Subject: ARCHIVE: September 9, 1975 ~Hollywood character actor John McGiver, who appeared in over 100 film/TV roles, apt in both dramatic and comedic roles, dies at 61, after two decades of screen roles. ...
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Date Posted:Saturday, September 09, 11:17:05am
American character actor who made more than a hundred appearances in
television and motion pictures over a two-decade span from 1955 to 1975.
The owl-faced, portly actor with the mid-Atlantic accent was known for his
performances in such films as Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) with Audrey Hepburn,
as well as drama's "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962); and "Midnight Cowboy" (1969). ...
[ John Irwin McGiver ]
(November 5, 1913 – September 9, 1975)
Early life ...
McGiver was born in Manhattan, New York City, the son of Irish immigrants. He graduated from the Jesuit-run Regis High School in Manhattan in 1932. He earned a B.A. in English from Fordham University in 1938 and master's degrees from Columbia University and Catholic University. He became an English teacher and worked as an actor and director in New York's Irish Repertory Theater. He interrupted those activities and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and served as an officer in the U.S. Army's 7th Armored Division in Europe during World War II. Returning to civilian life, he continued to teach English and speech at Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx and worked occasionally in off-Broadway plays until 1955, when he became a full-time actor.
In 1959, McGiver appeared in the episode "The Assassin" of NBC's espionage drama Five Fingers, starring David Hedison. In 1962, he appeared as Gramps in the episode "The Seventh Day of Creation" of the NBC medical drama about psychiatry, The Eleventh Hour, starring Wendell Corey and Jack Ging. He appeared in the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes "Six People No Music" and "Fatal Figures", and the Twilight Zone episode "Sounds and Silences". In 1971 he guest-starred in Alias Smith and Jones (season 1, episode 8, 'A Fistful of Diamonds'). In 1966, he appeared in Man's Favorite Sport?, which starred Rock Hudson and Paula Prentiss. Between 1963 and 1964, McGiver appeared in five episodes of The Patty Duke Show as J.R. Castle, who was Martin Lane's boss at the fictional newspaper The Chronicle.
...In the 1964–1965 television season, McGiver played the widower Walter Burnley, the head of the complaint department of a fictitious Los Angeles department store in the CBS sitcom Many Happy Returns. His costars included Elinor Donahue, Mark Goddard, Mickey Manners, and Elena Verdugo. He was also in an episode of Gilligan's Island in 1966, "The Man With a Net". He also made several guest appearances on ABC's hit fantasy sitcom Bewitched over the course of its eight seasons (1964-72).
McGiver, seen here in classic scene in 1961's "Breakfast at Tiffanys". ...
One of McGiver's Best performnces came in the lush
comedy 1967 comedy "Fitzwilly" as footman 'Albert'. ...
He appeared on many TV shows and commercials, including a Baggies spot in the 1960s, as well
as the first of a popular series of commercials for the American Express charge card ("Do you know me?"). ...
Personal life ...
McGiver was married to Ruth Schmigelsky from 1947 until his death; they had ten children:
Boris, Brigit, Maria, Terry, Basil, Clare, Oliver, Ian, Clemens and Cornelia.
Son Boris McGiver is an actor was best known for his role in TV's "The Wire",
and one of the stars of "House of Cards", with Kevin Spacey. ...
McGiver died of a heart attack on September 9, 1975 at his home
in West Fulton, New York at age 61. His remains were cremated.