Patrick McVey

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Patrick McVey
Jane Nigh Patrick McVey Big Town 1952.JPG
McVey with Jane Nigh in Big Town, 1952.
Born (1910-03-17)March 17, 1910
Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.
Died July 6, 1973(1973-07-06) (aged 63)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Resting place
Cremation
Other names Pat McVeigh
Pat McVey
Occupation Actor
Years active 1941–1973
Spouse(s) Courteen Landis

Patrick McVey (March 17, 1910 – July 6, 1973) was an American actor who starred in three television series between 1950 and 1961, Big Town, Boots and Saddles, and Manhunt.

Early life and career[edit]

McVey was born in Fort Wayne in Allen County in northeastern Indiana. He had experience on stage prior to his film debut in 1941, when he made uncredited appearances in eight films, beginning with Caught in the Draft. More than a dozen uncredited film roles followed in 1942. In 1946, he appeared in director Jean Yarbrough's thriller, The Brute Man. McVey seldom rose above supporting player roles in films but had more success on television.

A life member of The Actors Studio,[1] McVey made his small screen debut on September 5, 1950, in the early but long-running CBS series Suspense. On the following week's episode, he had his first starring role, and less than a month later, McVey began a four-year role (160 episodes) as Steve Wilson, the crusading managing editor of the fictitious Illustrated Press, in Big Town, a melodrama set in a newspaper office in a large American city. He left the series in 1954. That same year, McVey appeared in two episodes of NBC's Kraft Television Theater. Thereafter, McVey guest starred on The Gale Storm Show, The Millionaire, Playhouse 90, Hazel, Bourbon Street Beat, and in four Westerns: The Restless Gun, Man Without a Gun, Sugarfoot, and Bat Masterson.

From 1957 to 1958, McVey co-starred in the syndicated series Boots and Saddles as Lieutenant Colonel Wesley Hayes. After the series ended in 1958, McVey was cast as police reporter Ben Andrews in another syndicated series, Manhunt. Manhunt was canceled in 1961, and McVey continued his career with guest roles on various television series including General Electric Theater, Cheyenne, Tombstone Territory, The Rifleman, Have Gun – Will Travel, The Virginian, Gunsmoke and three appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of District Attorney Covington in the 1959 episode, "The Case of the Dubious Bridegroom."

McVey's last television roles were in the CBS drama The Nurses, and as the character John Harris in the ABC soap opera Dark Shadows (1966). In 1968, he was cast in Frank Sinatra's The Detective. McVey made his last on-screen appearance in the 1973 film Bang the Drum Slowly.

Personal life and death[edit]

McVey was married to Courteen Landis, a Broadway performer, before he died on July 6, 1973. His ashes were scattered into the Atlantic Ocean.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 

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