Monday, March 8, 2010

Smart Actors Make for Interesting People, No. 2

I am, and always will be, a Dick York kinda guy.

But Dick Sargent had a lot on the ball. And, I'm surprised to learn, was the original choice for the role of Darrin Stephens in 1964. He was, however, under contract to a different studio, and they refused to release him.

Born Richard Stanford Cox in 1930, the actor was making his film debut by the age of 26, assuming the name Dick Sargent. His thought processes were revealed on a Merv Griffin show in 1975. . . .
Stanley Myron Handelman (another guest on Merv): Why did you change your name?

Dick Sargent: No one would have taken Dick Cox seriously. . . .

Dick Sargent, here's to you!

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