Sunday, February 26, 2006

Actor Darren McGavin

Brainwagon: "I loved 'Kolchak: The Night Stalker.' ... The thing that I found most remarkable about the show is just how unheroic Kolchak really was. He wasn't Clark Kent, secretly fighting crime with superpowers at night. He was just an average, middle-age reporter, whose only talent seemed the ability to irritate everyone he came into contact with. It was a great character, and a great set of performances by McGavin."

Garfield Ridge: "For my money, one of my favorite McGavin roles is in an excellent 1990 made-for-HBO movie, By Dawn's Early Light. The story of an accidental nuclear war between the United States and the crumbling Soviet Union, it featured McGavin as the secretary of Agriculture who becomes president after the attack. Suffice it to say, he's a little unhinged. Anyway, great little war movie."

Kybruno's Blog: "Darren McGavin is immortal for me as The Old Man from 'A Christmas Story.' Even then I wished they had gone ahead and made more movies with that cast. But this is great, and he was perfect as the winner of a Major Award that his evil wife later destroys."


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