Friday, December 12, 2008

The Night Stalker...

Independent News Service reporter Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) investigates the supernatural in this 1970s series. Kolchak has his work cut out for him as he tracks down Jack the Ripper, aliens, zombies, werewolves, vengeful spooks, Satanic dogs and a boogeyman from the Louisiana bogs. Guest stars include Richard Kiel, Phil Silvers, Keenan Wynn, Jamie Farr, Bernie Kopell, Tom Skerritt, Scatman Crothers, Dick Van Patten and Erik Estrada.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Darren McGavin (born William Lyle Richardson; May 7, 1922 – February 25, 2006) was an American actor best known for playing the title role in the television horror series Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and also his portrayal in the movie A Christmas Story of the grumpy father given to bursts of profanity that he never realizes his son overhears. He also appeared as the tough-talking, funny detective in the TV series Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer.

I remember this show so well as a kid... more like a teenager I should say. Darrin McGavin played Carl Kolchak, a report for a tabloid type newspaper who reported on strange and supernatural events. The show was one of my favorites and I loved the story lines as well as the comic relief in it. McGavin was brilliant in delivering the "funny" line at the right moment for the best effect. The show had a wide range of topics from the truly supernatural to true horror. I guess we all want to go back and relive a few special TV moments in our lives. Darrin McGavin passed away in 2006, but his work lives on through DVD. The entire first season is on DVD... there may be more, but I know for sure the first season is available. There's a small picture tribute to McGavin and the show below. If you remember this show as a kid, check out the video and look for it on DVD.

Tribute to Kolchak: The Night Stalker

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Anonymous said...

Night Stalker is truly a classic!
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frgodbeyjr said...

Yea... I really liked this show when I was a kid. The "Pimp-My-Profile" is a really cool site with a lot of templates to choose from. Thanks for the kind words about my Pinhead background. Glad you like it!

On Dark Wings said...

Saw a re-run on television of The Night Stalker, even for it's age, the storyline still freaks me out, good one for posting this!