Darren McGavin

Was an American actor best known for playing the title role in the television horror series Kolchak: The Night Stalker and his portrayal in the film A Christmas Story of the grumpy father given to bursts of profanity that he never realizes his son overhears. He appeared as the tough-talking, funny detective 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. Description above from the Wikipedia article Darren McGavin licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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A Christmas Story (1983)

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The comic mishaps and adventures of a young boy named Ralph, trying to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift for the 1940s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Clark
CAST:  Melinda Dillon  •  Darren McGavin  •  Peter Billingsley  •  Ian Petrella

The comic mishaps and adventures of a young boy named Ralph, trying to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift for the 1940s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Clark
CAST:  Melinda Dillon  •  Darren McGavin  •  Peter Billingsley  •  Ian Petrella

Airport '77 (1977)

Flight 23 has crashed in the Bermuda Triangle after a hijacking gone wrong. Now the surviving passengers must brave panic, slow leaks, oxygen depletion, and more while attempting a daring plan, all while 200 feet underwater.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Jameson
CAST:  Jack Lemmon  •  Lee Grant  •  Brenda Vaccaro  •  Joseph Cotten

Flight 23 has crashed in the Bermuda Triangle after a hijacking gone wrong. Now the surviving passengers must brave panic, slow leaks, oxygen depletion, and more while attempting a daring plan, all while 200 feet underwater.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Jameson
CAST:  Jack Lemmon  •  Lee Grant  •  Brenda Vaccaro  •  Joseph Cotten

Billy Madison (1995)

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Billy Madison is the 27 year-old son of Bryan Madison, a very rich man who has made his living in the hotel industry. Billy stands to inherit his father's empire, but only if he can make it through all 12 grades, 2 weeks per grade, to prove that he has what it ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tamra Davis
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Darren McGavin  •  Bridgette Wilson  •  Bradley Whitford

Billy Madison is the 27 year-old son of Bryan Madison, a very rich man who has made his living in the hotel industry. Billy stands to inherit his father's empire, but only if he can make it through all 12 grades, 2 weeks per grade, to prove that he has what it ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tamra Davis
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Darren McGavin  •  Bridgette Wilson  •  Bradley Whitford

Hot Lead & Cold Feet (1978)

Twin brothers -- one rough and tough, the other a city-bred milquetoast -- compete for their father's fortune.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Butler
CAST:  Jim Dale  •  Karen Valentine  •  Don Knotts  •  Jack Elam

Twin brothers -- one rough and tough, the other a city-bred milquetoast -- compete for their father's fortune.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Butler
CAST:  Jim Dale  •  Karen Valentine  •  Don Knotts  •  Jack Elam

Raw Deal (1986)

Mark Kaminsky is kicked out of the FBI for his rough treatment of a suspect. He winds up as the sheriff of a small town in North Carolina. FBI Chief Harry Shannon, whose son has been killed by a mobster named Patrovina, enlists Kaminsky in a personal vendetta with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Irvin
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Kathryn Harrold  •  Darren McGavin  •  Sam Wanamaker

Mark Kaminsky is kicked out of the FBI for his rough treatment of a suspect. He winds up as the sheriff of a small town in North Carolina. FBI Chief Harry Shannon, whose son has been killed by a mobster named Patrovina, enlists Kaminsky in a personal vendetta with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Irvin
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Kathryn Harrold  •  Darren McGavin  •  Sam Wanamaker

Summertime (1955)

Middle-aged Ohio secretary Jane Hudson has never found love and has nearly resigned herself to spending the rest of her life alone. But before she does, she uses her savings to finance a summer in romantic Venice, where she finally meets the man of her dreams, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  Katharine Hepburn  •  Rossano Brazzi  •  Isa Miranda  •  Darren McGavin

Middle-aged Ohio secretary Jane Hudson has never found love and has nearly resigned herself to spending the rest of her life alone. But before she does, she uses her savings to finance a summer in romantic Venice, where she finally meets the man of her dreams, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  Katharine Hepburn  •  Rossano Brazzi  •  Isa Miranda  •  Darren McGavin

The Delicate Delinquent (1957)

Sidney Pythias (Jerry Lewis) is a bumbling janitor picked up by cop Mike Damon (Darren McGavin) as a teenage gang member worth saving from delinquency. With Damon's help, Sidney works his way through the Police Academy to become a cop too.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don McGuire
CAST:  Jerry Lewis  •  Darren McGavin  •  Martha Hyer  •  Robert Ivers

Sidney Pythias (Jerry Lewis) is a bumbling janitor picked up by cop Mike Damon (Darren McGavin) as a teenage gang member worth saving from delinquency. With Damon's help, Sidney works his way through the Police Academy to become a cop too.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don McGuire
CAST:  Jerry Lewis  •  Darren McGavin  •  Martha Hyer  •  Robert Ivers

The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

A junkie must face his true self to kick his drug addiction.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  Frank Sinatra  •  Kim Novak  •  Eleanor Parker  •  Arnold Stang

A junkie must face his true self to kick his drug addiction.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  Frank Sinatra  •  Kim Novak  •  Eleanor Parker  •  Arnold Stang

Turk 182! (1985)

After New York City firefighter Terry Lynch is unable to receive any compensation for an injury incurred during the off-duty rescue of a young girl, he grows suicidal. Furious, his brother Jimmy attempts to have Mayor Tyler intervene, but the corrupt politician ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Clark
CAST:  Timothy Hutton  •  Robert Urich  •  Kim Cattrall  •  Robert Culp

After New York City firefighter Terry Lynch is unable to receive any compensation for an injury incurred during the off-duty rescue of a young girl, he grows suicidal. Furious, his brother Jimmy attempts to have Mayor Tyler intervene, but the corrupt politician ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Clark
CAST:  Timothy Hutton  •  Robert Urich  •  Kim Cattrall  •  Robert Culp

By Dawn's Early Light (1990)

A nuclear warhead launched by Soviet insurgents protesting the waning Cold War destroys the Ukrainian city of Donetsk. The destruction sets off a race between American and Soviet politicians to prevent a nuclear holocaust. While the U.S. president feverishly works ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Sholder
CAST:  Powers Boothe  •  Rebecca De Mornay  •  James Earl Jones  •  Martin Landau

A nuclear warhead launched by Soviet insurgents protesting the waning Cold War destroys the Ukrainian city of Donetsk. The destruction sets off a race between American and Soviet politicians to prevent a nuclear holocaust. While the U.S. president feverishly works ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Sholder
CAST:  Powers Boothe  •  Rebecca De Mornay  •  James Earl Jones  •  Martin Landau

A Song to Remember (1945)

Prof. Joseph Elsner guides his protégé Frydryk Chopin through his formative years to early adulthood in Poland. The professor takes him to Paris, where he eventually comes under the wing and influence of novelist George Sand and rises to prominence in the music ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Vidor
CAST:  Paul Muni  •  Merle Oberon  •  Cornel Wilde  •  Nina Foch

Prof. Joseph Elsner guides his protégé Frydryk Chopin through his formative years to early adulthood in Poland. The professor takes him to Paris, where he eventually comes under the wing and influence of novelist George Sand and rises to prominence in the music ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Vidor
CAST:  Paul Muni  •  Merle Oberon  •  Cornel Wilde  •  Nina Foch

Dead Heat (1988)

LAPD police officer, Roger Mortis is killed while arresting zombies who have been reanimated by the head of Dante Laboratories in order to carry out violent armed robberies.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Goldblatt
CAST:  Treat Williams  •  Joe Piscopo  •  Lindsay Frost  •  Vincent Price

LAPD police officer, Roger Mortis is killed while arresting zombies who have been reanimated by the head of Dante Laboratories in order to carry out violent armed robberies.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Goldblatt
CAST:  Treat Williams  •  Joe Piscopo  •  Lindsay Frost  •  Vincent Price

The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)

A dramatization of the American general and his court martial for publically complaining about High Command's dismissal and neglect of the aerial fighting forces.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  Gary Cooper  •  Charles Bickford  •  Ralph Bellamy  •  Rod Steiger

A dramatization of the American general and his court martial for publically complaining about High Command's dismissal and neglect of the aerial fighting forces.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  Gary Cooper  •  Charles Bickford  •  Ralph Bellamy  •  Rod Steiger

She Wouldn't Say Yes (1945)

Susan Lane is a gifted psychiatrist, grounded in self-control. Before returning by train to her practice in Chicago, she spends time back East with war veterans, building their self-esteem, but frowning on the impulsive, as represented by a favorite comic strip ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Hall
CAST:  Rosalind Russell  •  Lee Bowman  •  Adele Jergens  •  Charles Winninger

Susan Lane is a gifted psychiatrist, grounded in self-control. Before returning by train to her practice in Chicago, she spends time back East with war veterans, building their self-esteem, but frowning on the impulsive, as represented by a favorite comic strip ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Hall
CAST:  Rosalind Russell  •  Lee Bowman  •  Adele Jergens  •  Charles Winninger

Bullet for a Badman (1964)

Former Texas Rangers Sam Ward and Logan Keliher become enemies when Sam turns bank robber and Logan marries Sam's ex-wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  R.G. Springsteen
CAST:  Audie Murphy  •  Darren McGavin  •  Ruta Lee  •  Beverley Owen

Former Texas Rangers Sam Ward and Logan Keliher become enemies when Sam turns bank robber and Logan marries Sam's ex-wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  R.G. Springsteen
CAST:  Audie Murphy  •  Darren McGavin  •  Ruta Lee  •  Beverley Owen

The Challenge (1970)

All-out war between the United States and an Asian country is averted when the two sides agree to settle their differences by each choosing a single soldier as champion and having the two men fight to the death on an isolated island.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George McCowan
CAST:  Darren McGavin  •  Broderick Crawford  •  Mako  •  James Whitmore

All-out war between the United States and an Asian country is averted when the two sides agree to settle their differences by each choosing a single soldier as champion and having the two men fight to the death on an isolated island.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George McCowan
CAST:  Darren McGavin  •  Broderick Crawford  •  Mako  •  James Whitmore

Berlin Affair (1970)

Spy suspense drama set in 1960's Berlin. Intrigue and double-cross lead Killian on a twisting path through love and loss.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lowell Rich
CAST:  Darren McGavin  •  Fritz Weaver  •  Reinhard Kolldehoff  •  Brian Kelly

Spy suspense drama set in 1960's Berlin. Intrigue and double-cross lead Killian on a twisting path through love and loss.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lowell Rich
CAST:  Darren McGavin  •  Fritz Weaver  •  Reinhard Kolldehoff  •  Brian Kelly

A Perfect Stranger (1994)

A television movie based on "A Perfect Stranger," Danielle Steel's novel about an attorney who falls in love with the young wife of a wealthy man who is dying.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Miller
CAST:  Robert Urich  •  Stacy Haiduk  •  Darren McGavin  •  Susan Sullivan

A television movie based on "A Perfect Stranger," Danielle Steel's novel about an attorney who falls in love with the young wife of a wealthy man who is dying.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Miller
CAST:  Robert Urich  •  Stacy Haiduk  •  Darren McGavin  •  Susan Sullivan

The Challengers (1970)

Racers compete in the Grand Prix.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leslie H. Martinson
CAST:  Darren McGavin  •  Sean Garrison  •  Nico Minardos  •  Anne Baxter

Racers compete in the Grand Prix.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leslie H. Martinson
CAST:  Darren McGavin  •  Sean Garrison  •  Nico Minardos  •  Anne Baxter

The Outsider (1967)

Darren McGavin is David Ross, a private investigator playing a game of follow the money. A simple case of embezzling turns bad quickly when bodies start dropping and the savvy P.I. is the primary suspect in an attractive woman's death. This NBC TV movie served as a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Ritchie
CAST:  Darren McGavin  •  Sean Garrison  •  Shirley Knight  •  Nancy Malone

Darren McGavin is David Ross, a private investigator playing a game of follow the money. A simple case of embezzling turns bad quickly when bodies start dropping and the savvy P.I. is the primary suspect in an attractive woman's death. This NBC TV movie served as a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Ritchie
CAST:  Darren McGavin  •  Sean Garrison  •  Shirley Knight  •  Nancy Malone
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