Carl Kolchak (played by Darren McGavin
) was an investigative reporter for the Independent News Service (INS). He starred in two TV movies
("The Night Stalker
and "The Night Strangler
") and a TV Series ("Kolchak: The Night Stalker
") in the mid 70s.
He was unreliable and messy but he had a nose for a story though they were often strange and involved extraordinary forces and beings. He often ignored the wishes of his long-suffering editor Tony Vincenzo (played by Simon Oakland) but returned with a story (though not always printable).
His adventures are credited by Chris Carter as being an inspiration for The X-Files.