Remembering Darren McGavin.
The veteran of stage, screen and television is best known as the supernatural investigator in TV’s “Kolchak: The Night Stalker,” and had a recurring role on “Murphy Brown” as Candice Bergen’s father. He played a bookie in “The Natural,” and was a drug dealer opposite Frank Sinatra in “The Man With the Golden Arm.”
However, it was his performance as Ralphie Parker’s Dad (aka The Old Man) in the 1983 film “A Christmas Story” which will forever be etched in my mind.
Who could forget the scene of the delivery of the big wooden box that read “FRAGILE?” Upon seeing this, McGavin’s character read it: “Frah-JEE-Lay ... It must be Italian!”
What followed was the actual opening of the big crate. You remember the big “Leg Lamp” emerging from the box, with “The Old Man’s” delighted reaction? One of many scenes in that movie which will live on in cinematic lore!