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Original Kolchak dies – Remembering Darren McGavin: 1922-2006

Prolific actor Darren McGavin died Saturday. Best known among science fiction and fantasy fans as the original Carl Kolchak from Kolchack: The Night Stalker in the 1970s, ironically, his last performance was an uncredited cameo in the pilot episode of ABC’s short-lived reincarnation of the series a few months ago.

McGavin was featured in dozens of science fiction, fantasy, horror and spy-fi works on television in in the cinema. Along with Night Stalker, he had stand-out performances in such genre fare as the 1980 TV miniseries, The Martian Chronicles and had a recurring role as Agent Arthur Dales on The X-Files.

Here is a list of some of his genre work starting from the most recent:


  • Night Stalker – (2005) TV Pilot … Reporter Standing at Desk
  • The X-Files – (1998, 1999) … Agent Arthur Dales
  • Millennium – (1997) … Henry Black
  • Touched by an Angel – (1997) … George Zarko
  • Gargoyles – The Silver Falcon (1995) … Dominic Dracon
  • Captain America – (1991) … Gen. Fleming
  • Monsters – Portrait of the Artist (1989) … Hubert
  • Around the World in 80 Days (1989) … Benjamin Mudge
  • Highway to Heaven – (1988) … Hale Stoddard
  • Tales from the Darkside – Distant Signals (1985) … Van Conway
  • The Hitchhiker – Nightshift (1985) … Old Man
  • Firebird 2015 AD (1981) … Red
  • The Martian Chronicles (1980) … Sam Parkhill
  • The Demon and the Mummy (1976) …. Carl Kolchak
  • Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974) … Carl Kolchak (1974-1975)
  • The Six Million Dollar Man (1973) … Oliver Spencer
  • The Night Strangler (1973) … Carl Kolchak
  • The Night Stalker (1972) … Carl Kolchak
  • Mission Mars (1968) … Col. Mike Blaiswick
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – The Deadly Quest Affair (1967) … Viktor Karmak

David Speakman

David Speakman has spent more than two decades as a writer/editor, photographer, graphic designer and manager of creative teams in broadcast, print and the Internet. His education is in journalism, graphic design, organizational communication and law.
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