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Darren McGavin is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 7 may 1922 at Spokane (USA)

Darren McGavin

Darren McGavin
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Birth name William Lyle Richardson
Nationality USA
Birth 7 may 1922 at Spokane (USA)
Death 25 february 2006 (at 83 years) at Los Angeles (USA)
Awards Emmy Award

Darren McGavin (May 7, 1922 – February 25, 2006) was an American actor best known for his portrayal of the grumpy father in the film A Christmas Story, and for the title role in the television horror series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. He appeared as the title character 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 married twice. The first was to Melanie York on March 20, 1944. It ended in divorce in 1969, but produced four children: Bogart, York, Megan, and Graemm Bridget McGavin. The second was to Kathie Browne on December 31, 1969, ending with her death in 2003.

McGavin was a lifelong active Democrat.

McGavin died on February 25, 2006, at the age of 83 of cardiovascular disease in a Los Angeles hospital, one day after his co-star from No Deposit, No Return, Don Knotts. He is buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Best films

Billy Madison (1995)
Raw Deal (1986)

Usually with

Bob Clark
Bob Clark
(3 films)
Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
(2 films)
Paul Baxley
Paul Baxley
(4 films)
Kathie Browne
Kathie Browne
(3 films)
Monica Lewis
Monica Lewis
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Darren McGavin (44 films)

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Pros & Cons, 1h44
Genres Drama, Comedy, Crime
Themes Prison films
Actors Tommy Davidson, Larry Miller, Delroy Lindo, Jerry Seinfeld, Dennis Dun, Julie Warner
Roles Mr. Stanford
Rating51% 2.5612052.5612052.5612052.5612052.561205
Miller plays Ben Babbitt, an accountant who is imprisoned for financial crimes. Davidson plays his cellmate Ron Carter. Ben is endeared to Kyle, a powerful prisoner who convinces Ben to use his computer expertise to help them escape from prison.
Billy Madison, 1h29
Directed by Tamra Davis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about education
Actors Adam Sandler, Bradley Whitford, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Norm Macdonald, Darren McGavin, Josh Mostel
Roles Brian Madison
Rating62% 3.149493.149493.149493.149493.14949
Billy Madison is the 27-year-old heir to a Fortune 500 hotel company that his father, Brian, has created. He spends his days drinking with friends and creating disturbances across his father's estate. One day, Billy ruins a dinner meeting between his father and his associates by acting obnoxiously. Brian loses confidence in his son and chooses the conniving Eric Gordon as his successor. When Billy begs his father to reconsider his decision, Brian reveals that he secretly bribed Billy's school teachers to give him passing grades. The two finally compromise: Billy must complete all 12 grades in two week intervals to prove he is competent enough to manage the company.
A Perfect Stranger, 1h45
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Robert Urich, Stacy Haiduk, Darren McGavin, Susan Sullivan, Holly Marie Combs, Marion Ross
Roles John Henry Phillips
Rating60% 3.0453453.0453453.0453453.0453453.045345
Robert Urich is a lawyer who's fallen in love with a woman who's married to a dying millionaire and the whole story results in a love triangle.
Happy Hell Night, 1h27
Origin Canada
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Sam Rockwell, Frank John Hughes, Darren McGavin, Jorja Fox, Irfan Mensur, Janez Vrhovec
Roles Henry Collins
Rating48% 2.4082452.4082452.4082452.4082452.408245
Il y a 25 ans au Winfield College, le psycho-prêtre Zachary Malius a assassiné sept petits garçons et a été placé à l'asile local. Maintenant, cependant, la même fraternité organise une farce dont Malius est libéré par inadvertance et retourne à la maison pour répéter son crime.
Perfect Harmony, 1h33
Directed by Will Mackenzie
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Justin Whalin, Eugene Byrd, Darren McGavin, Peter Scolari, Catherine Mary Stewart, Moses Gunn
Roles Mr. Hobbs
Rating72% 3.6293753.6293753.6293753.6293753.629375
In 1959, a new teacher named Derek Sanders becomes the new choirmaster for Blanton Academy, a prestigious but all-white private school in South Carolina. Mr. Sanders tries to reduce some of the prejudice and hostility of some of the students in his choir. Paul, a bully who feels he should be lead boy, is the worst offender. Taylor Bradshaw, on the other hand, is impressed by the music of Landy Allen, an African-American boy and grandson of Zeke, the school caretaker. Taylor begins to explore the music and lives of the African-American people who live in Rivertown, despite knowing that it could get him expelled or rejected. Sanders is also impressed by Landy's abilities and attempts to get him involved with the choir. A tragedy in the community brings the race issue to a head.
Captain America, 1h37
Directed by Albert Pyun
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, War, Action, Adventure
Themes Politique, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics
Actors Matt Salinger, Ronny Cox, Scott Paulin, Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin, Francesca Neri
Roles General Fleming
Rating32% 1.6179251.6179251.6179251.6179251.617925
In 1936 Fascist Italy, the government kidnaps a boy, Tadzio de Santis (Massimilio Massimi), and kills his family. The child is needed for an experimental project to create a Fascist supersoldier. Dr. Maria Vaselli (Carla Cassola) objects to using Tadzio, and, under the cover of gunfire, flees to the United States to offer her services to the Americans.
By Dawn's Early Light, 1h40
Directed by Jack Sholder
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Films based on science fiction novels, Political films, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Powers Boothe, Rebecca De Mornay, James Earl Jones, Martin Landau, Rip Torn, Jeffrey DeMunn
Roles Condor
Rating68% 3.445953.445953.445953.445953.44595
Renegade Soviet military officers steal a nuclear missile, launching it at the Soviet city of Donetsk from Turkey. Soviet defense systems, believing a NATO attack is in progress, order an immediate launch of ICBMs and SLBMs at the United States.
Dead Heat
Dead Heat (1988)
, 1h26
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Comedy, Horror comedy, Action, Horror
Themes Medical-themed films, Comedy science fiction films, Zombie films, Films about viral outbreaks, Comedy horror films, Buddy films, Disaster films
Actors Treat Williams, Joe Piscopo, Lindsay Frost, Robert Picardo, Darren McGavin, Vincent Price
Roles Dr. Ernest McNab
Rating61% 3.050283.050283.050283.050283.05028
Detectives Roger Mortis (Treat Williams) and Doug Bigelow (Joe Piscopo) are called to the scene of a rather violent jewelry store robbery. The robbers take on a squadron of police in a messy shootout, but neither seem affected when they are riddled with bullets. Thanks to the combined, albeit extreme measures of Mortis and Bigelow, they are able to take out the criminals, their acts narrowly avoiding termination. Meanwhile, a coroner friend of Roger's, Rebecca (Clare Kirkconnell) informs the detectives that the two bodies they had brought in had previously been to the morgue: not only do they have autopsy scars, but she herself clearly remembers performing the autopsy and has pictures to prove it, suggesting they simply got up and left the morgue at their own volition. There is a preservative chemical compound in their bodies that connect the pair to a company that had ordered a great amount of it recently. Mortis and Bigelow investigate and meet the company's head public relations person, Randi James (Lindsay Frost) who gives them a tour of the facility. When Doug wanders off to investigate a suspicious room, he encounters the reanimated corpse of a biker on a strange machine and in the fray, Roger is knocked into a decompression room used to humanely kill failed test animals and is asphyxiated to death.
From the Hip, 1h51
Directed by Bob Clark
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Judd Nelson, Elizabeth Perkins, John Hurt, Darren McGavin, Dan Monahan, David Alan Grier
Roles Craig Duncan
Rating60% 3.048423.048423.048423.048423.04842
Fresh out of law school, Robin "Stormy" Weathers cannot stand the tedium of case filing and research. Desperately wanting to "practice law" and go to trial, one morning he intentionally withholds the fact that a trial is scheduled to begin that very afternoon to compel his superiors to let him try the case because he is the only one familiar with the facts of the case. During his meeting with the client (the president of a bank who intentionally struck another banker), the banker declares the "simple assault case" to be a no-winner (explaining that he hits people all the time), but wants the one-day trial to somehow be stretched to three days to run up the other banker's court fees.
Raw Deal
Raw Deal (1986)
, 1h46
Directed by John Irvin
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Harrold, Darren McGavin, Sam Wanamaker, Paul Shenar, Steven Hill
Roles Chief Harry Shannon
Rating56% 2.8020752.8020752.8020752.8020752.802075
On December 16, 1985, in a remote wooded cabin, a mob informant is under protection by the FBI. They are ambushed by a hit squad who brutally slaughter the bodyguards and the witness. One of the agents killed is Blair Shannon, son of FBI Chief Harry Shannon (Darren McGavin), who vows revenge.
Turk 182!
Turk 182! (1985)
, 1h36
Directed by Bob Clark
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action
Themes Disaster films
Actors Timothy Hutton, Robert Urich, Kim Cattrall, Robert Culp, Darren McGavin, Peter Boyle
Roles Det. Kowalski
Rating58% 2.949922.949922.949922.949922.94992
Après que le pompier de la ville de New York, Terry Lynch, ne puisse recevoir aucune indemnisation pour une blessure subie lors du sauvetage d'une jeune fille en dehors de ses fonctions, il devient suicidaire. Furieux, son frère Jimmy tente de faire intervenir le maire Tyler, mais le politicien corrompu dénonce Terry comme un ivrogne. Déterminé à obtenir justice, Jimmy lance une campagne de graffitis composée de slogans embarrassants se moquant du maire, qui captive bientôt la ville.
The Natural, 2h14
Directed by Barry Levinson
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Sports films, Baseball films
Actors Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley, Robert Prosky
Roles Gus Sands
Rating73% 3.6971153.6971153.6971153.6971153.697115
Roy Hobbs is a boy who is a skilled baseball player, often playing catch with his father Ed (Alan Fudge). One day, his father suffers a fatal heart attack and drops dead near a tree on the family property. When the same tree is later struck by lightning, Hobbs considers this a sign and fashions the heart of the tree's trunk, seen glowing after the trunk is split in two by the lightning, into a bat, which he dubs "Wonderboy" and carves a lightning bolt into the bat.
A Christmas Story, 1h34
Directed by Bob Clark
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Christmas films, Santa Claus in film
Actors Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Jean Shepherd, Ian Petrella, Zack Ward
Roles Mr. Parker
Rating78% 3.947813.947813.947813.947813.94781
Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and "this thing which tells time", a sundial. Ralphie's desire is rejected by his mother, his teacher Miss Shields, and even a department store Santa Claus, all giving him the same warning: "You'll shoot your eye out".