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Dick York Biography

Birth Name:
Richard Allen York
Birth Place:
Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States

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
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  • 1968Emmy-Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: nominated


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