Darren McGavin

Actor, Director, Producer
A popular character actor whose talent and charm frequently brought him leading man roles, Darren McGavin was one of the more beloved familiar faces on television. After a turbulent youth, McGavin inadvertently turned ... Read more »
Born: 05/07/1922 in Spokane, Washington, USA

Filmography

Actor (104)

The Outsider 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

Pros & Cons 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Christmas Movies 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1989 - 1992, 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Burke's Law 1989 - 1992, 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Civil Wars 1989 - 1992, 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Millennium 1989 - 1992, 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1989 - 1992, 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1989 - 1992, 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Small Time 1997 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Still Waters Burn 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fallen Angels 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grace Under Fire 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murphy Brown 1989 - 1992, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sisters 1989 - 1992, 1994 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Commish: Father Image 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Billy Madison 1995 (Movie)

Brian Madison (Actor)

Danielle Steel's 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Derby 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Mastergate 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Miracles and Other Wonders 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Miracles and Other Wonders 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Miracles and Other Wonders 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Blood and Concrete - A Love Story 1991 (Movie)

Hank Dick (Actor)

Clara 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Hell Night 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Captain America 1990 (Movie)

General Fleming (Actor)

It's Always Something 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Unclaimed Fortunes II 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Name of Blood 1989 (Movie)

Fergus (Actor)

Unclaimed Fortunes 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Table at Ciro's 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Heat 1988 (Movie)

Dr Ernest McNab (Actor)

Inherit the Wind 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Day to Day 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

From the Hip 1987 (Movie)

Craig Duncan (Actor)

Raw Deal 1986 (Movie)

Harry Shannon (Actor)

Turk 182 1985 (Movie)

Detective Kowalski (Actor)

The Natural 1984 (Movie)

Gambler (Actor)

The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

A Christmas Story 1983 (Movie)

Old Man (Actor)

Small and Frye 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Hangar 18 1980 (Movie)

Harry Forbes (Actor)

Love For Rent 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Martian Chronicles 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Ike 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Not Until Today 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Hot Lead and Cold Feet 1978 (Movie)

Mayor Ragsdale (Actor)

Zero to Sixty 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

Airport 77 1976 (Movie)

Buchek (Actor)

Law and Order 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

No Deposit, No Return 1976 (Movie)

Duke (Actor)

Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Father On Trial 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Six-Million-Dollar Man 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Something Evil 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night Stalker 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rookies 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

43, the Petty Story 1971 (Movie)

Lee Petty (Actor)

Banyon 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Pollifax - Spy 1971 (Movie)

Johnny Farrell (Actor)

Tribes 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Challenge 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Challengers 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outsider 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outsider 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Sioux Massacre 1965 (Movie)

Captain Benton (Actor)

Man Against Crime 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Beau James 1957 (Movie)

Charley Hand (Actor)

The Alcoa Hour 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

The Delicate Delinquent 1957 (Movie)

Mike Damon (Actor)

Summertime 1955 (Movie)

Eddie Jaeger (Actor)

The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell 1955 (Movie)

Russ Peters (Actor)

The Man With the Golden Arm 1955 (Movie)

Louie (Actor)

Revlon Mirror Theater 1952 - 1954 (TV Show)

Actor

Crime Photographer 1950 - 1952 (TV Show)

Actor

Old Knickerbocker Music Hall 1948 - 1949 (TV Show)

Actor

The Times Square Story 1948 - 1949 (TV Show)

Actor

Around the World in 80 Days (TV Show)

Actor

Berlin Affair (TV Show)

Actor

Brink's: The Great Robbery (TV Show)

Actor

Bullet for a Badman (Movie)

Sam Ward (Actor)

By Dawn's Early Light (TV Show)

Actor

Child in the Night (TV Show)

Actor

Derby (Movie)

Lester Corbett (Actor)

Donovan's Kid (TV Show)

Actor

Fudge-A-Mania (TV Show)

Actor

Gargoyles (TV Show)

Voice

Kiss and Tell (Movie)

Technical Sergeant (Actor)

Perfect Harmony (TV Show)

Actor

Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (TV Show)

Actor

The Baron and the Kid (TV Show)

Actor

The Death of Me Yet (TV Show)

Actor

The Diamond Trap (TV Show)

Actor

The Martian Chronicles (Movie)

(Actor)

The Night Strangler (TV Show)

Actor

The Users (TV Show)

Actor

The Web (TV Show)

Actor

Tribes (Movie)

Sgt. Drake (Actor)

Waikiki (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Happy Mother's Day... Love, George 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A popular character actor whose talent and charm frequently brought him leading man roles, Darren McGavin was one of the more beloved familiar faces on television. After a turbulent youth, McGavin inadvertently turned to acting and after notable work on stage and television, began making appearances alongside some of film's biggest names like Frank Sinatra "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1955) and Jerry Lewis in "The Delicate Delinquent" (1957). With his rugged good looks and streetwise charisma, McGavin was the perfect choice to play pulp novelist Mickey Spillane's skirt-chasing, hard-living private eye in "Mike Hammer" (syndicated, 1986-59). But it was McGavin's role as the tenacious reporter of the macabre, Carl Kolchak, in the made-for-TV horror movie "The Night Stalker" (ABC, 1972) that would forever endear him to an entire generation of young television viewers. When it became ABC's highest-rated TV movie ever at the time, a sequel and a weekly series, "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" (ABC, 1973-74), were quickly put into production. A decade later, McGavin delivered his second indelible character when he played the curmudgeonly yet loving father of Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) in the perennial holiday classic, "A Christmas Story" (1983). So influential was the character of Kolchak in the creation of "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002), that series creator Chris Carter later cast McGavin in a pair of episodes. Blessed with impeccable timing and personality plus, McGavin elevated the quality of each and every project on his impressive résumé.

Relationships

Reid Delano Richardson McGavin

Father

Grace McGavin

Mother

Bridget McGavin

Daughter

Megan McGavin

Daughter

Bogart McGavin

Son

York McGavin

Son

Katherine Browne

Wife
married on December 31, 1969

Melanie York

Wife
married on March 20, 1944 divorced

EDUCATION

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York, New York

Actors Studio

New York, New York

College of Pacific

Stockton, California 1941
dropped out after one year to pursue acting career

Milestones

1998

Made guest appearance on "The X-Files" (Fox)

1995

Played father to Adam Sandler in "Billy Madison"

1994

Hosted first of several "Mysteries of the Ancient World" specials (CBS)

1994

Did voice work for animated "Gargoyles" syndicated series

1989

Hosted first of several "Unclaimed Fortunes" specials (ABC)

1989

Made first of several appearances as father of "Murphy Brown" (CBS)

1985

Returned to the New York stage after 20 year absence in "California Dog Fight"

1983

Tried sitcoms with "Small & Frye" (CBS)

1983

Played the father in "A Christmas Story"

1973

Directed and produced feature film "Happy Mother's Day, Love George"

1972

First played Kolchak in the ABC TV-moive pilot "The Night Stalker"

1967

TV-movie debut, "The Outsider" (NBC)

1959

First directed for TV with episodes of "Bucksin"

1957

First directed for the New York stage, "Respect for Joey"

1955

Had breakthrough feature film roles in "Summertime" and "The Man With the Golden Arm"

1951

Made TV series debut as "Crime Photographer" (CBS)

1949

Played Happy in Broadway production of "Death of a Salesman"

1948

New York stage debut in "The Old Lady Says No!"

1944

Film debut in "A Song to Remember"

1944

Professional acting debut in "Liliom" for the Actors Lab in Hollywood

Starred in TV series "Riverboat" (NBC)

Starred as "Kolchak, the Night Stalker" (ABC)

Starred in TV series spin-off of "The Outsider" (NBC)

Starred as "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer" (syndicated)

SIMILAR ARTICLES