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      W. Lyle Richardson

      W. Lyle Richardson

      Highest Rated: 100% The Night Strangler (1973)

      Lowest Rated: 11% Dead Heat (1988)

      Birthday: May 7, 1922

      Birthplace: San Joaquin, California, USA

      A popular character actor whose talent and charm frequently brought him leading man roles, Darren McGavin was one of the more beloved familiar faces on television. After a turbulent youth, McGavin inadvertently turned to acting and after notable work on stage and television, began making appearances alongside some of film's biggest names like Frank Sinatra "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1955) and Jerry Lewis in "The Delicate Delinquent" (1957). With his rugged good looks and streetwise charisma, McGavin was the perfect choice to play pulp novelist Mickey Spillane's skirt-chasing, hard-living private eye in "Mike Hammer" (syndicated, 1986-59). But it was McGavin's role as the tenacious reporter of the macabre, Carl Kolchak, in the made-for-TV horror movie "The Night Stalker" (ABC, 1972) that would forever endear him to an entire generation of young television viewers. When it became ABC's highest-rated TV movie ever at the time, a sequel and a weekly series, "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" (ABC, 1973-74), were quickly put into production. A decade later, McGavin delivered his second indelible character when he played the curmudgeonly yet loving father of Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) in the perennial holiday classic, "A Christmas Story" (1983). So influential was the character of Kolchak in the creation of "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002), that series creator Chris Carter later cast McGavin in a pair of episodes. Blessed with impeccable timing and personality plus, McGavin elevated the quality of each and every project on his impressive résumé.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Kolchak: The Night Stalker
      100% The Night Strangler
      100% The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell
      92% Summertime
      89% A Christmas Story
      88% The Night Stalker
      83% The Natural
      81% The Man With the Golden Arm

      Photos

      A CHRISTMAS STORY, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Ian Petrella, Peter Billingsley, 1983, © MGM A CHRISTMAS STORY, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Ian Petrella, Peter Billingsley, 1983, © MGM A CHRISTMAS STORY, Darren McGavin, 1983, ©MGM BEAU JAMES, Darren McGavin, 1957 AIRPORT '77, Jack Lemmon, Darren McGavin, 1977 AIRPORT '77, Darren McGavin, 1977 QUEEN FOR A DAY, (aka HORSIE), Darren McGavin, Phyllis Avery, 1951 THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM, Darren McGavin, 1955. NO DEPOSIT, NO RETURN, Darren McGavin, Don Knotts, 1976 A CHRISTMAS STORY, Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Ian Petrella, Peter Billingsley, 1983, (c)MGM A CHRISTMAS STORY, Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, 1983, (c)MGM NO DEPOSIT, NO RETURN, Kim Richards, Don Knotts, Darren McGavin, 1976 A CHRISTMAS STORY, Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, 1983, (c)MGM AIRPORT '77, Darren McGavin, James Booth, 1977. (c) Universal Pictures. RAW DEAL, Darren McGavin (lying down), Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1986, © De Laurentiis Entertainment Group THE DELICATE DELINQUENT, Jerry Lewis, Darren McGavin, 1957 RAW DEAL, (aka LE CONTRAT), Darren McGavin (in bed), Arnold Schwarzenegger (with gun), 1986, © De Laurentiis Entertainment Group SUMMERTIME, (aka SUMMER MADNESS), from left: Isa Miranda, Mari Aldon, Darren McGavin, 1955 SUMMERTIME, (aka SUMMER MADNESS), director David Lean (arm outstretched) directing Katharine Hepburn (standing left) and seated center from left: Darren McGavin Mari Aldon on set, 1955 THE DELICATE DELINQUENT, Darren McGavin, Martha Hyer, 1957

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Still Waters Burn Paddy (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pros & Cons Mr. Stanford (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Smalltime Sam (Character) - 1996
      40% 79% Billy Madison Brian Madison (Character) $25.6M 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fudge-A-Mania Unknown (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Derby Lester Corbett (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Commish: Father Image Terry Boyle (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Perfect Stranger John Henry Phillips (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet American Clock Older Arthur Huntington (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 48% Blood & Concrete: A Love Story Hank Dick (Character) $2.2K 1991
      No Score Yet 92% Perfect Harmony Mr. Hobbs (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 27% Happy Hell Night Henry Collins (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak: It's Always Something Wainwright (Character) - 1990
      12% 19% Captain America General Fleming (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 74% By Dawn's Early Light Condor (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 79% Inherit the Wind E.K. Hornbeck (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Diamond Trap Chief Walter Vadney (Character) - 1988
      11% 49% Dead Heat Dr. Ernest McNab (Character) $2.9M 1988
      30% 60% From the Hip Craig Duncan (Character) $7.0M 1987
      31% 29% Raw Deal Harry Shannon (Character) $14.8M 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Flag Unknown (Character) - 1986
      20% 57% Turk 182! Detective Kowalski (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 60% My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn Dr. Gerrit Koets (Character) - 1985
      83% 88% The Natural Gus Sands (uncredited) (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 75% The Baron and the Kid Jack Beamer (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D. Dr. David Jennings (Character) - 1984
      89% 89% A Christmas Story Mr. Parker (Character) $20.7M 1983
      No Score Yet 44% Firebird 2015 AD Red (Character) - 1981
      40% 29% Hangar 18 Harry Forbes (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Martian Chronicles Sam Parkhill (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Invasion Force Harry Forbes (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 65% Hot Lead and Cold Feet Mayor Ragsdale (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 17% Zero to Sixty Michael Nolan (Character),
      Screenwriter
      - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Donovan's Kid Timothy Donovan (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ike: The War Years Gen. George S. Patton (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Users Henry Waller (Character) - 1978
      40% 32% Airport '77 Stan Buchek (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 66% No Deposit, No Return Duke (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet American Reunion Unknown (Character),
      Director
      - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Brink's: The Great Robbery James McNally (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Law and Order Deputy Chief Brian O'Malley (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Demon and the Mummy Carl Kolchak (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crackle of Death Carl Kolchak (Character) - 1974
      100% 94% Kolchak: The Night Stalker Unknown (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet B Must Die Pal Kovak (Character) - 1973
      100% 86% The Night Strangler Carl Kolchak (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 77% The Six Million Dollar Man Oliver Spencer (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Smash-Up Alley Lee Petty (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 55% Happy Mother's Day, Love George Director,
      Producer
      - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sam Cade Courtney Vernon (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet High Flying Spy John Jay Forrest (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole Dr. Lou Grazzo (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 33% Mrs. Pollifax: Spy Farrell (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Death of Me Yet Joe Chalk (Character) - 1971
      88% 77% The Night Stalker Carl Kolchak (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Sergeant Eddie Ryker (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Banyon Lieutenant Pete Cordova (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 20% Something Evil Paul Worden (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Berlin Affair Paul Killian (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Battle at Gannon's Bridge Eddie Gannon (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Forty-Eight Hour Mile David Ross (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Challenge Jacob Gallery (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Challengers Jim McCabe (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet 67% Tribes Drake (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Boomerang, a Dog of Many Talents Barney B. Duncan (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Anatomy of a Crime David Ross (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shine On, Shine On, Jesse Gil Jesse Gil McCray (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mission Mars Col. Mike Blaiswick (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outsider David Ross (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet 25% The Great Sioux Massacre Captain Benton (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ride the High Wind Mike Gregory (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 60% Bullet for a Badman Sam Ward (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Witchcraft: The Doll in Brambles Fred (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 20% The Case Against Brooklyn Pete Harris (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 54% The Delicate Delinquent Mike Damon (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beau James Charley Hand (Character) - 1957
      100% 61% The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell Capt. Russ Peters (Character) - 1955
      81% 83% The Man With the Golden Arm Louie (Character) - 1955
      92% 79% Summertime Eddie Yaeger (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Remember You Blind Mechanic (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 25% Fear Blonde Student (Character) - 1946

      TV

      Credit
      74% 85% The X-Files Arthur Dales (Guest Star) 1998-1999
      No Score Yet 86% Millennium Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Grace Under Fire Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Commish Terry Boyle (Guest Star) 1995
      43% No Score Yet Burke's Law Conrad Hill (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Martin Tremaine (Guest Star) 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Civil Wars Noah Caldecott (Guest Star) 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Around the World in 80 Days Unknown (Character) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Highway to Heaven Hale Stoddard (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hitchhiker Unknown (Character) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected Sheriff Milt Singleton (Character) 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walt Disney's Disneyland Duke (Character) 1982
      No Score Yet 95% Magnum, P.I. Buck Gibson (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nero Wolfe Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tattletales Guest 1975 1977
      100% 86% Kolchak: The Night Stalker Carl Kolchak (Character) 1974-1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Matt Hallett (Character) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shaft Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1972-1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1968-1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Mark (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outsider Unknown (Character) 1968-1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mission: Impossible Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cimarron Strip Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Joe Bascome (Guest Star) 1965-1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Felony Squad Leslie Gorman (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Greene (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Mark Troxel (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stagecoach West Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Arthur Bryan (Character) 1956-1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1956
      No Score Yet 85% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Red Hillman (Character) 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1952 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Tomorrow Unknown (Character) 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Unknown (Character) 1951