Kolchak: The Night Stalker

1974, TV Show



Darren McGavin, a prolific actor who starred in five TV series, including Mike Hammer and the cult fave Kolchak: The Night Stalker, died Saturday of natural causes. He was 83. McGavin's many other memorable turns include the feature films A Christmas Story, The Man with the Golden Arm and The Natural, plus the TV bio Ike, in which he portrayed George Patton. read more

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Premiered: September 13, 1974, on ABC
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Premise: A dogged Chicago reporter investigated the paranormal (everything from vampires and werewolves to a senator who could transform himself into a vicious dog) while he clashed with his perpetually (and understandably) skeptical editor. A cult favorite for its blend of dark humor and genuine chills, the series was born from two hugely popular TV-movies, `The Night Stalker' and `The Night Strangler,' and was an inspiration for Chris Carter's equally spooky 1990s hit `The X-Files.'


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