Tonight marks 50 years to the day since a Dan Curtis-produced TV-movie named The Night Stalker aired on ABC in the United States. January 11, 1972 saw the birth of an influential character in pop culture, the zealous and excited investigative reporter for a wire service named Carl Kolchak(played with delicious verve by Darren McGavin) who with his omnipresent tape recorder, straw hat and penchant for getting in the faces of those in authority tackled vampires, other paranormal creatures preying on the innocent of 1970s America and even Jack the Ripper. The Night Stalker got such huge ratings that night that ABC commissioned a sequel film which would be called The Night Strangler and air the following year in 1973. The positive public reactions to both movies led to ABC greenlighting a weekly series based on them, entitled Kolchak: The Night Stalker which premiered in September 1974 and ran for one season before being canceled. Despite a limited lifespan in prime time Kolchak went on to become a cult hit in reruns and almost 20 years later inspired Chris Carter during his creation of The X-Files. What are your favorite memories of the Kolchak movies and series and your favorite stories? The original movie had at least three Star Trek veterans who had appeared in TOS just three to five years earlier - Barry Atwater(Surak), Elisha Cook, Jr.(Samuel T. Cogley) and Stanley Adams(Cyrano Jones).