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Darrin McGavin passes away

He was 83. One of my favorite shows from my childhood was The Night Stalker, which ran from September 1974 to March 1975. The WaPo obit features that role prominently.

But the 20 episodes of the “Night Stalker” series, in which he played a rumpled, grumpy Chicago news reporter whose determination to follow every lead allows him to save society from the dangers of the supernatural, seemed to define his career.

The episodes in which he played Carl Kolchak on ABC in 1974 and 1975 were distinguished by his portrayal of the dogged shoe-leather reporter and combined the appeal of the newsroom drama with the attractions of fantasy and the occult.

He also appeared in a few episodes of the X-Files in 1998 and 1999 (another favorite show of mine), playing Agent Arthur Dales. McGavin won an Emmy in 1990 as Candice Bergen’s opinionated father in an episode of “Murphy Brown.”

* The Darren McGavin official web site.
* The Night Stalker/Night Strangler DVD came out recently (I got it for Christmas).

I always loved the creepy, off-kilter shows as a kid, and was also a big “Twilight Zone” fan (the original series via reruns). My copy of Marc Scott Zicree’s Twilight Zone Companion literally fell apart from overuse. I had to throw it out several years ago. šŸ™


Also, I forgot to mention the passing yesterday of five-time Emmy winner Don Knotts. I always remembered him (aside from The Andy Griffith Show), from The Incredible Mr. Limpet, which I enjoyed as a child (on TV in the 70s; I was only 1 when it was released in 1964).

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