FilmEdge takes a moment to remember actor Kevin McCarthy, whom most will remember as the panic-stricken Dr. Miles Bennell warning the world of unseen danger in Don Siegel’s 1956 sci-fi hit INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. McCarthy died Saturday of natural causes in a Massachusetts hospital at age 96.
Though McCarthy’s performance as the one man on Earth resisting alien invasion by pod people assures the actor’s immortality in film history and pop culture, his career spanned more than seven decades of stage and screen performances.
Nominated for an Oscar and winner of a Golden Globe for his role as Biff in the film adaptation DEATH OF A SALESMAN, McCarthy’s later roles included TV appearances on The Twilight Zone and Murder, She Wrote and a notable cameo in the 1978 remake of BODY SNATCHERS. Director Joe Dante worked with McCarthy several times including in the fishy horror flick PIRANHA, the genre-reviving werewolf tale THE HOWLING, and in Dante’s segment of TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE.
Later in his career, McCarthy toured regularly in his one-man show of the Harry S Truman play, Give ‘Em Hell, Harry. Kevin McCarthy got his earliest career start on the stage and Broadway, and was a founding member of the Actors Studio.
FilmEdge.net salutes the life and career of Kevin McCarthy and thanks him for many entertaining memories.