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Press (Sheboygen, Wisconsin)
Dick York Is 'Solid Man' In ABC Hit, 'Bewitched'
"I'm a guest witch," she announced to the visitor who was carefully stepping over cables and dodging props en route to visit Dick York, the young man who plays the merely mortal husband of the beguiling sorceress in the ABC hit.
York, sporting a realistic collodion scar on his right cheek and nursing an all-too-real toothache, was in his undershirt, cooling off from a morning spent in medieval knight's armor under the hot camera lights.
"Bewitched" is about to start it's third season as a hit property and York, as the long-suffering Darrin, was involved in an episode that sent him back centuries in time.
"Seems to me that our witch population is increasing," he said. "In one show we finished recently, I and my boss, Larry Tate, were the only humans in the whole show."
York, a tall, pleasant fellow, has the looks and acting skills that usually gets him cast as an ordinary person, so much so that his real contribution is easy to overlook.
But while the flashy pyrotechnics of the witches played by Elizabeth Montgomery and Agnes Moorehead attract the attention, York's down-to-earth character is the solid wall against which the whole magic game is played.
"I think the show has gone well because of the personal relationships developed," he said, touching his cheek gingerly. "It just happens that the girl is a witch, and my basic attitude is 'so what?' As long as her husband can live with it, and the neighbors don't know she's different and she takes good care of the children, who cares?"
York said that he thought a real-life counterpart to being married to a witch is a wife "who is very successful at some career, like a theatrical star, and who makes more money than her husband."
"That wouldn't be a real problem as long as the career was not more important to her than the marriage," he continued.
"But that's a hard combination for women to handle. Most men---and I'm one of them---can do their work here and then go home and have a different, unrelated life."
York and his wife Joan have been married for 14 years and have five children---three girls and two boys with ages ranging between 11 and 3. And, from the way they crop up constantly in his conversation, it is easy to see his home life is of transcendent importance to him.
"When we finished last season's production," he said, "we took the kids on a leisurely vacation---to Disneyland and ripped and roared around there, and then visited the grandparents. Then mommy and daddy put them in good hands and took off for a rest in Acupulco. The way I figure it, I spend too much time at the studio away from my wife and family. After all, I only work here and I live with them."