Gardner McKay

Playwright, Author, Critic
Gardner McKay was an actor who graced the silver screen many times throughout his Hollywood career. He spent 18 month traveling throughout Egypt and Libya. In 1973, he co-directed a TV adaptation of the play "Untold ... Read more »
Born: 06/10/1932 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (4)

I Sailed to Tahiti With an All Girl Crew 1969 (Movie)

Gardner (Actor)

The Pleasure Seekers 1963 (Movie)

Pete Stenello (Actor)

Holiday For Lovers 1958 (Movie)

GI (Actor)

Raintree County 1957 (Movie)

Bearded Soldier (Actor)
Writer (1)

Journey Inside Tibet 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Gardner McKay was an actor who graced the silver screen many times throughout his Hollywood career. He spent 18 month traveling throughout Egypt and Libya. In 1973, he co-directed a TV adaptation of the play "Untold Damage," starring Geraldine Fitzgerald and Richard Dreyfuss. He spent part of his formative years in Europe (Paris, Madrid, Rome and Florence). In 1995, he began a weekly program on Hawaii Public Radio, reading from his own fiction. In 1957, he co-starred in the syndicated Western series "Boots and Saddles: The Story of the Fifth Cavalry." McKay started off his career in film with roles in the Montgomery Clift dramatic adaptation "Raintree County" (1957) and the Clifton Webb comedy adaptation "Holiday For Lovers" (1959). McKay also appeared in "The Pleasure Seekers" (1964), "I Sailed to Tahiti With an All Girl Crew" (1969) and "Sea Marks" (PBS, 1975-76). Later in his career, McKay appeared on the documentary "Journey Inside Tibet" (1999) with Paul Horn. McKay passed away in November 2001 at the age of 69.

Relationships

Catherine McKay

Mother

Tristan Gardner Lebaile McKay

Son
survived him

Hugh Deane McKay Jr

Brother
survived him

Madeleine Madigan

Wife
born c. 1953 had daughter from previous relationship met in 1980 married in 1984 survived him

Hugh McKay

Father
died in the 1950s

Liza Petree

Step-Daughter
born c. 1973 survived him

Cheyenne Petree

Granddaughter
survived him

EDUCATION

Cornell University

Ithaca , New York
dropped out after two years when his father died

reportedly attended more than a dozen schools in Europe

Milestones

1995

Began a weekly program on Hawaii Public Radio, reading from his own fiction

1976

PBS broadcast an adaptation of his play "Sea Marks"

1974

Had perhaps his biggest stage success as a playwright with "Sea Marks"

1973

Co-directed a TV adaptation of the play "Untold Damage," starring Geraldine Fitzgerald and Richard Dreyfuss

1968

Last film, "I Sailed to Tahiti with an All-Girl Crew"

1964

Appeared in "The Pleasure Seekers"

1962

Offered the starring role opposite Marilyn Monroe in "Something's Got to Give"; he turned down the part and quit acting

1959

Became a TV star as Capt. Adam Troy on "Adventures in Paradise" (ABC)

1957

Co-starred in the syndicated Western series "Boots and Saddles: The Story of the Fifth Cavalry"

1957

Made an uncredited appearance in "Raintree County"

1956

While returning from Paris with Suzy Parker on the ocean liner 'Ile de France', ship stopped to pick up survivors of the Andrea Doria wreck; McKay took photographs which were widely syndicated

At an exhibition of his sculpture, spotted by photographer Richard Avedon who convinced him to appear in a photo shoot with model Suzy Parker

Taught playwrighting at UCLA and at schools in Alaska and Hawaii

Spent 18 month traveling throughout Egypt and Libya

Spent part of his formative years in Europe (Paris, Madrid, Rome and Florence)

After leaving college, moved to NYC's Greenwich Village and worked as a writer and sculptor

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