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The Distinctive Darren McGavin Dies at 83

I suppose most people, upon learning that actor Darren McGavin has passed away at the age of 83 due to natural causes, will think back to his memorable performance as Mr. Parker in "A Christmas Story." But of course here at Fearfodder, our thoughts instantly turn to his rousing portrayal of Carl Kolchack in the two "Nightstalker" films and the television series they spawned.

McGavin had a natural flair that enlivened the characters he played. His timing was impeccable, and his delivery unique. The New York Times has more information about the life and career of this cult icon.--Pete Mesling


Posted by Pete on February 26, 2006 8:52 AM
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Darren McGavin had that elusive something that comes along so rarely in life.

No matter how many times I see episodes of "Kolchak,the Night Stalker" they never get old to me.

It was that elusive something that made the man so great.

-- Posted by: Jim Wilmer at February 26, 2006 9:38 PM

Night Stalker was one of my favourite TV series ever. The stories were creative and Darren McGavin was perfect as Kolchak.

-- Posted by: Barry Grabowski at February 27, 2006 12:21 AM

McGavin appeared opposite Jan Michael Vincent in a made for TV movie titled "Tribes". Although not widely heralded, I believe it was one of McGavin's best perfomances.
Without a doubt, he will always be remembered for his portrayal of Ralphie's dad in the "Christmas Story" -- a perfect fit. When compared to the sequel with Charles Grodin; no contest.

-- Posted by: Richard at February 27, 2006 10:02 AM

McGavin had a sorta recurring role on the "X-Files," which was a shout-out to his Nightstalker days. He was one of those excellent performers that always drew your attention, regardless of the role he was playing.

-- Posted by: mac at February 27, 2006 10:15 PM

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