They say it always happens in 3's

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  1. GreyJediPathfinder Jedi Youngling

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    Dec 10, 2005
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    I think I'm going to stop looking at the news channel reports............

    (this is for you Kenobi, so you wouldn't have to wake up to a radio announcement again tomorrow morning) (huggles and love, luv)


    LOS ANGELES - Darren McGavin, the husky, tough-talking actor who starred in several TV series, played a grouchy dad in the holiday classic "A Christmas Story" and had other strong roles in such films as "The Man with the Golden Arm" and "The Natural," died Saturday. He was 83.

    McGavin died of natural causes at a Los Angeles-area hospital with his family at his side, said his son Bogart McGavin.

    McGavin made his film debut in 1945 when he switched from painter of movie sets to bit actor in "A Song to Remember." After a decade of learning his craft in New York, he returned to Hollywood and became one of the busiest actors in television and films.

    He starred in five series, including "Mike Hammer" and cult favorite "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," and became a prolific actor in TV movies. Among his memorable portrayals was Gen. George Patton in the 1979 TV biography "Ike."

    Despite his busy career in television, McGavin was awarded only one Emmy: in 1990 for an appearance as Candice Bergen's opinionated father in an episode of "Murphy Brown."

    He may be best recognized for his role as the hot-tempered father of a boy yearning for the gift of a BB gun in the 1983 comedy "A Christmas Story." The film has become a holiday-season staple on TV.

    McGavin lacked the prominence in films he enjoyed in television, but he registered strongly in featured roles such as the young artist in Venice in "Summertime," David Lean's 1955 film with Katharine Hepburn and Rosanno Brazzi; Frank Sinatra's crafty drug supplier in "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1955); and Jerry Lewis's parole officer in "The Delicate Delinquent."

    McGavin's other films include "The Court-martial of Billy Mitchell," "Airport '77," and "Billy Madison." He starred alongside Don Knotts, who died Friday night, in the 1976 family comedy "No Deposit, No Return."

    Throughout his television career, McGavin gained a reputation as a curmudgeon willing to bad-mouth his series and combat studio bosses.

    McGavin starred in the private eye series "Mike Hammer" in the 1950s. In 1968 he told a reporter: "Hammer was a dummy. I made 72 of those shows, and I thought it was a comedy. In fact, I played it camp. He was the kind of guy who would've waved the flag for George Wallace."

    McGavin also disparaged "Riverboat," an 1840s adventure that ran from 1959-61 and costarred Burt Reynolds.

    When "Riverboat" was in danger of being canceled by NBC, McGavin rented a room in St. Louis, interviewed riverboat captains and searched old files about Mississippi traffic. He presented the network with a detailed plan for improving the series.

    "NBC used none of my ideas, went fumbling ahead, and `Riverboat' sank," he said.

    McGavin's other series included "Crime Photographer," "The Outsider," and the short-lived "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," in which he played a reporter who investigates supernatural occurrences in Chicago. Last fall, ABC began airing a remake of the 1974 occult fave, but that too was soon canceled.

    Born in Spokane, Wash., McGavin was sketchy in interviews about his childhood. He told TV Guide in 1973 that he was a constant runaway at 10 and 11, and as a teen lived in warehouses in Tacoma, Wash., and dodged the police and welfare workers. His parents disappeared, he said.

    He spent a year at College of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., taking part in dramatics, then landed in Los Angeles. He washed dishes and was hired to paint sets at Columbia studio. He was working on "A Song to Remember" when an agent told him of an opening for a small role.

    "I climbed off a painter's ladder and washed up at a nearby gas station," McGavin said. "I returned through Columbia's front gate with the agent." The director, Charles Vidor, hired him. No one recognized him but the paint foreman, who said, "You're fired."

    McGavin studied at
  2. Master--Kenobi Jedi Padawan

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    Dec 8, 2003
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    Thanks for the heads-up last night on the message machine. He was one of Siri and my favorite actors. Always loved everything he did. He put out a quality product. For us, watching the Christmas Story marathon each year is as much a part of our celebration as Christmas itself. The man was brillant.

    Never had the opportunity to meet him or work with him (which I would have given my eye-teeth to do), but glad I at least got to enjoy his work. I did see an interview with him last year, when they were contacting all the actors involved with Christmas Story, and was shocked to see how.."old" and weak he had gotten. You just don't think of it. And now wondering who the third one will be.

    Goodnight to the Old Man. I hope your enjoying the best Turkey Dinner of your life.

    P.S. Thanks for getting Ralphie the Red Ryder Lever Action BB Gun with compass in the stock. :)
  3. mrcottonsparrot Jedi Youngling

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    Jul 26, 2004
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    Oh Fudge! (But I didn't say Fudge!)

    Another loss last week: Jack Wild, to mouth cancer. If someone already mentioned this, I'm sorry, I've been working in Scottsdale for a month.

    Caryn Bardas
    (aka The Parrot, laying that to rest)
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