Darren McGavin

  • Birth Name: William Lyle Richardson
  • Birth Place: Spokane, Washington, United States
  • Died: February 25, 2006
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer
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  • 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


  • Megan — Daughter
  • Bogart McGavin — Son
  • Reid Delano Richardson — Father
  • Bridget — Daughter
  • York McGavin — Son
  • Melanie York — Ex-wife
  • Grace Bogart McGavin — Mother
  • Kathie Browne — Wife (deceased)


  • Attended College of the Pacific, Stockton, California, United States
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