Was reportedly abandoned by his parents as a child, eventually ending up in the Jessie Dyslin Boys Ranch orphanage in Tacoma, WA
Trained at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse under actor Sanford Meisner, as well as at the Actors Studio.
Was working as a set painter for Columbia Studios on the 1945 Frederic Chopin biopic A Song to Remember when he landed his first big-screen appearance, a bit part in the film.
Starred in the TV Western series Riverboat (1959-61), and later owned and operated a riverboat named La Poursuite du Bonheur (The Pursuit of Happiness).
His short-lived supernatural drama Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974-75) was the inspiration for sci-fi series The X-Files, according to creator Chris Carter; McGavin once appeared on the series as Arthur Dales, the man who started the X-Files FBI unit.
Best-loved big-screen role was Ralphie Parker's grouchy father in the 1983 holiday classic A Christmas Story.
Provided the voice for Budweiser's "This Bud's for You" commercials for several years.
Performed the audio books of Robert Ludlum's Bourne trilogy, which was later made into a successful film franchise.
1990, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
Melanie York — Ex-wife
Grace Bogart McGavin — Mother
Megan — Daughter
Bogart McGavin — Son
Reid Delano Richardson — Father
Kathie Browne — Wife (deceased)
Bridget — Daughter
York McGavin — Son
Attended College of the Pacific, Stockton, California, United States