Tyler McVey

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Tyler McVey
Tyler McVey in Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959).jpg
William Tyler McVey

(1912-02-14)February 14, 1912
DiedJuly 4, 2003(2003-07-04) (aged 91)
Resting placeElm Lawn Cemetery, Bay City, Michigan
Years active1951–1993
Spouse(s)Lorraine Budge McVey
(m. 1937; div. 19??)
Rita Ann Stickelmaier
(m. 1950; div. 1970)

Esther Geddes
(m. 1971)

William Tyler McVey (February 14, 1912 – July 4, 2003) was an American character actor of film and television.

Early years[edit]

McVey was born Bay City, Michigan, to William David McVey and his wife, the former Jessie Arvilla Tyler. His mother died of tuberculosis when he was one year old and his father allowed his maternal grandparents to raise him. He gained early acting experience in amateur productions in his hometown.[1] He began acting when he was a student at Bay City High School.[2]


His first screen role, uncredited, came in 1951, where he portrayed Brady in The Day the Earth Stood Still. He was uncredited in two 1953 military films, From Here to Eternity as Major Stern and in Mission over Korea as Colonel Colton.[citation needed]

He made one of his first television appearances in a 1953 episode of Four Star Playhouse. During the 1950s, McVey guest starred in episodes of many series, including The Restless Gun, Gunsmoke, Dragnet, The Lone Ranger, I Love Lucy, Tales of Wells Fargo, Colt .45, Hallmark Hall of Fame, My Friend Flicka, Highway Patrol, It's a Great Life and Annie Oakley. From 1953 to 1956, he guest starred on the CBS educational series You Are There, narrated by Walter Cronkite. From 1959 to 1960, McVey portrayed Major General Norgath in the CBS series Men into Space.

In 1964, McVey was cast as General Hardesty in the political thriller film Seven Days in May.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, McVey continued guest starring in episodic television, including roles on The Tom Ewell Show, Kentucky Jones, National Velvet, My Three Sons, The Rebel, The Everglades, Bat Masterson, Death Valley Days (as cattle baron John Chisum in the 1956 episode, "Pat Garrett's Side of It"), Checkmate, Ripcord, The Wild, Wild West, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Ironside and Eight Is Enough. His last roles were in 1985 and 1986 as different ministers in two episodes of Highway to Heaven.[citation needed]

McVey also acted on radio programs, including Gene Autry's Melody Ranch, Glamour Manor, and One Man's Family.[3]

Other professional activities[edit]

In the 1960s, McVey was president of the Los Angeles, California, local of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, later served as national President.[4] He was a founding member of the AFTRA/SAG Credit Union.

Personal life and death[edit]

McVey was married three times; first to Lorraine Budge in 1937. After their divorce, he married Rita Ann Stickelmaier in 1950 before they divorced in 1970. In 1971, McVey married Esther Geddes. He died of leukemia in Rancho Mirage, California. He is interred in Elm Lawn Cemetery in Bay City, Michigan.[5]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2. P. 179.
  2. ^ "Michigan Look For Cochise Series". Detroit Free Press. August 18, 1957. p. 73. Retrieved July 28, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Buxton, Frank and Owen, Bill (1972). The Big Broadcast: 1920-1950. The Viking Press. SBN 670-16240-x. P. 96, 98, 178..
  4. ^ "Video Actor Tyler McVey Elected to Top Union Post". The Van Nuys News. California, Van Nuys. February 20, 1964. p. 128. Retrieved July 21, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ Wilson, Scott. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2 (Kindle Locations 25047-25048). McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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