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Dick Sargent, played husband on 'Bewitched'


LOS ANGELES -- Dick Sargent, the affable actor best remembered as Elizabeth Montgomery's second television husband on the sitcom "Bewitched," died yesterday. He was 64.

A spokesman for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles said the actor was admitted Wednesday and died there of prostate cancer, diagnosed in 1989.

The son of a World War I hero and a former silent film actress, Mr. Sargent was born Richard Cox. As Dick Sargent, he began his career on the big screen in the late 1950s with roles in such films as "Bernardine" and "Mardi Gras."

In 1969, after parts on several failed sitcoms, he replaced the late Dick York in the role of Darrin Stephens on ABC's "Bewitched." He played the husband of Ms. Montgomery's Samantha, a witch.

After "Bewitched" ended in 1972, he acted occasionally, with appearances on television shows and in B-grade movies.

He had withdrawn from show business in his final years, but returned to the news in 1991 when he announced that he was gay.

"It was such a relief," he said then. "I lived in fear of being found out. Now it's given me a whole new mission in life."

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