Dick Sargent

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Actor

Birth Date: April 19, 1930

Death Date: July 8, 1994

Birth Place: Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

An actor with a nervous, anxious quality and a good sense of comedy, Dick Sargent is remembered for his work in TV comedies of the 1960s and early 70s, especially as the perennially frazzled spouse of nose-twitching wife-cum-witch Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) on the popular sitcom "Bewitched." Sargent began appearing in light feature fare in the late 1950s including the teen comedy, "Bernardine" (1957) and the Pat Boone musical, "Mardi Gras" (1958). He sometimes played in dramas like "Captain Newman M.D." (1963) but more typically Sargent was cast in supporting roles in "That Touch of Mink" (1962), "Fluffy" (1965) and "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" (1966) as gawky small-towners, well-meaning but ineffectual types and comically tense businessmen.

Feature work picked up for Sargent during the 60s but some of his best-remembered work came in sitcoms during this time. "The Tammy Grimes Show" (1966) only lasted four episodes, but he played it likably straight on the "McHale's Navy" spin-off, "Broadside" (1964-65). "Bewitched" would guarantee Sargent his modest niche in popular memory. It is to his credit that his Darrin was an eminently suitable replacement given that the role had already been stamped so indelibly by Dick York, who left the series due to illness. Now that he possessed that great TV actor asset-- recognizability--Sargent was able to keep busy in guest spots on a wide range of TV series, as well as in TV-movies including the pilot for "Fantasy Island" (1977), "The Gossip Columnist" (1980) and "Acting on Impulse" (1993). He also successfully returned to features, admittedly minor ones like "The Clonus Horror" (1979), but often with prominent roles. One of his most amusing feature roles was as the father of a "Teen Witch" in that 1989 film (which also featured a character named Serena, Samantha's naughty cousin in "Bewitched"). Late in life Sargent gained media attention in his 60s when, on 1991's National Coming Out Day, he announced that he was gay, and for the rest of his life was proud to be labeled a "retroactive role model."

Credits

Acting on Impulse

Actor
Mr. Randolph
Movie
1993

The CommishStream

Guest Star
Martin Belzer
Series
1991

Estrella de 20 Dólares

Actor
Movie
1991

Frame Up

Actor
Will Curran
Movie
1991

Twenty Dollar Star

Actor
Mr. Brandon
Movie
1991

Columbo: Uneasy Lies the Crown

Self
Movie
1990

Colombo: Dente per dente

Actor
Movie
1990

Teen Witch

Actor
Frank Miller
Movie
1989

ロック・ホラー・ベイビー/死霊の子守唄

Actor
Movie
1988

Body Count

Actor
Charles Knight
Movie
1986

Murder, She WroteStream

Guest Star
George Selby
Series
1984

Super PasswordStream

Guest
Game Show
1984

Finder of Lost Loves

Guest Star
Series
1984

Family TiesStream

Guest Star
Series
1982

I'm Going to Be Famous

Actor
The Director
Movie
1981

Trapper John, M.D.

Guest Star
Series
1979

BensonStream

Guest Star
Series
1979

The Dukes of HazzardStream

Actor
Sheriff Grady Byrd
Series
1979

The Dukes of HazzardStream

Guest Star
Sheriff Grady Byrd
Series
1979

Parts: The Clonus Horror

Actor
Dr. Jameson
Movie
1979

HardcoreStream

Actor
Wes DeJong
Movie
1979
76%

Diff'rent Strokes

Guest Star
Series
1978

TaxiStream

Guest Star
Attorney John Bickers
Series
1978

Fantasy Island

Guest Star
Series
1978

The Clonus Horror

Actor
Dr. Jameson
Movie
1978

Three's CompanyStream

Guest Star
Series
1977

Fantasy Island

Actor
Algernon Pepperhill
Movie
1977

AliceStream

Guest Star
Series
1976

Charlie's AngelsStream

Guest Star
Series
1976

TattletalesStream

Guest
Game Show
1974

Melvin Purvis: G-Man

Actor
Thatcher Covington
Movie
1974

The Six Million Dollar ManStream

Guest Star
Bob Crandall
Series
1973

Fools, Females and Fun

Actor
Roger Morris
Movie
1973

The Streets of San FranciscoStream

Guest Star
Boyd Caldwell
Series
1972

The WaltonsStream

Guest Star
Series
1972

McMillan & Wife

Guest Star
Dr. Jim Vale
Series
1971

ColumboStream

Guest Star
Dick Sargent
Series
1971

Love, American Style

Actor
Series
1969

Here's LucyStream

Guest Star
Series
1968

Live a Little, Love a Little

Actor
Harry
Movie
1968

Rat PatrolStream

Guest Star
Lt. Kemper
Series
1966

The Tammy Grimes Show

Actor
Terence Ward; Tammy's brother
Series
1966

The Ghost and Mr. ChickenStream

Actor
George Beckett
Movie
1966
67%

I Dream of JeannieStream

Guest Star
Norman Cashman
Series
1965

Fluffy

Actor
Tommy
Movie
1965

Billie

Actor
Matt Bullitt
Movie
1965

Broadside

Actor
Lieutenant Maxwell Trotter
Show
1964

BewitchedStream

Actor
Darrin Stephens
Series
1964

For Love or Money

Actor
Harvey Wofford
Movie
1963

Alfred Hitchcock HourStream

Actor
Series
1962

That Touch of MinkStream

Actor
Young Man
Movie
1962
78%

Dr. Kildare

Guest Star
Series
1961

HazelStream

Guest Star
Series
1961

One Happy Family

Actor
Dick Cooper
Show
1961

The Great Impostor

Actor
Hotchkiss
Movie
1960

Operation PetticoatStream

Actor
Ens. Stovall
Movie
1959
81%

Mardi Gras

Actor
Dick Saglon
Movie
1958

Wagon TrainStream

Guest Star
Series
1957

Bernardine

Actor
Sanford Wilson
Movie
1957

GunsmokeStream

Guest Star
Bud Bones
Series
1955

The Beast With a Million Eyes

Actor
Deputy Larry Brewster
Movie
1955

MedicStream

Guest Star
Clyde
Series
1954

Death Valley DaysStream

Actor
Cliff Streeter
Series
1952

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