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Dick Sargent was an actor of film and television mostly remembered for his portrayal of Darrin Stephens on TV's Bewitched.
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Sargent became unavailable because he was under contract to Universal for Broadside. Grimes was also under contract and unable to play the part of Samantha. Sargent went on to play Tammy Grimes's brother on her short-lived series The Tammy Grimes Show in 1966.
By the time health problems forced Dick York (the original Darrin Stephens) to leave the series in 1969,
Sargent was no longer committed to Universal and he was finally able to take the part.
Sargent came in without a hitch and the switching of Darrins was done without any explanation at all. His three seasons on the popular show made him a household face, if not a household name.
After Bewitched ended its run in 1972, Dick continued to appear on TV with guest parts on Taxi, Alice, Fantasy Island and Three's Company. He also returned to feature films, including George C. Scott's Hardcore (1979) In between, he did voice work for commercials and performed live theater when he had the chance.
In 1989, Sargent was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Two years later, he revealed to the world he was homosexual after tabloid papers began to refer to his serious illness as AIDS-related.
Sargent's ABC press biography and the few interviews he had done during his years as Darrin Stephens had manufactured an ex-wife to avoid speculation about his sexuality. Sargent was never married, but had a long-time companion whom he was with for 20 years before the man's death from a cerebral hemorrhage in 1979. Sargent's companion from 1986-'94 was writer/producer Albert Williams.
Sargent personally felt great relief in finally being open about his lifestyle, and professionally felt that he was doing a great service to other homosexuals who could gain the courage to come out to their friends and family.
In June 1992, former co-star Elizabeth Montgomery rode with Sargent as he was honored as a Grand Marshal of the Los Angeles Gay Pride parade.
Despite radiation therapy and regular treatment for his cancer, Sargent died on July 8, 1994, in Los Angeles at the age of 64.
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