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Richard Allen York
Fort Wayne, IN
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Dick York Fast Facts:
Professional career began on radio shows in Chicago as a teen (when he met his future wife, Joan), including
The Brewster Boy
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
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."
Dick York Relationships:
Vicki - Sister
Christopher York - Son
Stacie - Daughter
Mandy - Daughter
Bernard York - Father
Betty York - Mother
Matthew York - Son
Joan Alt - Wife
Kim - Daughter
Dick York Awards:
1968 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series - Nominee
Attended DePaul University, Chicago, IL
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