Monday, 13 September 2010

KEVIN MCCARTHY (1914-2010)

American actor Kevin McCarthy has passed away at the age of 96.

McCarthy will be forever remembered as Dr. Miles Bennell from sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), or for his role in the Long live Walter Jameson episode of Twilight Zone (1960). But with a career that has spanned seven decades, he was one of the most enduring character actors of the US television industry and a familiar face of film director Joe Dante's work.

Kevin McCarthy appeared in many major primetime television series from the 50s to the 90s: The Man from UNCLE, The Wild Wild West, Mission: Impossible, Columbo, Dynasty, The A-Team, Murder, She Wrote, etc. He often played (exquisitely) the villain.

His movie credits include Death of a Salesman (1951), for which he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar and won a Golden Globe Award. But also The Misfits (1961), The Howling (1981) or Innerspace (1987).

French TV buffs particularly remember him for the character of Claude Weldon in Flamingo Road (1980-1982).

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