Darren McGavin - biography

Actor from United States of America

Darren McGavin Darren McGavin (May 7, 1922 – February 25, 2006) was an American actor best known for playing the title role in the television horror series Kolchak: The Night Stalker and his portrayal in the film A Christmas Story of the grumpy father given to bursts of profanity that he never realizes his son overhears. He appeared as the tough-talking, funny detective in the 1950s television series Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer. From 1959-1961, McGavin starred in the NBC western series Riverboat, first with Burt Reynolds and then with Noah Beery, Jr., and in later years, he had a recurring role in the sitcom Murphy Brown, as the title character's father, for which he received an Emmy Award. McGavin was born William Lyle Richardson in Spokane, Washington, a son of Grace Watson (née Bogart) and Reed Daniel Richardson. He graduated from Puyallup High School. In magazine interviews in the 1960s, he said his parents divorced when he was very young. His father, not knowing what else to do, put him in an orphanage at the age of 11. McGavin began to run away, sleeping on the docks and in warehouses. He lived in three orphanages. The last was the Dyslin Boys Ranch in Pierce County, Washington, a boys'  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Darven McGavin,W. Lyle Richardson,darren_mcgavin,William Lyle Richardson
Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America
Grace Bogart, Reed Delano Richardson
Bridget Richardson Megan Richardson Bogart Richardson York Richardson
Actor, Television Director, Television Producer


Institution From To
The Actors Studio
Neighborhood Playhouse


Year Performance Character
1999 Pros & Cons
1994 Danielle Steel's A Perfect Stranger
1992 The Incredible Discovery of Noah's Ark
1991 Perfect Harmony
1990 By Dawn's Early Light
1990 Captain America General Fleming
1990 Child in the Night
1985 Turk 182!
1984 The Baron and the Kid
1978 Hot Lead and Cold Feet
1978 Zero to Sixty
1976 No Deposit, No Return
1973 The Night Strangler Carl Kolchak
1970 Tribes
1970 The Challenge
1958 The Case Against Brooklyn
1955 A Word to the Wives


Date of death
Cause of death
Natural causes
Place of death
Los Angeles

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