He toned things down slightly in his finest performance, in A Christmas Story His portrayal of Ralphie's old man, fuming about furnaces, cars and neighbours' dogs, was leavened with twinkling fatherly affection. The film has deservedly become a holiday classic.
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He was best known for his starring role in the television series Mike Hammer , for his portrayal of newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak in two made-for-TV movies— The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler —and the cult TV series they inspired, Kolchak: The Night Stalker —75 , and for his performance as the grumpy dad in the motion picture A Christmas Story Darren McGavin. Info Print Cite.
A versatile leading and character actor who is equally adept at comedy as he is with drama, Darren McGavin has spent the bulk of his time on television and only occasionally appears in feature films. He also has extensive stage experience. In , he played the title role in the television detective drama Mike Hammer. In feature films, McGavin averaged a film or two per year; by , he had switched to television movies like The Outsider and The Challengers In , he played vampire-hunting investigative reporter Carl Kolchak in The Nightstalker, a popular television movie that successfully blended humor, suspense, and horror.