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Dick Sargent



His father was a World War I flying ace, and his mother was a silent film actress. His name was Richard Cox until he changed it to Dick Sargent, fearing that casting directors of the 1950s would assume he was trying to capitalize on the success of then-hot TV star Wally Cox. In films since 1957's Bernardine, Sargent was also a regular on several one-season-wonder TV series of the '60s; his oddest gig was on the very short-lived The Tammy Grimes Show (1966), playing the star's twin brother. Sargent's latter-day fame rests with his five-season (1969-73) tenure as the "second Darrin Stevens" on the weekly sitcom Bewitched. "I don't know why (Dick York) quit the show" commented Sargent at the time he succeeded York as Darrin. "I just thank God that he did." At the peak of his popularity, Sargent listed a failed first marriage on his studio biography. This, however, was a subterfuge, calculated to keep the actor's homosexuality a secret. Many years after the cancellation of Bewitched, Sargent became incensed at California governor Pete Wilson's veto of a gay-rights bill. At this point, the actor deliberately put his career on the line by making public his own sexual orientation. Thus, Sargent was one of the first major Hollywood actors to voluntarily come out of the closet without the spectre of AIDS hanging over him. Dick Sargent died of prostate cancer at the reported age of 61.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Acting on Impulse
  • Mr. Randolph
1993
No Score Yet Frame Up
  • Will Curran
1991
No Score Yet Twenty Dollar Star
  • Lisa's Father
1991
43% Teen Witch
  • Frank
1989
No Score Yet Murder by Numbers
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Body Count
  • Charles Knight
1987
No Score Yet Parts, The Clonus Horror
  • Dr. Jameson
1979
85% Hardcore
  • Wes DeJong
1979
No Score Yet Fantasy Island
  • Charles Hollander
1977
No Score Yet Melvin Purvis, G-Man
  • Thatcher Covington
1974
No Score Yet The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell
  • Capt. Elwood Prohaska
1968
No Score Yet Live a Little, Love a Little
  • Harry
1968
67% The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
  • George Beckett
1966
No Score Yet Billie
  • Matt Bullitt
1965
No Score Yet Captain Newman, M.D.
  • Lt. Alderson
1963
78% That Touch of Mink
  • Young Man
1962
No Score Yet The Great Imposter
  • Hotchkiss
1961
84% Operation Petticoat
  • Stovall
1959
No Score Yet Mardi Gras
  • Dick Saglon
1958
No Score Yet The Beast with a Million Eyes
  • Deputy Larry Brewster
1955

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
Diff'rent Strokes
1978-1986
  • Stone

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