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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Darren McGavin, Dies at 83

Darren McGavin was painting a movie set in 1945 when he learned of an opening for a small role in the show, climbed off his ladder, and returned through Columbia's front gates to land the part.

The husky, tough-talking performer went on to become one of the busiest actors in television and film, starring in five TV series, including "Mike Hammer," and endearing holiday audiences with his role as the grouchy dad in the 1983 comedy classic "A Christmas Story."

McGavin, 83, died Saturday of natural causes at a Los Angeles-area hospital with his family at his side, said his son Bogart McGavin.

McGavin also had leading roles in TV's "Riverboat" and cult favorite "Kolchak: The Night Stalker." (Shown Here). Among his memorable portrayals was U.S. Army Gen. George Patton in the 1979 TV biography "Ike."

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At 6:36 AM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

What a rough week, Don Knotts, Dennis Weaver and Darren McGavin...not a good week for the letter 'D' either.

Darren's performance in A Christmas Story makes us laugh every year and will do so for years to come. And we love the Night Stalker series!


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