Darren McGavin

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Darren McGavin’s Birthday Highlights

Birth Name

Darren McGavin

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Place Of Birth

Spokane, USA


83 years old (died on February 25, 2006)

Birth Date

May 07, 1922

Star Sign


Darren McGavin Facts

Child Star?




Education & Qualifications

University of the Pacific

Net Worth

$34 million

Current Partner

Kathie Browne ( married 1969; died 2003)


Bogart McGavin, Megan McGavin, Bridget McGavin, York McGavin


Grace Bogart, Reed Daniel Richardson


1.8m (5'8"")



Chinese Year

Year of the Dog

About Darren McGavin

William Lyle Richardson, better known by his stage name Darren McGavin, was an American actor.

He won a CableACE Award for Actor in a Dramatic Series for The General Motors Playwrights Theater in 1992 (1991). In 1962, he won the Western Heritage Award for Fictional Television Drama.

Darren McGavin has played various classic characters throughout his career, including agents, military commanders, cops, father figures, and stern corporate leaders. He adapted to various roles as a multi-talented performer, from severe parts with a deadpan expression to lighthearted, humorous roles. His role in 'Kolchak: The Night Stalker' was widely appreciated.

 Darren McGavin Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Darren McGavin’s net worth?

According to sources, Darren McGavin’s net worth is estimated to be over $33.6 million as of 2022.

How much does Darren McGavin earn per year?

Details on his annual income are unavailable.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Darren McGavin?

Darren McGavin was 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) tall.

How old is Darren McGavin?

He was 83 years old when he died on February 25, 2006, after being born on May 7, 1922. In a Los Angeles hospital, he passed away from cardiovascular disease.

Childhood And Education

Coming to his early life, on May 7, 1922, in Spokane, Washington, USA, Darren McGavin was born William Lyle Richardson, the only child of his parents. Reed Daniel Richardson, his father, was a traveling salesman, while Grace Bogart, her mother, was a stay-at-home mom. When William's parents divorced when he was 11, his father was given custody of him. Whenever his father traveled for work, he would place the little child with a family on a farm. William, restless, bolted and went to live with a Native American family. Darren McGavin eluded the cops for a while before his father discovered him and sent him to a boarding school. In 1958, Darren McGavin dropped out of school and moved to San Francisco for a time. Darren McGavin eventually moved to southern California with his mother and stepfather.

Darren McGavin went to California for high school. He received a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of the Pacific. Darren McGavin studied theater under Sanford Meisner at the Actors Studio and the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Darren McGavin’s partner?

Darren Mcgavin married his first wife, Anita Marie Williams, in 1942. However, the marriage was short-lived, as they divorced in 1943. Darren McGavin married Melanie York in March 1944, and the pair had four children: Bogart McGavin, Megan McGavin, Bridget McGavin, and York McGavin. Unfortunately, this relationship likewise had its ups and downs, and they split up in 1942. In December 1969, Darren McGavin married Kathie Browne, an actress, but she died in 2003, leaving McGavin alone.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Darren McGavin worked at a local theater group in creating scenery while still in college before obtaining his first employment gig. Darren McGavin dropped out of college in 1945 and worked as a Columbia Pictures painter. The same year, Darren McGavin's made his debut in 'A Song To Remember', playing an uncredited role. He appeared in a few more uncredited roles in other films. He moved to New York City at this time to study under Sanford Meisner. He also appeared in a live theater show on The US Steel Hour and Kraft Television Theater in New York.

Darren McGavin made his stage debut as Happy Lohman in 'Death Of A Salesman' in 1949. He also played a significant role in the short film 'I Remember You'. Subsequently, In 1951, he made his debut in the movie 'Queen For A Day', where Darren McGavin portrayed Dan. In the television drama 'Crime Photographer', Darren McGavin played the starring character of Casey from 1951 to 1952. In the following years, he appeared in several television shows, including 'Tales Of Tomorrow', 'Goodyear Playhouse', 'The Web', 'The Philco Television Playhouse', 'Janet Dean', 'Registered Nurse', 'Danger, Suspense', 'Campbell Summer Soundstage', and 'Mama'.

What awards has Darren McGavin won?

Darren McGavin has won CableACE Awards for Actor in a Dramatic Series (1992) and Western Heritage Awards for Fictional Television Drama (1962).

Other Interesting Darren McGavin Facts And Trivia

  • Darren McGavin was a committed leftist and a Democrat.
  • Darren McGavin bought an Alexander Home in Palm Springs, California's Racquet Club Estates community, in 1960.
  • Darren McGavin’s most prominent part was in 'Kolchak: The Night Stalker' (1974-1975).
  • Darren McGavin died of cardiovascular illness in a Los Angeles hospital on February 25, 2006, at 83.
  • The Hollywood Forever Cemetery holds the grave of Darren McGavin.
  • Darren McGavin's wife Kathie Browne-McGavin is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles County, California, only 6 mi (9.6 km) away.
  • His notable TV series and film roles include David Ross in 'The Outsider', Mike Hammer in 'Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer', Capt. Russ Peters in 'The Court-Martial Of Billy Mitchell', and Kolchak in 'Kolchak: The Night Stalker'.

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