Dick Sargent

Actor
Gangly actor with a nervous, anxious quality and a good sense of comedy, remembered for his work in TV comedies of the 1960s and early 70s, especially as the perennially frazzled spouse of nose-twitching wife-cum-witch ... Read more »
Born: 04/18/1930 in Carmel, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (33)

Stand-Up Comics Take a Stand! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Frame Up 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Murder By Numbers 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Twenty Dollar Star 1990 (Movie)

Lisa's Father (Actor)

Uneasy Lies the Crown 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Teen Witch 1989 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Body Count 1988 (Movie)

Charles Knight (Actor)

The Dukes of Hazzard 1978 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Yellow Rose 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

I'm Going to Be Famous 1981 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

Hardcore 1979 (Movie)

Wes DeJong (Actor)

Not Until Today 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Clonus Horror 1978 (Movie)

Dr Jameson (Actor)

Fools, Females and Fun: What About That One? 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Bewitched 1964 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Live a Little, Love a Little 1968 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell 1968 (Movie)

Capt Elwood Prohaska (Actor)

The Young Runaways 1968 (Movie)

Freddie (Actor)

Hazel 1961 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken 1965 (Movie)

Beckett (Actor)

Billie 1964 (Movie)

Matt Bullitt (Actor)

Fluffy 1964 (Movie)

Tommy (Actor)

Captain Newman, M.D. 1962 (Movie)

Lieutenant Alderson (Actor)

The Great Impostor 1960 (Movie)

Seaman Hotchkiss (Actor)

Bernardine 1957 (Movie)

Sanford Wilson (Actor)

Beast With 1,000,000 Eyes 1955 (Movie)

Larry Brewster (Actor)

Acting on Impulse (TV Show)

Actor

Brilliant Benjamin Boggs (TV Show)

Actor

Fantasy Island (TV Show)

Actor

Melvin Purvis: G-Man (TV Show)

Actor

The Gossip Columnist (TV Show)

Actor

The Power Within (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Gangly actor with a nervous, anxious quality and a good sense of comedy, remembered for his work in TV comedies of the 1960s and early 70s, especially as the perennially frazzled spouse of nose-twitching wife-cum-witch Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) on the popular sitcom "Bewitched". Sargent began appearing in light feature fare in the late 1950s including the teen comedy, "Bernardine" (1957) and the Pat Boone musical, "Mardi Gras" (1958). He sometimes played in dramas like "Captain Newman M.D." (1963) but more typically Sargent was cast in supporting roles in "That Touch of Mink" (1962), "Fluffy" (1965) and "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" (1966) as gawky small-towners, well-meaning but ineffectual types and comically tense businessmen.

Feature work picked up for Sargent during the 60s but some of his best-remembered work came in sitcoms during this time. "The Tammy Grimes Show" (1966) only lasted four episodes, but he played it likably straight on the "McHale's Navy" spin-off, "Broadside" (1964-65). "Bewitched" would guarantee Sargent his modest niche in popular memory. It is to his credit that his Darrin was an eminently suitable replacement given that the role had already been stamped so indelibly by Dick York, who left the series due to illness.

Now that he possessed that great TV actor asset-- recognizability--Sargent was able to keep busy in guest spots on a wide range of TV series, as well as in TV-movies including the pilot for "Fantasy Island" (1977), "The Gossip Columnist" (1980) and "Acting on Impulse" (1993). He also successfully returned to features, admittedly minor ones like "The Clonus Horror" (1979), but often with prominent roles. One of his most amusing feature roles was as the father of a "Teen Witch" in that 1989 film (which also featured a character named Serena, Samantha's naughty cousin in "Bewitched"). Late in life Sargent gained media attention in his 60s when, on 1991's National Coming Out Day, he announced that he was gay, and for the rest of his life was proud to be labeled a "retroactive role model".

Relationships

Elmer Cox

Father
served in WWI achieved rank of Colonel was later a business manager for a number of prominent film actors died of a massive stroke c. 1941

Ruth Cox

Mother
worked in silent film acted in the Rudolph Valentino starrer, "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (1921)

Edie Cox

Sister
older

Albert Williams

Companion
together from c. 1989 until Sargent's death born c. 1957

EDUCATION

Stanford University

Stanford , California
admitted in his later years that he tried to kill himself several times while in college

attended military school as a child; went on a crash diet in order to be expelled for health reasons

Milestones

1993

Last TV-movie, "Acting on Impulse"

1991

Publicly announced he was gay on "National Coming Out Day", partly in response to California governor Pete Wilson's decision to veto a gay rights bill

1991

Last films, "Frame Up" and "Twenty Dollar Star", both direct-to-video releases directed by Paul Leder

1989

Learned that he had prostate cancer

1988

Returned again to feature films for "Body Count"

1979

Returned to feature films with a role in Paul Schrader's "Hardcore"

1975

TV-movie debut, "Melvin Purvis: G-Man"

1968

Last feature film for over a decade, "Live a Little, Love a Little", starring Elvis Presley

1966

Played Terence Ward, twin brother of Tammy Ward, on short-lived (four episodes) ABC-TV sitcom, "The Tammy Grimes Show"

1964

Portrayed Lt. Maxwell Trotter on ABC sitcom spinoff of "McHale's Navy", "Broadside"

1961

Played meteorologist Dick Cooper on the NBC-TV situation comedy, "One Happy Family"

1960

Began to billed more regularly as Dick Sargent with his role in the feature, "The Great Imposter", starring Tony Curtis

1957

Played first prominent feature film role (billed as Richard Sargent) in "Bernardine"

Kept busy during the 1980s with mostly guest star spots on various TV series; included several appearances in recurring role of Sheriff Grady Byrd on the CBS comedy-adventure series, "The Dukes of Hazzard"

Played most prominent feature film roles in "The Clonus Horror" (1979) and "I'm Going to Be Famous" (1982); was top billed in the latter

Cast as a replacement for the ailing Dick York as Darrin Stephens on the popular ABC sitcom, "Bewitched"

Bonus Trivia

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"Realizing that revealing his homosexuality could wreck his career, (Sargent) posed with buxom actresses for magazine spreads and even added a phony failed marriage to his publicity bio." (from "People", 7/25/94)

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