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Posted: 2/25/2006 6:16:09 PM EDT



www.darrenmcgavin.net/

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Darren McGavin at approximately 7:10 A.M. Pacific time today, Saturday 25, 2006.

Darren was just three months short of his 84th birthday. While we suspect none of us can imagine a world without the beloved, feisty little red-head, it is time to reflect, give thanks for his life and hold in reverence his memory.

Darren is gone, but in many respects he will always be with us: as Carl Kolchak, fighting authority and battling monsters; the grumpy Old Man sending curses over Lake Michigan; as David Ross, the outsider, Grey Holden, captain of the Enterprise, the irascible detective Mike Hammer or any number of memorable guest star appearances, most notably as Joe Bascome on GUNSMOKE and as the washed-up old actor from "Distant Signals."

Please take a moment in your sadness to reflect upon all the ways Darren touched your lives, say a prayer and raise a glass to toast a career which spanned over fifty years and affected us all in ways too numerous to count.
S. L. Kotar and J. E. Gessler


He was great as Kolchak and as Ralphie's dad.

"Frah-GEE-lay... hmm, must be Italian."


Link Posted: 2/25/2006 6:16:45 PM EDT


He was great in A Christmas Story.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 6:18:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By roboman:


He was great in A Christmas Story.


Was he the dad?
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 6:18:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:

Originally Posted By roboman:


He was great in A Christmas Story.


Was he the dad?



Yep.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 6:19:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Macallan:


www.darrenmcgavin.net/

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Darren McGavin at approximately 7:10 A.M. Pacific time today, Saturday 25, 2006.

Darren was just three months short of his 84th birthday. While we suspect none of us can imagine a world without the beloved, feisty little red-head, it is time to reflect, give thanks for his life and hold in reverence his memory.

Darren is gone, but in many respects he will always be with us: as Carl Kolchak, fighting authority and battling monsters; the grumpy Old Man sending curses over Lake Michigan; as David Ross, the outsider, Grey Holden, captain of the Enterprise, the irascible detective Mike Hammer or any number of memorable guest star appearances, most notably as Joe Bascome on GUNSMOKE and as the washed-up old actor from "Distant Signals."

Please take a moment in your sadness to reflect upon all the ways Darren touched your lives, say a prayer and raise a glass to toast a career which spanned over fifty years and affected us all in ways too numerous to count.
S. L. Kotar and J. E. Gessler


He was great as Kolchak and as Ralphie's dad.

"Frah-GEE-lay... hmm, must be Italian."






I never heard of him, nor would I know whom I was looking at.

I am, however, sad that someone lost a loved one.

Link Posted: 2/25/2006 6:19:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By roboman:

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:

Originally Posted By roboman:


He was great in A Christmas Story.


Was he the dad?


Yep.


Oh.

Link Posted: 2/25/2006 6:20:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/25/2006 6:21:21 PM EDT by TodaysTomSawyer]
RIP Mr. McGavin

Two good guys today...

ETA - I rarely missed The Night Stalker when it was on.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 6:22:05 PM EDT
Damn.

A Christmas Story is one of the funniest movies ever, and alot of that is due to Darren's protrayl of Dad.

"My Dad worked in profanity the way other artists might work in oils...it was his true medium, a master"

A Man after my own potty-mouthed heart.

SG
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 6:26:16 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 6:27:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By roboman:

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:

Originally Posted By roboman:


He was great in A Christmas Story.


Was he the dad?



Yep.



Damn
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 6:28:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ScaryGuy:
Damn.

A Christmas Story is one of the funniest movies ever, and alot of that is due to Darren's protrayl of Dad.

"My Dad worked in profanity the way other artists might work in oils...it was his true medium, a master"

A Man after my own potty-mouthed heart.

SG


"A Christmas Story" Trivia:

Jack Nicholson was originally intended to play the part of Ralphie's father. It just wouldn't have been the same.

Link Posted: 2/25/2006 6:32:26 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 6:33:07 PM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Macallan:

Originally Posted By ScaryGuy:
Damn.

A Christmas Story is one of the funniest movies ever, and alot of that is due to Darren's protrayl of Dad.

"My Dad worked in profanity the way other artists might work in oils...it was his true medium, a master"

A Man after my own potty-mouthed heart.

SG


"A Christmas Story" Trivia:

Jack Nicholson was originally intended to play the part of Ralphie's father. It just wouldn't have been the same.




Absolutely.

SG
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 6:34:26 PM EDT
Okay, that's Number Two...

What celebrity will be #3?
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 8:00:55 PM EDT
Damn. Darren McGavin was an awesome character actor.

As a 14 year old kid growing up in the mid-70's, The Night Stalker was the shiznit. I used to love watching him make Simon Oakland blow a gasket every week. I think Simon fired and re-hired him about every third episode. It was a sad day for me when the show was cancelled.

For those of you too young to have seen the show it was kind of the X-files of the mid-70's.

I saw a few re-runs of the show recently and it was pretty cheesy. Course with current societal trends today, a lot of TV shows from 30 years ago seem pretty cheesy.

Cheers Karl. Rest in peace!

Link Posted: 2/25/2006 8:05:43 PM EDT
"You...used...all the glue...ON PURPOSE!!!!!."

I use that one on my wife all the time.

I loved the "Night Stalker" when I was a kid.

RIP
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 8:06:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TRW:
For those of you too young to have seen the show it was kind of the X-files of the mid-70's.



One of the best X-Files was the one with Darrin McGavin.

Kolchak was the inspiration for the successful 1993 series The X-Files (The X-Files: the x-files was a popular 1990s american science fiction television series created, and—because of this—McGavin was asked to play the role of Arthur Dales, the man who started the X-Files, in three episodes.

Season 5's Travelers, and two episodes from Season 6, Agua Mala and The Unnatural.

Unfortunately, failing health forced him to withdraw from the latter, and the script—written and directed by series star David Duchovny (David Duchovny: more facts about this subject) —was rewritten to feature M. Emmet Walsh as Dales' brother, also called Arthur.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 8:09:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/25/2006 8:13:58 PM EDT by DienBienPhu54]
remember the movie "TRIBES" ?





about a Marine Corps DI and hippie draftee during the Vietnam era
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 8:12:51 PM EDT


Wow, him and Don Knotts, both today.


Darren McGavin was great as Lee Petty in "43: The Richard Petty Story."

Link Posted: 2/25/2006 8:15:03 PM EDT
Damn
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 8:15:46 PM EDT
He also played in a movie about two guys fighting a war for their countries. Mako, was the other star. I'll be damned if i can remember the name of the movie tho.

He was a good guy...good actor.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 8:17:25 PM EDT
Wow this sucks, we are running out of good actors.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 8:17:46 PM EDT
Man, I always liked him. Loved him in A Christmas Story, and he also played Brian Madison, Billy's dad in Billy Madison.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 8:19:32 PM EDT
I was going to post his IMDB credits page but it's too damn long! 173 movie and tv roles!
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 8:19:48 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 8:21:29 PM EDT
They are dropping like flies!
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 8:24:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/25/2006 8:24:52 PM EDT by Mr-H]
Wow . . . Another great actor. RIP Darren.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 8:26:13 PM EDT
Never missed the Night Stalker as a kid. Even took my tape recorder (before vcrs in every home) and recorded the episodes. I still have the audio from "Chopper" and other episodes memorized enough to know that the Sci-Fi channel butchered some of the scenes to play extra commercials.

I heard the DVDs are out, but Universal didn't put much into restoring this classic.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 8:26:40 PM EDT
Damn A Christmas Story is a Holiday Ritual at our house!

RIP, may every room in heaven have a "Major Award" lamp for you!
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 8:32:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By rainman:
He also played in a movie about two guys fighting a war for their countries. Mako, was the other star. I'll be damned if i can remember the name of the movie tho.

He was a good guy...good actor.



movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/movie.html?v_id=130127

that movie was called "THE CHALLENGE"
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 8:42:48 PM EDT
RIP, who couldn't love "A Christmas Story". Don Knotts today too? Damn

--VT
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 8:44:06 PM EDT
BUMPESES!!

Played a great part in A Christmas Story!
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 9:04:08 PM EDT
"I told you not to use life-boy"

Link Posted: 2/25/2006 9:08:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AyeGuy:
Okay, that's Number Two...

What celebrity will be #3?



Curt Gowdy died on Monday, so that makes three.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 9:10:41 PM EDT
R.I.P. Darren McGavin. He was a great actor.

______________________



Link Posted: 2/25/2006 9:56:51 PM EDT
What is the guy's name that died about a week ago, that had played some gangster roles on the Sopranos and in one or two of The Godfather movies?
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 10:48:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Seneca-Cayuga:
What is the guy's name that died about a week ago, that had played some gangster roles on the Sopranos and in one or two of The Godfather movies?



Richard Bright, a character actor who appeared in all three "Godfather" movies and more recently on "The Sopranos," was struck and killed by a bus, police said.

Bright, 68, was hit by a private Academy Bus as he crossed the street at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday in his Manhattan neighborhood, police Detective Bernard Gifford said.

Link Posted: 2/25/2006 11:48:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TRW:
Damn. Darren McGavin was an awesome character actor.

As a 14 year old kid growing up in the mid-70's, The Night Stalker was the shiznit. I used to love watching him make Simon Oakland blow a gasket every week. I think Simon fired and re-hired him about every third episode. It was a sad day for me when the show was cancelled.

For those of you too young to have seen the show it was kind of the X-files of the mid-70's.

I saw a few re-runs of the show recently and it was pretty cheesy. Course with current societal trends today, a lot of TV shows from 30 years ago seem pretty cheesy.

Cheers Karl. Rest in peace!




I'm with ya, bro. I was 14 in 1975-1976. I loved that show.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 11:51:31 PM EDT
I loved that guy.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 12:26:37 AM EDT
Watched Night Stalker every week too!
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 7:14:50 AM EDT
You, too, can have a Major Award.
www.redriderleglamps.com/
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 7:36:01 PM EDT
RIP Darren.

I used to love "The Night Stalker" and "A Christmas Story" is one of my favorite movies.

Mr. McGavin made the world a better place.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 11:47:45 PM EDT
Darrin Mcgavin and Don Knotts were two of my favorite actors growing up. I hate to see the older generation pass away.

No one in todays acting circles could ever replace them.

I just acquired the Night Stalker dvd series, it brought back good memories.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 12:15:32 AM EDT
RIP.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 12:33:16 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 5:47:37 AM EDT
Lived for The Night Stalker!
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 6:23:55 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/27/2006 6:25:10 AM EDT by xinflt]

Originally Posted By roboman:


He was great in A Christmas Story.



My favorite line.

It's a Klinker!

Link Posted: 2/27/2006 6:37:41 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/27/2006 6:38:31 AM EDT by PAEBR332]

Originally Posted By xinflt:

Originally Posted By roboman:


He was great in A Christmas Story.



My favorite line.

It's a Klinker!




But how many here actually know what a klinker (or clinker) is? (No Googling).

RIP Darren.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 6:42:48 AM EDT
Goddamnit.. I'm gettin' old........
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