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.

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