Sunday, July 01, 2018

Blind Item #12 - Old Hollywood - Kindness - Reader Blind Item

This actor was in both films and TV.  In film, his two best known film roles, one comedic and one serious, were in later films.  On TV, he was in several series.  His two most famous was the short-lived horror series and two TV movies that featured the same character and a role in a sitcom for which he won a very prestigious award for.  He had a hard childhood and was in an orphanage for a part of it.  As an adult, he did a lot for orphans including employing them on film sets and providing catered meals to the orphanages themselves.  There are a lot of stories of individual acts of kindness performed by this actor and his third wife who was also an actress.

22 comments:

Melvin The Reanimated said...

Darren McGavin

Melvin The Reanimated said...

Kolchak being the horror series/character, A Christmas Story his memorable comedic movie role and Murphy Brown the sitcom. Not sure which of his dramas is the best known one. Hangar 18, maybe?

notthisagain said...

I love kindness blinds

gauloise said...

Yes, and there were also two kolchak tv movies.

maybe the famous serious film is airport 77

Freckles said...

Loved Kolchak as a kid. He was in Colombo as a bad guy I think. Lol a gymnast!

klg said...

I LOVED Darren McGavin. Glad to know he was one of the good guys!

DDonna Tarttty said...

I loved Darren McGavin, so I loved reading this! "The Night Stalker" was one of my favorite TV shows as a kid!

.robert said...

I do not know if bringing orphans into the Hollywood pedo industry actually counts as a blind.

rosie riveter said...

This is a nice change From all the other garbage we hear about here. What a good guy!

Donna said...

A lovely man, went to high school in our little town. People here still think of him fondly.

P. Edwin Nibbles said...

Have always enjoyed the work of Darren McGavin. Nice to hear he was a real gentleman.

"Fra-gee-lay. It must be Italian!"

atoukzug said...

That's the sort of kindness that deserves a major award...

Dan Mullen said...

Loved everything he did...glad to hear he was one of the good guys!

Thonker said...

@robert I thought the same like.. is bringing orphans around pedos really a kindness blind? Was there more going on there?

Silkprint said...

I bought the series a few months ago and forgot until I just read this blind. Now I have to go find it .

anne mott said...

he spent some time in the city where I live when he was a teen. he's kind of beloved here, in fact. I do not want to hear anything but kindness about him and Kathie Browne.

modsquad said...

Best known drama was The Natural with Robert Redford.

HellnoKitty said...

Me too! He must have loved filming "A Christmas Story".

The Ashton Cruz Zoo said...

Are you sure he wasn't selling orphan boys to horny Hollywood producers so they could be turned into dancing boys to be dropped (in tiny gold lamé thongs) from stadium ceilings into massive pools filled with dolphins and unicorns and drugs, so they could be fished out in giant nets and groomed by Hillary Clinton's parents in teh basement of a pizza shop to grow up and and become adult pedo pimps/assassins to work for Kamala Harris and Oprah and who most recently went to France and killed Anthony Bourdain because Mary Streep told them to??? You sure Enty You sure???

rdkizziah said...

He was such a nice guy. Shortly before he died, I wrote him a letter asking if he had any upcoming projects, as I was a big fan. His assistant wrote me back, saying that he wasn't in good health but wanted me to know that he had read my letter and was thrilled that I had contacted him and very appreciative.

Rusty Jones said...

He played two of the biggest pricks in Hollywood history, Gus Sands in the Natural and Louie in The Man with the Golden Arm. Great Mike Hammer too.

Sagan said...

These feel good stories cheer up my otherwise gloomy days.

We loved Darrin in my house, and "BUMPASSESSS!" is a catch-phrase we use a lot around here in the office. (Along with "Sons-a-bitchess")

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