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Dick York, co-star of TV's "Bewitched'

Actor Dick York, who played the befuddled husband of a nose-twitching witch in the 1960s television series Bewitched, has died at 63, a funeral home spokesman said.

Mr. York died Thursday at Blodgett Memorial Medical Center in Grand Rapids, said David Pederson of Pederson Funeral Home in the nearby town of Rockford, where Mr. York lived.

He had suffered several years from emphysema and a degenerative spinal condition but worked to raise funds for poor people.

For five years, he played Darrin Stephens, the stressed-out husband to Elizabeth Montgomery's Samantha on the popular ABC series about a witch who was married to a mortal advertising executive. Agnes Moorehead played Mr. York's overbearing mother-in-law, also a witch, who perpetually mangled her son-in-law's name.

Bewitched was the second-highest-rated series of the season in its debut year, 1964-65, second only to Bonanza, and stayed in the top 10 most of the years Mr. York was on it.

He was replaced on the show by Dick Sargent in 1969 when problems stemming from an old back injury, including dependence on painkillers, forced him to leave. The show continued until 1972.

Besides his television work, he appeared in several films, including My Sister Eileen, Going My Way and Inherit the Wind, in which he played the schoolteacher whose teaching of evolution prompts the celebrated 1920s "monkey trial." He also appeared on Broadway in the mid-'50s in Tea and Sympathy and Bus Stop.

Despite his ailments, Mr. York was active in raising funds for the homeless, working by telephone while largely confined to his home. He called his private fund-raising effort Acting For Life.

Mr. York once said the financial problems his family faced during the Depression inspired him to help the poor _ and to act.

"I saw the look on my mother's face when she had to give us second-hand Christmas presents," he said. "That's how you learn to act. Because you don't want your parents to know you know."

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