February 27, 2006

 

Darren McGavin, 1922-2006


Long before he became a yearly holiday tradition for reciting these lines:
Mr. Parker: It's a Major Award!
Swede: Shucks I wouldn't know that. It looks like a lamp.
Mr. Parker: What is a lamp, you nincompoop? It's a Major Award. I won it!
Swede: Damn, hell, you say won it?
Mr. Parker: Yeah, mind power, Swede; mind power.

...Darren McGavin cemented his place in the pop culture pantheon with his portrayal of grizzled reporter and monster-chaser Carl Kolchak, The Night Stalker...

...a show which has been cited as a huge influence on Chris Carter, creator of the X-Files.

R.I.P. Darren. Life is, indeed, "Fra-Gee-Lay"...



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