Dick York Celebrity Watchlist

Fast Facts

  • Professional career began on radio shows in Chicago as a teen (when he met his future wife, Joan), including The Brewster Boy and Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy; and in educational short films for adolescents that covered subjects such as dating etiquette and safe driving.
  • In 1950, moved to New York, where he got a break with a part in the 1953 Broadway premiere of Robert Anderson's Tea and Sympathy, directed by Elia Kazan. 
  • Known for playing Darrin Stephens, wife of Samantha, on the series Bewitched from 1964 to '69; was forced to leave the show due to a debilitating back injury he suffered while filming the 1959 western They Came to Cordura; was replaced on the sitcom by Dick Sargent.
  • Although bedridden and broke late in life due to emphysema and back problems, he was a fund-raiser for Acting for Life, a charity he founded in the late 1980s to help the homeless.
  • Author of a posthumously published autobiography, The Seesaw Girl and Me: A Memoir; the "Seesaw Girl" of the book's title referred to his wife, whom he called "Joey."


  • 1968, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: Nominee


  • Christopher York — Son
  • Kim — Daughter
  • Bernard York — Father
  • Betty York — Mother
  • Matthew York — Son
  • Mandy — Daughter
  • Stacie — Daughter
  • Joan Alt — Wife
  • Vicki — Sister


  • Attended DePaul University, Chicago, IL


  • Birth Name: Richard Allen York
  • Birth Place: Fort Wayne, IN
  • Died: February 20, 1992
  • Profession: Actor

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