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Gardner McKay was an actor who graced the silver screen many times throughout his Hollywood career. He spent 18 month traveling throughout Egypt and Libya. In 1973, he co-directed a TV adaptation of the play "Untold Damage," starring Geraldine Fitzgerald and Richard Dreyfuss. He spent part of his formative years in Europe (Paris, Madrid, Rome and Florence). In 1995, he began a weekly program on Hawaii Public Radio, reading from his own fiction. In 1957, he co-starred in the syndicated Western series "Boots and Saddles: The Story of the Fifth Cavalry." McKay started off his career in film with roles in the Montgomery Clift dramatic adaptation "Raintree County" (1957) and the Clifton Webb comedy adaptation "Holiday For Lovers" (1959). McKay also appeared in "The Pleasure Seekers" (1964), "I Sailed to Tahiti With an All Girl Crew" (1969) and "Sea Marks" (PBS, 1975-76). Later in his career, McKay appeared on the documentary "Journey Inside Tibet" (1999) with Paul Horn. McKay passed away in November 2001 at the age of 69.
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While returning from Paris with Suzy Parker on the ocean liner 'Ile de France', ship stopped to pick up survivors of the Andrea Doria wreck; McKay took photographs which were widely syndicated
Made an uncredited appearance in "Raintree County"
Co-starred in the syndicated Western series "Boots and Saddles: The Story of the Fifth Cavalry"
Became a TV star as Capt. Adam Troy on "Adventures in Paradise" (ABC)
Offered the starring role opposite Marilyn Monroe in "Something's Got to Give"; he turned down the part and quit acting
Appeared in "The Pleasure Seekers"
Last film, "I Sailed to Tahiti with an All-Girl Crew"
Co-directed a TV adaptation of the play "Untold Damage," starring Geraldine Fitzgerald and Richard Dreyfuss
Had perhaps his biggest stage success as a playwright with "Sea Marks"
PBS broadcast an adaptation of his play "Sea Marks"
Began a weekly program on Hawaii Public Radio, reading from his own fiction