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Dick Sargent
Born Richard Stanford Cox
April 19, 1930(1930-04-19)
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, U.S.
Died July 8, 1994 (aged 64)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other name(s) Richard Sargent
Occupation Actor
Years active 1954–1993
Domestic partner(s) Albert Williams (1986–1994)

Dick Sargent (April 19, 1930 – July 8, 1994) was an American actor, notable as the second actor to portray Darrin Stephens on the television series Bewitched. The actor took the name Dick Sargent from a Saturday Evening Post illustrator/artist of the same name.

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Biography

Born as Richard Stanford Cox in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, Sargent had appeared in films since his debut in 1956. When Dick York was forced to leave the Bewitched series owing to health problems in 1969, Sargent stepped into the role. He had first been offered the role in 1964 but was under contract to Universal Studios and unable to accept it. Sargent played Darrin until the show ended in 1972.

When Sargent and comic Stanley Myron Handelman were on Merv Griffin Show in 1975, the comic asked Sargent why he had changed his birth name from Cox. Sargent said wryly, "No one would have taken Dick Cox seriously".

Sargent continued to work in film and made numerous guest appearances on various TV shows, including one episode of The Waltons (with the second John-Boy, Robert Wightman), and two early episodes of The Dukes of Hazzard as Sheriff Grady Byrd. He played himself in a 1993 Columbo episode as well as on an episode of Knots Landing. In the mid-eighties, he played the role of Richard Preston, the widowed father, in the syndicated sitcom Down to Earth. In the 1980s, he joined actress Sally Struthers as an advocate of the "Christian Children's Fund", which brought relief to third world children.

He also played a role in another witch-themed movie called Teen Witch (1989).

Personal life

Later in life, Sargent declared publicly that he was gay and supported gay rights issues. He had long hidden his sexual orientation, appearing with lesbian actress Fannie Flagg on Tattletales as a couple. Sargent lived with his domestic partner, Albert Williams, for more than a decade, until his death.

In June 1992, Sargent was a Grand Marshal of the Los Angeles Gay Pride parade along with actress and former co-star Elizabeth Montgomery.

Death

Dick Sargeant died in 1994 from prostate cancer, aged 64 and his remains were cremated.

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