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McGuire, Paul Stoddard
in: 65 episodes
episode: # 193, March 22, 1967
episode: # 953, February 18, 1970
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 14, 1918
October 12, 2002, smoke inhalation
Dennis Patrick Harrison's first taste of life on the stage came
at the age of 8, at the Flatbush Theatre in Brooklyn. He appeared
in a production of H.M.S. Pinafore.
he got older, Dennis dropped his last name and worked in radio serials,
including Hilltop House and The O'Neils. Besides stage
performances in New York, he also appeared on television. "I
narrated the first St. Patrick's Day Parade for TV, and I was in
the first TV production of MacBeth," he once told a
reporter. "I was in 52 leading TV roles during a 26-week period
next year, Dennis played one of the first vampires on TV,
in an episode of Stage 13.
In 1954 he was part of the original cast of The Secret Storm.
Elizabeth's unwanted houseguest, Jason McGuire, Dennis joined the
Dark Shadows cast in 1967. After that character was killed by vampire
Barnabas Collins, he returned to the show as Elizabeth's long-lost
husband, Paul Stoddard, in 1969.
1970, he played a golf pro on Somerset.
met Barbara Cason while they appeared together on Broadway in Marat
Sade. He described his first impression of her later to TV
Radio Show magazine: "She has such a marvelous figure,
like a dancer! I asked her to cue me, and she was so helpful."
The actor was separated from his first wife at the time, and soon
romance blossomed with his co-star. They married four years later
- just a week after the premiere of House of Dark Shadows,
in which they both appeared.
actor's hair went gray when he was in his early 20s, and at first
he dyed it. "But when my face matured, I let it stay gray,"
he said. "It pays more."
One of those better-paying gigs was as J.R. Ewing's nemesis Vaughn Leland on the phenomenally successful night-time soap Dallas in the 1980s. In one of the biggest cliffhangers in TV history, the devilish oilman (Larry Hagman) was gunned down, leaving millions of fans asking, "Who shot J.R.?" Of course just about everyone in the cast had a reason to want him dead, and Vaughn was a prime suspect. (He didn't do it; J.R.'s sister-in-law, Kristin, pulled the trigger.)
|In August 1980, Dennis Patrick made the cover of Time magazine when his Dallas character was one of many with a motive to shoot J.R. Ewing.
Dennis remained a busy character actor well into his senior years. He was a frequent, popular guest at Dark Shadows Festivals.
years of failing health, the actor died in October 2002 in a house
(Scroll down past Dennis' credits to read some Trivia Tidbits about his life and career.)
|Dennis Patrick signs an autograph for a fan at the 2000 DS Festival.
TV: Max Monroe: Loose Cannon (Brother Gregory, 1990), Paradise
(1989), Murder She Wrote (1989), Bronx Zoo (1988), Night Court,
St. Elsewhere (1987), It's Garry Shandling's Show (1987), Me and
Mrs. C (1986), Mary (1986), Remington Steele (1986), Codename Foxfire
(1985), Simon and Simon (1985), Rituals (Patrick Chapin, 1984-85),
Murder She Wrote, Fall Guy (1983), Dallas (Vaughn Leland, 1981-85),
Quincy (Charles Curtis, 1980), The Lazarus Syndrome (1980), The
Runaways (Tom Rossmore, 1980), Hawaii Five-O (Elliott Webster, 1979),
Quincy (Larsten, 1979), American Girls (Harmon Brooks, 1979), Incredible
Hulk (Buck, 1979), $weepstake$ (Senator Groves, 1979), Barnaby Jones
(Christie, 1978), Whatever Happened to the Class of '65? (Philip
Demmin, 1978), Eight is Enough (Harry Mitchell, 1978), All in the
Family (Godie Lloyd, 1978), Mary Hartman Mary Hartman (1977), Six
Million Dollar Man (Carlton Harris, 1976), Bionic Woman (Carlton
Harris, 1976), Rockford Files (Walter Hart, 1976), The Barbary Coast,
Kate McShane (Conrad), Kojak (Dexter, 1976), Bert D'Angelo (Captain
Jack Braeden), Cannon (John Sturdivant, 1975), Streets of San Francisco
(Charles Tyler), McMillan and Wife (George Church), Kojak (1974),
Emergency (Trader Jack), The Rookies (insurance agent, 1973), Ironside
(Arnold Gardner, 1972), O'Hara U.S. Treasury (Dalton Young, 1972),
Bracken's World (1970), Mod Squad (1970), Big Valley (2 episodes;
Ted Halyard, Crawford), , Mannix, Lost in Space (Keema), Coronet
Blue, The Defenders (1965), Perry Mason (Martin Somers), The Untouchables
(Gil Haller, 1961), Bonanza (Sam Bord, 1960), Mike Hammer (1950s
SPECIAL: Macbeth (Macduff), Clifford Avenue Kids.
FILMS: War and Remembrance (Admiral, 1988, miniseries), Wet
Gold (1984), The Sophisticated Gents (Wilbur Marcus, 1981), Advice
to the Lovelorn (Dave Marsh, 1981, pilot), Georgia Peaches (Wade
Holt, 1980, pilot), The Missiles of October (1977), Panic on the
5:22 (Dudley Stevenson, 1974), Code Name: Diamond Head (Commander
Yarnell, 1977, pilot), The First 36 Hours of Dr. Durant (Mr. Wesco,
1975), Death Squad (The Commissioner, 1974), Night Games (Judge
Medford, 1974), Kidnapped, Macbeth, My Heart's In the Highlands,
Taming of the Shrew.
Over 1950 TV shows including Emmy-winning A Gift of Tears.
COMMERCIALS: A-1 Steak Sauce, Benson & Hedges, Blue Bonnett
Chances Are (1989), The Jungle, The Tesla Story, aka The Secret
of Nikola Tesla (Thomas Edison, 1980), Joe (1970), Tiger by the
Tail (1970), House of Dark Shadows (Sheriff Patterson, 1970), Dear
Dead Delilah (1972), Daddy's Gone a Hunting (1969), Major Dundee
(1965), The Painting, C Man (1949).
The Seagull (Dr. Dorn, 1983, NYC), Any Wednesday (Senior Executive,
1980, San Diego), The Tender Trap (1970), Marat/Sade (Marat, 1967),
Kiss Me Kate, Saint Joan (1956), The Liar, Seven Mirrors (NYC),
Dear Ruth, George Washington Slept Here, Charley's Aunt, Red Roses
for Me, The Silver Tassie, Cock-a-Doodle Dandy, The Hasty Heart,
Saint Joan, Plaza Suite, The Little Hut.
Harvey (Cabbie), The Wayward Saint (1955, won Theatre World Award),
Heard on RCA album recording, Joan of Arc.