September 4, 1928 - February 20, 1992
"You've got to keep trying..."
By far the most popular Darrin (1964-1969), he left the show Bewitched after filming 116
episodes because of a back injury he
received while he was on location for the Robert Rossen film, They Came to
Cordura, which starred Gary Cooper and Tab Hunter. He also suffered from
emphysema and spent his final years in an
overstuffed chair hooked up to an oxygen tank. I don't know if he considered
himself an artist, but
this is what he sent to me.
Dick was not a dick. This man spent most of his time on the telephone
raising money for the homeless and getting people to donate food and clothing.
His group was called "Acting for Life."
He once said, "You know, three whales get in trouble and people from all
over volunteer to help. Wouldn't it be wonderful if one old has-been actor with a
up his nose could help millions?"
Most reports claim that he died in his home at 5370 Belding Road, in
Rockford, Michigan on the afternoon of February 20, 1992. Dick was 63 years old.
Wanna see his
Services were held at 1 PM, on Feb 22, 1992, at the Pederson
Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street, in Rockford, and
he is interred in the Plainfield Township Cemetery.
Rest in peace, Dumb-Dumb.
Trivia: When he was replaced by Dick Sargent on Bewitched, the ratings
dropped 13 places.
UPDATE December 2004, from Findadeath friend
Enjoy your site. In
regard to Dick York, several years ago he would always be on WLUP radio station
here in Chicago via phone with Jonathan Brandmeier. Brandmeier would help
York raise money for the homeless, and upon hearing of a donation Brandmeier had
raised, York was quite moved. He thanked him and said, "John, that reminds
me of something my mother always said, "Reach for the light - a Bud
Light," cracking everyone up in the studio. Quite a man that could
sit in his home in Michigan raising money for the homeless while suffering, and
still crack a joke.
Unfortunately in 2011
the York home was demolished. Thank you FAD friend Glennes Page for
letting us know this sad news.
Read about Elizabeth Montgomery and the rest of the Bewitched cast, HERE.