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New York City, New York, USA
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Hawaii Kai, Hawaii
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Adventures in Paradise
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George Cadogan Gardner McKay (June 10, 1932 – November 21, 2001) was an American actor, artist, and author. Born in New York City, McKay graduated from Cornell University, where he majored in art. He became a Hollywood heart throb in the 1950s and 1960s. His good looks, his 6`5" (1.96 m) 200 pound (91 kg) frame, and his love of sailing all helped him land him the leading role in the ABC television series Adventures in Paradise, based loosely on the writings of James Michener. His character, Adam Troy, was a Korean War veteran who purchased the twin-masted 82-foot (25 m) schooner Tiki, and sailed the South Pacific. McKay was under contract to MGM when he was spotted by Dominick Dunne, a television producer for Twentieth Century Fox who was searching for an actor to star in his planned Adventures in Paradise. Dunne put his business card on the table and said, "If you`re interested in discussing a television series, call me." McKay competed in screen tests with nine other candidates, and won it because of his good looks and ability to sail. An accomplished sailor, he had made eight Atlantic crossings by the age of seventeen. Although previously unknown to the public, McKay appeared on the July 6, 1959, cover of Life Magazine just two months before the series premiered.
In the 1957-1958 season, McKay played Lieutenant Dan Kelly in the 38-episode syndicated western series, Boots and Saddles, with Jack Pickard and Patrick McVey. After acting in more than 100 films for television, McKay left Hollywood to pursue his loves of photography, sculpture, and writing. He turned down the opportunity to star opposite Marilyn Monroe in Something`s Got to Give, a film which was never produced. He exhibited his sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, besides holding individual exhibitions. His lifeboat rescue photographs of the Andrea Doria were published internationally. McKay wrote many plays and novels, and was a literary critic for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner between 1977 and 1982. He taught writing classes at the University of California at Los Angeles, University of Southern California, University of Alaska, University of Hawaii.
McKay settled in Hawaii, where he died from prostate cancer in 2001 at the age of 69. He was survived by his wife Madeleine Madigan, a painter, and two children.
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George Cadogan Gardner McKay
George Cadogan Gardner McKay (June 10, 1932 – November 21, 2001) was an American actor, artist, and author.
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passed away on 21st Nov 2001 aged 69. |||
Gardner McKay passed away on 21st Nov 2001 aged 69.
Gardner McKay was in relationships with Laila Nyborg (1965), Barbara Bouchet (1963 - 1964), Irish McCalla (1962), Ann-Margret (1961), Dolores Hawkins (1961 - 1962), Dorothy Provine (1959), Greta Chi (1959 - 1961), Connie Stevens, Françoise Saint-Laurent, Jo Morrow, Agnès Laurent, Julie Newmar, Pamela Tiffin, Marsha Krell, Loretta Swit, Nancy Harmon, Patricia Medina, Cynthia Chenault, Suzanne Pleshette, Ziva Rodann, Princess Soraya, Suzy Parker, Maria Cooper Janis, Barbara Steele, Diane Baker, Joan Collins, Leslie Parrish, Tuesday Weld and Dany Saval.
Gardner McKay is a 69 year old American Novelist. Born George Cadogan Gardner McKay on 10th June, 1932 in New York City, New York, USA, he is famous for Adventures in Paradise. His zodiac sign is Gemini.
Gardner McKay is a member of the following lists:
American male short story writers,
Male short story writers and
Male actors from Hawaii.
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