To mark the birthday anniversary of the late great Darren McGavin, today we take another look at “The Deadly Quest Affair,” the episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. that first aired just in time for Halloween on October 30, 1967. McGavin is exotic villain Viktor Karmak, complete with pet leopard. Timothy, as Karmak’s torpedo Stefan, is divesting Robert Vaughn and Marlyn Mason of weapons or anything else that would give them an unfair advantage as the plot unfolds.
Tim appeared with McGavin again the following year in the first episode of the series The Outsider, “For Members Only,” which I’m still working on finding a copy of. McGavin certainly ruled a big part of my teen years as Kolchak: The Night Stalker in the mid-1970s. He passed away in 2006 and is greatly missed.
Didn’t Darren McGavin also appear in a TV series about a riverboat captain? We watched it in black and white in the UK but it may have been in colour in the States.
That must be Riverboat (1959). It is just coming out on DVD. The series has Jack Lambert in a recurring role, and lots of other interesting actors, including a couple of appearances by Robert J. Wilke, one of the greatest of tough guys. Looks like a boxed set to buy.
Darren McGavin also was television’s original Mike Hammer, which is also out on DVD and on my wish list along with Riverboat.
Actually Tim would have made a good Mike Hammer. Nobody sneered better than Tim.