February 25, 2006

Darren McGavin ("The Night Stalker," "A Christmas Story") Dead
— Ace

Weird. I just mentioned him.

Thanks to Mrrmm.

Posted by: Ace at 10:25 PM | Comments (30)
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1 Sadly we've also lost Don "Barney Fife" Knotts.
I wonder who's next?
You know the old, it happens in threes thing.

Posted by: The Real Steve at February 26, 2006 01:17 AM (n0lBX)

2 Damn!

Darren McGavin's performance in both of the noted shows was smagnificent. They were long-time favorites of mine.

Don Knotts entertained me for years as a kid.

I am depressed...

Posted by: Cheese_Tensor at February 26, 2006 03:03 AM (41Dd+)

3 McGavin was a favorite of mine too. He always improved what ever movie or television program he was in.

As to Don Knotts, anyone who can remember early television has nothing but fond memories of the guy.

Posted by: Enfant Perdu at February 26, 2006 04:08 AM (+7iMS)

4 Don Knotts died a few days ago? His Barney Fife character was genius. Very sad.

Posted by: adolfo velasquez at February 26, 2006 04:27 AM (xu2zJ)

5 He'll be remembered for a long, long time to come, as long as there is a Christmas, and as long as people still watch movies, his "Christmas Story" movie will be playing. It seems I end up watching it at least once every season.

I'll also always remember him from the "Night Stalker" TV show. I was a kid at the time and to me it was the...coolest...show...ever!

Posted by: Bill Slager at February 26, 2006 05:10 AM (sS7xV)

6 I wonder if the tapestry of profanity he wove on A Christmas Story is still revolving in space above Lake Michigan? I love that movie.

And The Night Stalker -- maybe the best made-for-tv horror movie ever. The follow-on series never quite lived up to it, though.

Posted by: Monty at February 26, 2006 05:29 AM (djE5R)

7 Wow, Ace is the voice of doom - like a poor man's banshee. Could you mention Cindy Sheehan next? Or Michael Moore?

Posted by: Joe at February 26, 2006 05:36 AM (YQiCK)

8 Weird. I just mentioned him.

You killed him!

On a reflective note, both men had long careers, long lives, and died surrounded by their family. Not a bad way to live and die.

Posted by: shawn at February 26, 2006 06:44 AM (awR/d)

9 Wow, Ace is the voice of doom - like a poor man's banshee. Could you mention Cindy Sheehan next? Or Michael Moore?
I don't think it works that way Joe. Ace has to come up with them on his own for them to die.

Too bad, because I have a list....

Posted by: HobbieHawk at February 26, 2006 07:05 AM (s1TeB)

10 Your clearly have the Weirding power, Ace. Please go back to your Nightstalker post and determine which was the killing word. We don't want you taking out Richie Cunningham or Chrissy from Three's Company.

Posted by: Biff Boff at February 26, 2006 07:45 AM (Wl3J8)

11 Somehow, I missed "A Christmas Story" this year, but I do love it. I read the original Jean Shepherd story and loved it because it was so evocative of a time that wasn't so long ago then. Usually, the movie only screws it up, but they got it dead...on.

"Frah-gee-lay."

Posted by: CraigC at February 26, 2006 07:49 AM (r7nqq)

12 "Double Dog Dare!"

Posted by: Iblis at February 26, 2006 08:56 AM (9221z)

13 Oh yeah? Well I triple-dog dare ya.

Posted by: CraigC at February 26, 2006 09:00 AM (r7nqq)

14 The queen mother of alll dirty words.


RIP Darren McGavin.

Posted by: Dave in Texas at February 26, 2006 10:03 AM (kZXj4)

15 Hey, don't joke around about the Triple Dog Dare. It must only be used for good and not for evil. And especially do not use it to get little boys to take off their clothes and run down the block naked. [From the lecture I gave after the fact to my neighbor's 6 and 4 y/o girls.]

Posted by: shawn at February 26, 2006 10:25 AM (awR/d)

16 I don't think I've ever laughed as hard as the first time I saw him trying to put his "major award" back together with glue, and the mom was in the background giggling.

Or when the cooks at the chinese restaurant were trying to sing christmas carols.

deck the hars wif bars of harie, fa-ra-ra-ra-ra, ra-ra-ra-ra

rip

Posted by: moflicky at February 26, 2006 12:03 PM (1zLWs)

17 So this is your fault? I have to agree with the poster above then, asking you to please mention Cindy Sheehan, but I'll add Code Pink, preferably before she gets to the US Military Hospital in Germany.

Posted by: Kathianne at February 26, 2006 12:33 PM (ActbR)

18 " The duck...it's...smiling at us!"

Posted by: Bill H at February 26, 2006 12:35 PM (Lvedx)

19 Darren McGavin and Don Knotts appeared in two movies together, Hot Lead and Cold Feet and No Deposit, No Return.

Here's a shot of them together.

Posted by: Mark @ a marble desk at February 26, 2006 12:46 PM (rFLG5)

20 Hey Ace, try an experiment.

Post something about Alan Thicke.

Posted by: Reddish Jode at February 26, 2006 04:08 PM (/ly3G)

21 Darren McGavin and Don Knotts appeared in two movies together, Hot Lead and Cold Feet and No Deposit, No Return.

Look at the IMDB page and see who else was in that movie. HINT: It's a favorite of Ace. No, it isn't Paul Anka.

Posted by: Russ from Winterset at February 26, 2006 04:17 PM (wZLWV)

22 Loose shit on me. I was talking about No Deposit, No Return, not the other one.

Posted by: Russ from Winterset at February 26, 2006 04:19 PM (wZLWV)

23 I barely remember Night Stalker, I only saw a couple of shows and to this day am still craving more of it. And I've seen Christmas Story hundreds of times and am still in awe at how great a movie it is!

Of course, re: Don Knotts, who can forget Das Limpet!

It's sad to lose two greats, but as Shawn said, "not a bad way to live or die" for both of the fine gentlemen.

Posted by: Ruth at February 26, 2006 04:21 PM (DTwYZ)

24 Russ:

Look at the IMDB page and see who else was in that movie. HINT: It's a favorite of Ace.Wow! Good catch! She'd have been 11 or 12 at the time, huh?

I'd say her name, but given the luck of celebrities on this blog, I'm afraid for her life (and Ace's) if I mention it.

Posted by: Mark @ a marble desk at February 26, 2006 05:03 PM (rFLG5)

25 Should I be concerned that I mentioned Mr. "youknowwho" earlier in this thread, or is the celebrity only in danger if Ace mentions them in the body of one of his posts?

Is Ace doing his blogging using Stephen King's "Word Processor of the Gods"?

Posted by: Russ from Winterset at February 26, 2006 06:27 PM (Ffvoi)

26 Man, no deposit, no return. I remember growing up when HBO had that thing on 24 hour autorepeat...

Posted by: joeindc44 at February 26, 2006 06:42 PM (znVZQ)

27 Russ, are you referring to Christie Powrie?
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1120780

Posted by: at February 26, 2006 06:44 PM (znVZQ)

28 No, it's K_m R____ds

Posted by: at February 27, 2006 02:18 AM (rFLG5)

29 Can you remeber CARL KOLCHAK?

Posted by: spurwing plover at February 27, 2006 04:54 AM (AlCYT)

30 I wonder who's next?
You know the old, it happens in threes thing.


Well we didn't have to wait long for that answer, Dennis Weaver died today too.

Posted by: at February 27, 2006 11:22 AM (3f3uN)

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