Dick Sargent
Name at BirthRichard Stanford Cox
BornApril 19, 1930
BirthplaceCarmel-by-the-Sea, California, U.S.
DiedJuly 8, 1994 (aged 64)
Place of deathLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Domestic partnerAlbert Williams (1986–1994; Sargent's death)

Dick Sargent (April 19, 1930 – July 8, 1994), born Richard Stanford Cox, was an American actor, best known for his portrayal of "the second Darrin Stephens" on the television series Bewitched.


Born in Carmel, California, Sargent had appeared in films since his debut in 1956. When Dick York was forced to leave the Bewitched series owing to health problems in 1969, Sargent stepped into the role. He had first been offered the role in 1964 but was under contract to Universal Studios and unable to accept it. Sargent played Darrin until the show ended in 1972.

Sargent continued to work in film and made numerous guest appearances on various TV shows, including one episode of The Waltons with the second John-Boy, Robert Wightman, and two early episodes of The Dukes of Hazzard as Sheriff Grady Byrd. In the mid-eighties, he played the role of Richard Preston, the widowed father, in the syndicated sitcom Down to Earth. In the 1980s, he joined actress Sally Struthers as an advocate of the "Christian Children's Fund", which brought relief to third world children.

Personal life

Later in life, he publicly declared his homosexuality, and supported gay rights issues. He had long hidden his sexual orientation, appearing with lesbian actress Fannie Flagg on the 1970s game show Tattletales as a couple. The game show featured celebrity married couples, and Sargent and Flagg claimed they were dating. In reality, Sargent lived with life partner Albert Williams until his death. In June 1992, Sargent was a Grand Marshal of the Los Angeles Gay Pride parade along with former co-star Elizabeth Montgomery.


Sargent died in 1994 from prostate cancer in Los Angeles, California.


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