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Darren McGavin

“Mike Hammer” Starring Darren McGavin:
After making a string of uncredited appearances in films during the late 1940’s, Darren eased into more prominent TV & film roles in the early 1950’s. However, it wasn’t until 1956 that he found his signature role in the hit TV series “Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer” (1956 - 1959). Darren later went on to star in another popular TV series, “Riverboat” (1959 - 1961), which co-starred Burt Reynolds.

Darren McGavin Fact File :

Birth Name: Darren McGavin

Date Of Birth: 7th May 1922

Place Of Birth: San Joaquin, California, USA

Melanie York (1944 - 1969)
Kathie Browne (1969 - 2003)

Film Debut:
“A Song To Remember” (1945 - Uncredited)

Signature TV series: “Mike Hammer” (1956 - 1959)

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The Man With The Golden Arm [DVD](1955) DVD
Frank Sinatra is unforgettable as a musician trying to break his heroin addiction in this groundbreaking drama from Otto Preminger. The supporting cast includes Eleanor Parker, Kim Novak, Darren McGavin and Arnold Stang; Elmer Bernstein provides the memorable jazz score. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono.

The Delicate Delinquent(1957) VHS
In his first solo outing, Jerry Lewis plays a nerdy janitor who gets caught in the middle of a gang rumble and is arrested. Policeman Darren McGavin helps reform the "delinquent" Lewis, who soon becomes a cop. A mirthful mix of silliness and sentiment; with Martha Hyer, Rocky Marciano. 100 min.

Mission Mars(1968) VHS
The first manned U.S. mission to Mars becomes a trip of terror when the crew discovers bizarre creatures and a mystery from Earth. Darren McGavin, Nick Adams star. 87 min.


Tribes(1970) VHS
A by-the-book Marine D.I. tries to force a hippie draftee to toe the line, but his unconventional attitude begins affecting those around him, and the battle of wills builds to a shattering climax. Incisive Emmy Award-winning drama stars Darren McGavin, Jan-Michael Vincent, Earl Holliman. 89 min.

The Night Strangler(1973) VHS
After his exile from Las Vegas, journalist Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) winds up in Seattle, where a string of brutal murders sends the monster-hunting newshound into the catacombs of an underground city and a confrontation with a century-old killer. Shiver-inducing sequel to "The Night Stalker" also stars Richard Anderson, Simon Oakland, Jo Ann Pflug, John Carradine. 74 min.

No Deposit, No Return(1976) VHS
Great family comedy about two kids who are left to stay with their grandfather while their mother vacations in Hong Kong. The siblings hire a pair of bumbling crooks to "kidnap" them so they can fly out to be with her. David Niven, Don Knotts, Darren McGavin, Kim Richards and Brad Savage star. 112 min.

A Christmas Story (Special Edition) [DVD](1983) DVD
A hilarious and totally enjoyable yarn about a young boy's attempts at getting what he really wants for Christmas--a Red Ryder Air Rifle. His experiences with his parents, his trip to see Santa and the whimsical dialogue from Jean Shepherd make this gem ideal for any time of the year. Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Peter Billingsley; based on Shepherd's "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash." 93 min. Standard and Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; audio commentary; documentary; more. Two-disc set.

Raw Deal [DVD](1986) DVD
That's what ex-FBI agent Arnold Schwarzenegger gives the bad guys in this full-tilt actioner, as he goes undercover to help a former colleague bring down a crime kingpin responsible for the death of the friend's son. Co-stars Kathryn Harrold, Darren McGavin. 97 min.

Perfect Harmony [DVD](1991) DVD
Set in the South, this sensitive drama tells of a group of boys' adventures in the school choir and how they deal with prejudice. Mr. Sanders, the new choir leader, tries to reduce some of the tension among the students by getting Zeke, the grandson of the school's caretaker, involved with the choir. Cleavon Little, Peter Scolari, Catherine Mary Stewart and Darren McGavin star. 93 min.

Billy Madison [DVD](1995) DVD
In this rib-tickling comedy, "Saturday Night Live's" Adam Sandler plays the title character, the moronic, goof-off son of a motel magnate who sets out to prove he's worthy of taking over the family business by going back to school and legitimately passing grades 1 through 12 in six months. Bridgette Wilson and Darren McGavin co-star. 90 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital Surround, French Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: Spanish; production notes; theatrical trailer; biographies; scene access.


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