Tyler McVey

William Tyler McVey, known as Tyler McVey (February 14, 1912 July 4, 2003), was an American character actor of film and television.

Tyler McVey
Born(1912-02-14)February 14, 1912
DiedJuly 4, 2003(2003-07-04) (aged 91)
Years active19511993
Spouse(s)Lorraine Budge McVey (m. 1937?)
Rita Ann Stickelmaier (m. 19501970)

Esther Geddes (m. 19712003)

Early years

McVey was born Bay City, Michigan, to William David McVey and his wife, the former Jessie Arvilla Tyler. His mother died of tuberculosis when he was one year old and his father allowed his maternal grandparents to raise him. He gained early acting experience in amateur productions in his hometown.[1]


His first screen role, uncredited, came in 1951, where he portrayed Brady in The Day the Earth Stood Still. He was uncredited in two 1953 military films, From Here to Eternity as Major Stern and in Mission over Korea as Colonel Colton.

He made one of his first television appearances in a 1953 episode of Four Star Playhouse. During the 1950s, McVey guest starred in episodes of The Restless Gun, Dragnet, The Lone Ranger, I Love Lucy, Tales of Wells Fargo, Sheriff of Cochise, Colt .45 (as Col. Ben Williams in the 1960 episode "Absent Without Leave"), Bourbon Street Beat, Hallmark Hall of Fame, My Friend Flicka, Highway Patrol, It's a Great Life, Annie Oakley, and The Man and the Challenge. From 1953 to 1956, he guest starred on the CBS educational series You Are There, narrated by Walter Cronkite.

From 1959 to 1960, McVey portrayed Major General Norgath in the CBS series Men into Space. In 1964, McVey was cast as General Hardesty in the political thriller film Seven Days in May. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, McVey continued guest starring in episodic television, including roles on National Velvet, My Three Sons, The Rebel, The Everglades, Bat Masterson, Death Valley Days (as cattle baron John Chisum in the 1956 episode, "Pat Garrett's Side of It," with Alex Sharp (1921-2008) as Pat Garrett and Joel Collins as Billy the Kid), Checkmate, Redigo, Ripcord, The Wild, Wild West, The F.B.I., Bonanza, Ironside, Ellery Queen, and Eight Is Enough. His last roles were in 1985 and 1986 as different ministers in two episodes of Highway to Heaven.

McVey also acted on radio programs, including Gene Autry's Melody Ranch, Glamour Manor, and One Man's Family.[2]

Other professional activities

In the 1960s, McVey was president of the Los Angeles, California, local of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, later served as national President.[3] He was a founding member of the AFTRA/SAG Credit Union.

Personal life and death

McVey was married three times; first to Lorraine Budge in 1937. After their divorce, he married Rita Ann Stickelmaier in 1950 before they divorced in 1970. In 1971, McVey married Esther Geddes. He died of leukemia in Rancho Mirage, California.

Selected filmography


  1. DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2. P. 179.
  2. Buxton, Frank and Owen, Bill (1972). The Big Broadcast: 1920-1950. The Viking Press. SBN 670-16240-x. P. 96, 98, 178..
  3. "Video Actor Tyler McVey Elected to Top Union Post". The Van Nuys News. California, Van Nuys. February 20, 1964. p. 128. Retrieved July 21, 2016 via Newspapers.com.
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