McKay, Gardner

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Gardner McKay
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Name
McKay, Gardner Gender: M
George Cadogan Gardner McKay
born on 10 June 1932 at 00:15 (= 12:15 AM )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w0
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Steinbrecher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 19°03' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 27°18 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 23°41'



Biography

American actor, extremely handsome. He became typecast in adventure-action roles, the TV series "Boots and Saddles" 1957-58" and "Adventures in Paradise" 1959-62. Bored by success and burdened with fame, McKay left Hollywood, working as a crew member on yachts in the Caribbean and living in the Egyptian desert with the Camel Corps. He climbed Venezuela's 3,200-ft Angel Falls and hiked in the Amazon. He tried sculpting, photography and teaching, immersing himself in each briefly until moving on to the next. Finally, he moved to Hawaii and took to writing, turning out a series of novels.

The son of an ad executive, McKay had a privileged youth in New York and Paris. He first yielded to his wanderlust at 15, running away from home to spend the summer on a small sailboat in New England. In the early '50s he entered Cornell University but quit after two years to study drama in Greenwich Village, hanging out with his pal James Dean. By the late '50s, he found instant stardom with the TV series that featured his dark good looks. The Hollywood lifestyle was much too confining, so he began his years of wandering. It was a visit to Hawaii in 1980 where he met, and a few years later, married Madeleine Madigan, a painter with a young daughter. The couple live in a lush hillside home above Oahu's Maunalua Bay. McKay works in a backyard cottage where he can concentrate on his writing.

During the impeachment proceedings of President Bill Clinton, he wrote an editorial in the Honolulu Advertiser in January 1999 suggesting that homicide was more fitting than censure. The very next day he found six Secret Service agents on the doorstep of the house he shares with Madeline - who were not amused.

Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999, he went not softly but raged, "I can't die. I've too much work to do. I have a life, I love my wife." He died on 11/21/2001.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

  • Work : Begin Major Project 1957 (TV series, "Boots and Saddles," 21 yrs.)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1959 (Appeared in TV series, three yrs.)
  • Health : Medical diagnosis 1999 (Diagnosed prostate cancer)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released January 1999 (Novel released, "Toyer")
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Source Notes

Steinbrecher quotes Betty Collines from McKay

Categories

  • Traits : Body : Appearance gorgeous (Very handsome)
  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (Affluent family)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage - Very happy (Loved his wife for close to 20 years)
  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never (Married in his 50's)
  • Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids (Step-daughter)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids none
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Sculpting, secondary)
  • Vocation : Art : Photography (Secondary)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Secondary)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star (Boots and Saddles, Adventures in Paradise)
  • Vocation : Travel : Adventurer (Caribbean, Egypt, Venezuela)
  • Vocation : Travel : Crew/ Ship, Train, Bus (Sailor on crew)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction

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