, Blood and Concrete (also known as Blood and Concrete: A Love Story), IRS Releasing, 1991
  • Happy Hell Night, Quest Entertainment, 1992
  • Brian Madison, Billy Madison, Universal, 1995
  • Paddy, Still Waters Burn, San Jose Motion Pictures, 1998
  • Small Time (also known as Waiting for the Man), 1998
  • Film Work
  • Producer and director, Happy Mother's Day-Love, George (also knownas Run, Stranger, Run), Cinema V, 1973
  • Director, American Reunion, Darren McGavin Company, 1976
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Casey, Crime Photographer, CBS, 1951-52
  • Mike Hammer, Mike Hammer, (also known as Mickey Spillane's "Mike Hammer"), syndicated, 1957-59
  • Captain Grey Holden, Riverboat, NBC, 1959-61
  • David Ross, The Outsider, NBC, 1968-69
  • Carl Kolchak, Kolchak: The Night Stalker (also known as The Night Stalker), ABC, 1974-75
  • Nick Small, Small & Frye, CBS, 1983
  • Agent Arthur Dales, The X Files, Fox, 1998
  • "For the Love of Randi," Suspense, CBS, 1952
  • "The Witness," Goodyear Television Playhouse, NBC, 1952
  • "Better Than Walking," Goodyear Television Playhouse, NBC, 1952
  • "The Rainmaker," The Philco Television Playhouse, NBC, 1953
  • "An Affair with a Ghost," Suspense, CBS, 1954
  • Walter, "Night of the Heat Wave," Climax!, CBS, 1954
  • Red Hillman, "Triggers in Leash," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, CBS,1955
  • Lyle Endicott, "The Cheney Vase," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, CBS,1955
  • "Sunset Boulevard," Robert Montgomery Presents, NBC, 1956
  • Harrigan, "The Archangel Harrigan," The Alcoa Hour, NBC, 1956
  • "The Original Miss Chase," The Alcoa Hour, NBC, 1957
  • Jed Hadley, "The Sendoff," Rawhide, CBS, 1961
  • "Marriage Marks the Spot," The United States Steel Hour, 1962
  • Bob Hope Chrysler Theatre, NBC, 1963-64
  • "The Intruders," The Virginian, NBC, 1964
  • Lon Gorman, "The Hostage," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1965
  • Will Helmick, "Twenty Miles From Dodge," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1965
  • "The Diamond-Studded Pie," The Rogues, NBC, 1965
  • Joe Bascome, "Gunfighter, R.I.P," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1966
  • "Desperate Mission," Custer, ABC, 1967
  • J. Richard Taggart, "The Seal," Mission: Impossible, CBS, 1967
  • Viktor Karmak, "The Deadly Quest Affair," The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,NBC, 1967
  • "The Deadly Past," The Virginian, NBC, 1967
  • Jud Starr, "Legend of Jud Starr," Cimarron Strip, CBS, 1967
  • "Homecoming," Cade's County, CBS, 1971
  • Games People Play, NBC, 1980
  • Mad Buck, "Mad Buck Gibson," Magnum P.I., CBS, 1981
  • Philigree, "Gambit," Nero Wolfe, NBC, 1981
  • Van Conway, Tales from the Darkside, syndicated, 1985
  • "Nightshift," The Hitchhiker, HBO, 1986
  • "Voice from the Gallows," Worlds Beyond, Brent Walker, 1986
  • Bill Brown, "Brown Like Me," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1989
  • Bill Brown, "Brown Like Me: Part 2," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1989
  • "As of the Artist," Monsters, syndicated, 1989
  • Bill Brown, "Full Circle," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1991
  • Martin Tremaine, Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1991
  • Bill Brown, "I'm Dreaming of a Brown Christmas," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1992
  • "Shop 'Til You Drop," Civil Wars, ABC, 1992
  • Voice of G. F. Benton, Gargoyles, Buena Vista Television, 1994
  • Voice of Dominic Dracon, "The Silver Falcon," Gargoyles, Buena Vista Television, 1994
  • Judge (Greg), Sisters, NBC, 1994
  • Conrad Hill, "Who Killed the King of the Country Club?," Burke's Law, CBS, 1995
  • Old Man, "Fly Paper," Fallen Angels, Showtime, 1995
  • Dad, Grace Under Fire, ABC, 1995
  • Henry Black, "Midnight of the Century," Millennium, Fox, 1997
  • George Zarko, "Missing in Action," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1997
  • Pilots
  • David Ross, The Outsider, 1967
  • Banyon, NBC, 1971
  • The Rookies, ABC, 1972
  • Carl Kolchak, The Night Stalker, ABC, 1972
  • Carl Kolchak, The Night Strangler, ABC, 1973
  • Movies
  • Jim McCabe, The Challengers, CBS, 1970
  • Jacob Gallery, The Challenge, ABC, 1970
  • The Forty-Eight Hour Mile, 1970
  • Killian, The Berlin Affair, C. C. C. Studios, 1970
  • Tribes (also known as The Soldier Who Declared Peace), Fox,1970
  • The Death of Me Yet, ABC, 1971
  • Paul Worden, Something Evil, Primetime Entertainment, 1972
  • Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole, ABC, 1972
  • Oliver Spencer, The Six Million Dollar Man (also known as Cyborg: The Six Million Dollar Man), ABC, 1973
  • Law and Order, 1976
  • James McNally, Brinks: The Great Robbery, Quinn Martin Productions, 1976
  • The Users, 1978
  • Ike: The War Years, 1978
  • Coach John Martin, Love for Rent, 1979
  • Donovan's Kid, 1979
  • Waikiki, 1980
  • The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D., 1984
  • The Baron and the Kid, CBS, 1984
  • Dr. Gerrit Koets, My Wicked, Wicked Ways, CBS, 1985
  • A. D. Nathan, Power, Passion and Murder, Zenith Productions, 1987
  • Chief Walter Vadney, The Diamond Trap, CBS, 1988
  • E. K. Hornbeck, Inherit the Wind, NBC, 1988
  • Condor, By Dawn's Early Light, HBO, 1990
  • Os Winfield, Child in the Night, CBS, 1990
  • Leonard Wainwright, It's Always Something, ABC, 1990
  • Roland Hobbs, Perfect Harmony, The Disney Channel, 1991
  • Senator Folsom Bunting, Mastergate, Showtime, 1992
  • Older Arthur Huntington, The American Clock (also known as Arthur Miller's "The American Clock"), TNT, 1993
  • John Henry Phillips, A Perfect Stranger (also known as DanielleSteel's "A Perfect Stranger"), NBC, 1994
  • Terry Boyle, The Commish: Father Image, ABC, 1995
  • Lester Corbett, Derby, ABC, 1995
  • Buzzy Tubman Sr., Fudge-a-Mania, ABC, 1995
  • Specials
  • A. D. Nathan, A Table at Ciro's, 1987
  • Host, Unclaimed Fortunes, ABC, 1989
  • Host, Unclaimed Fortunes II, ABC, 1990
  • Albert Kroll, Clara, Arts and Entertainment, 1991
  • Host, Miracles and Other Wonders, CBS, 1992
  • Host, The Incredible Discovery of Noah's Ark, CBS, 1993
  • Host, Miracles and Other Wonders, CBS, 1993
  • Host, Mysteries of the Ancient World, CBS, 1994
  • Miniseries
  • General George S. Patton, Ike, 1979
  • Sam Parkhill, The Martian Chronicles, Charles Fries Productions, 1980
  • Mr. Mudge, Around the World in 80 Days, NBC, 1989
  • Television Director
  • Episodic
  • "Cousin Casey," Buckskin, NBC, 1959
  • "Sally's Old Beau," Buckskin, NBC, 1959
  • "Diamonds Ahead," Riverboat, NBC, 1960
  • "Queen of Spades," Death Valley Days, syndicated, 1960
  • RECORDINGS
  • Taped Readings
  • The Deep Blue Good-By, Random, 1995
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • American Reunion, Darren McGavin Company, 1976

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals:
    • Back Stage, December 17, 1993, .*

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