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Dick York

Darrin Stephens

Dick York was born in Fort Wayne, Ind. Sept. 4 , 1928. He began his career at age 15 in the radio program That Brewster Boy before moving on to a career in film and TV. He had a major role in the 1960 classic Inherit the Wind and appeared in many shows (both live and filmed), including The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Route 66, Rawhide, Wagon Train, Father Knows Best and Kraft Theater.

York was nominated for an Emmy in 1968 for playing the role of Darrin on Bewitched. Unfortunately, in 1969 he was forced to leave the show because of declining health resulting from a spinal injury he suffered a decade earlier during the filming of They Came to Cordura. Dick Sargent replaced York in the series.

After Bewitched, York made guest appearances on shows including Simon and Simon, Fantasy Island and Our Time, a mid-1980s NBC summer show hosted by Karen Valentine. He later founded Acting for Life, a private fund-raising effort for the homeless. York lived the last years of his life in Rockford, Mich., and remained a staunch and outspoken advocate for the homeless. He died Feb. 20, 1992.

Character Bio

An advertising executive with McMann and Tate on Madison Avenue in NYC, Darrin's life would never be the same after bumping into Samantha several times on one fateful day in Manhattan. Their courtship was brief but intense, and it wasn't until their wedding night that Samantha confessed to Darrin that she is a witch. To maintain his sanity Darrin asks Samantha to love, honorÂ… and give up witchcraft. Darrin is prone to temperamental outbursts, which are usually instigated by Samantha's family and their constant meddling. The witch-mortal communication gap aside, Darrin is extremely devoted to his family.