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Kevin McCarthy (actor)

Kevin McCarthy
McCarthy in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Born (1914-02-15)February 15, 1914
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Died September 11, 2010(2010-09-11) (aged 96)
Hyannis, Massachusetts, U.S.
Resting place Cremation
Occupation Actor
Years active 1937–2010
Spouse(s) Augusta Dabney (m. 1941–61) 3 children
Kate Crane (m. 1979–2010) (his death) 2 children

Kevin McCarthy (February 15, 1914 – September 11, 2010)[1] was an American stage, film, and television actor who appeared in over two hundred television and film roles, including the lead role in 1956 horror science fiction film Invasion of the Body Snatchers.[2] For his role in the film version of Death of a Salesman (1951), he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and won a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor.[3]


  • Life and career 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Selected filmography 3
  • Radio appearances 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Life and career

McCarthy was born in Seattle, Washington, the son of Martha Therese (née Preston) and Roy Winfield McCarthy.[4] McCarthy's father was descended from a wealthy Irish American family based in Minnesota. His mother was born in Washington state to a Protestant father and a Jewish mother.[5] He was the brother of author Mary McCarthy, and a distant cousin of U.S. senator and presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota. His parents both died in the 1918 flu pandemic, and the four children went to live with relatives in Minneapolis. After five years of near-Dickensian mistreatment, described in Mary McCarthy's memoirs, the children were separated: Mary moved in with their maternal grandparents, and Kevin and his younger brothers were cared for by relatives in Minneapolis.[2] McCarthy graduated in 1932 from Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin,[6] then attended the University of Minnesota, where he appeared in his first play Henry IV, Part 1, and discovered a love of acting.

During his service in World War II in the United States Army Air Corps, in addition to his acting career, McCarthy appeared in a number of training films. At least one of these films (covering the Boeing B-17), has been distributed on DVD.

McCarthy was a founding member of The Actors Studio.[7]

McCarthy enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a Morgan Fairchild character. He also appeared as a guest star in countless television programs, playing a wide variety of character roles.

McCarthy appeared with Alexis Smith in the NBC anthology series, The Joseph Cotten Show in the episode "We Who Love Her" (1956). He was cast in an episode of the religion anthology series, Crossroads. McCarthy appeared in the 1959 episode "The Wall Between" of CBS's The DuPont Show with June Allyson. He guest starred in an episode of CBS's The Twilight Zone titled "Long Live Walter Jameson" (1960), as the title character.

McCarthy made two appearances in The Rifleman, portraying Mark Twain in "The Shattered Idol" (episode 120), original Air Date: 12/4/1961, and Winslow Quince in "Suspicion" (episode 157), original Air Date: 1/14/1963. [3] [4]

In 1963, McCarthy appeared in the ABC medical drama Breaking Point in the episode titled "Fire and Ice". He guest starred in the ABC drama Going My Way, about the Roman Catholic priesthood in New York City. He was cast as well in a 1964 episode of James Franciscus's NBC education drama, Mr. Novak. In 1966, he appeared in the episode "Wife Killer" of the ABC adventure series The Fugitive. In 1967, he guest starred in the episode "Never Chase a Rainbow" of NBC's western series, The Road West starring Barry Sullivan.

In 1968, he guest starred on Hawaii Five-O in the episode "Full Fathom Five" as the chief antagonist, Victor Reese. The Wild Wild West (CBS) Season 4 (1968–69) His turn as Maj. Gen Kroll in The Night of the Doomsday Formula made one of the best villains of the series. In 1971, he guest starred in the "Conqueror's Gold" episode of Bearcats!, which starred Rod Taylor with whom McCarthy had appeared in the films A Gathering of Eagles, Hotel and The Hell With Heroes.

In 1977, he and Clu Gulager, previously cast with Barry Sullivan on NBC's The Tall Man, appeared in the episode "The Army Deserter" of the NBC western series The Oregon Trail, with Rod Taylor. In 1985, McCarthy guest-starred in a fourth season episode of The A-Team called "Members Only". Earlier, he starred in the 1976 Broadway play Poor Murderer.

In 1978, McCarthy played a cameo role in a remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, as a man running through the streets shouting a warning in the same fashion as his character did in the original 1956 film.

McCarthy appeared as Judge Crandall in The Midnight Hour, a 1985 comedy/horror television movie.

McCarthy was one of three actors (with Dick Miller and Robert Picardo) often cast by director Joe Dante. McCarthy's most notable role in Dante's films was in 1987 as the prime antagonist, Victor Scrimshaw, in Innerspace.

In 1989, he played television station owner R. J. Fletcher in Weird Al Yankovic's cult classic UHF. Yankovic noted that "Kevin McCarthy was terrific. We had set him up to be this really rotten bad guy; but every time the director said, 'CUT!,' McCarthy would burst out laughing."

In 1996 he played Gordon Fitzpatrick in The Pandora Directive, an FMV adventure game starring Tex Murphy.

In 2007 McCarthy appeared as himself in the Anthony Hopkins film Slipstream. The film made references to the film, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

On October 24, 2009, McCarthy was honored at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival in Florida.[8]

His last role in a feature-length movie was as The Grand Inquisitor in the sci-fi musical comedy The Ghastly Love of Johnny X (2012).

Personal life

McCarthy was married to

External links

  1. ^ McLellan, Dennis (1914-02-15). "Kevin McCarthy obituary: 'Body Snatchers' actor McCarthy dies". Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  2. ^ a b c Gates, Anita (September 12, 2010). "Kevin McCarthy, Actor, Dies at 96".  
  3. ^ Patricia Bosworth. Montgomery Clift. p. 225. 
  4. ^ "Kevin McCarthy Biography (1914-)". film reference. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Mary McCarthy, age 11, returns to Seattle to live with her maternal grandparents in 1923.". Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  6. ^ "Campion Graduate Notables...". Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Birth of The Actors Studio: 1947-1950". A Player's Place: The Story of the Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 52.  
  8. ^ "Veteran Actor Kevin Mccarthy Honored at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival". Film Festival Today. 
  9. ^ Grobel, Lawrence (1985). Conversations with Truman Capote. Da Capo.  
  10. ^ George Whitmore in Winston Leyland (ed), Gay Sunshine Interviews, (San Francisco, Gay Sunshine Press 1978), p. 324.
  11. ^ Kirby, Walter (December 7, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 52. Retrieved June 14, 2015 – via  
  12. ^ Kirby, Walter (October 11, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 50. Retrieved July 6, 2015 – via  


Year Program Episode/source
1952 Theatre Guild on the Air The Damask Check[11]
1953 Radio Playhouse Routine Assignment[12]

Radio appearances

Selected filmography

on September 11, 2010, at the age of ninety-six. pneumonia, but the project never came to fruition. McCarthy died of You Touched Me! play Donald Windham They socialized together and acted together in several projects. The two collaborated on a screenplay for a film adaptation of the Tennessee Williams/[10]

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