Kevin Mccarthy


Actor
Kevin Mccarthy

About

Birth Place
Seattle, Washington, USA
Born
February 15, 1914
Died
September 11, 2010

Biography

A prolific performer who bridged the divide between leading man of decidedly B-movies and character player in more prestige offerings, Kevin McCarthy was a working actor since he made his Broadway debut in "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" (1938). The younger brother of famed writer Mary McCarthy, he served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII, toured in "Winged Victory," and reprised his stage rol...

Family & Companions

Augusta Dabney
Wife
Actor. Divorced.

Notes

He has an official website at www.bodysnatchers.com

"I must say the thing that gives me the greatest pleasure is to hear people laugh. I'm a theater actor. I came out of the theater and started in theater back in the University of Minnesota, and all the background I have had on Broadway, and in films and then into television and radio, I usually found ways to make audiences laugh. I think I have a reputation for being a legitimate actor with an appeal to do nutty things." --Kevin McCarthy

Biography

A prolific performer who bridged the divide between leading man of decidedly B-movies and character player in more prestige offerings, Kevin McCarthy was a working actor since he made his Broadway debut in "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" (1938). The younger brother of famed writer Mary McCarthy, he served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII, toured in "Winged Victory," and reprised his stage role in the 1944 film. But McCarthy earned more attention for what was considered his feature acting debut - the role of the disillusioned son Biff in the 1951 screen adaptation of Arthur Miller's classic, "Death of a Salesman." Nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, the actor seemed poised for a major film career. He marked time, however, until Don Siegel cast him as Dr. Miles Bennel in the sci-fi classic, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956). As the somewhat hysterical survivor of a community infested by space alien pod people, McCarthy anchored the film which only grew in stature since its initial release. In fact, in Philip Kaufman's 1978 remake, the actor had a small but pivotal role that was an homage to the original. His subsequent film career included playing Henry Fonda's campaign aide in "The Best Man" (1964), a roller derby magnate in "Kansas City Bomber" (1972), and a smarmy lobbyist in "The Distinguished Gentlemen" (1992).

The stage-trained McCarthy frequently appeared on Broadway throughout his career, notably as Jerry in "Two for the Seesaw" (1959) and Van Ackerman in "Advise and Consent" (1960). He has also scored a personal triumph as President Harry Truman in the one-man show "Give 'Em Hell, Harry!" But the busy actor perhaps found the best outlet for his talent on the small screen. A frequent guest actor, McCarthy co-starred with Lana Turner on the short-lived series, "The Survivors" (ABC, 1969-1970). He was engaging as the wealthy patriarch of a Florida family on the primetime soap "Flamingo Road" (NBC, 1981-83), but fared less well as the romantic interest for Beatrice Arthur in the short-lived sitcom, "Amanda's" (ABC, 1983). In 1987, he portrayed Franklyn Hutton, the father of Barbara Hutton (Farrah Fawcett) in the NBC miniseries "Poor Little Rich Girl," while in the 1995 biography, "Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story" (NBC), he played Sol Siegel and was in turn played onscreen as a character by actor Patrick Robert Smith. McCarthy showed no signs of retiring, playing the chief of staff in the acclaimed HBO movie "The Second Civil War" (1997) and recurring on the critically lauded drama, "The District" (CBS, 2000-04), as well as numerous feature films - continuing an astonishing output well into his 90s. The esteemed actor passed away on Sept. 11, 2010 at the age of 96.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Trail of the Screaming Forehead (2007)
Slipstream (2007)
Himself
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
Addams Family Reunion (1998)
Grandpa Addams
The Second Civil War (1997)
The Sister-in-Law (1995)
George Richards
Judicial Consent (1995)
Judge Pollan
Just Cause (1995)
Phil
Steal Big, Steal Little (1995)
Roadracers (1994)
Greedy (1994)
The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)
Duplicates (1992)
Dead On The Money (1991)
Waverly Blake
Final Approach (1991)
General Geller
Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College (1991)
Sleeping Car (1990)
Vincent Tuttle
Love or Money (1990)
The Rose And The Jackal (1990)
Fast Food (1989)
Judge Reinholte
UHF (1989)
Dark Tower (1989)
Sergie
Once Upon a Texas Train (1988)
Innerspace (1987)
The Long Journey Home (1987)
LBJ: The Early Years (1987)
Hostage (1987)
A Masterpiece Of Murder (1986)
The Midnight Hour (1985)
Judge Crandall
The Ratings Game (1984)
Invitation to Hell (1984)
Mr Thompson
Making of a Male Model (1983)
Wardrobe Hawley
Twilight Zone--The Movie (1983)
Montgomery Clift (1983)
Himself
My Tutor (1983)
Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story (1982)
The Howling (1981)
Flamingo Road (1980)
The Portrait of An Escort (1980)
Hero At Large (1980)
Those Lips, Those Eyes (1980)
Piranha (1978)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Mary Jane Happer Cried Last Night (1977)
Tom Atherton
Exoman (1977)
Alien Thunder (1975)
El Clan de los Inmorales (1973)
Editor Mclean
Richard (1972)
Washington doctor
Kansas City Bomber (1972)
Burt Henry
A Great American Tragedy (1972)
Between Time and Timbuktu (1972)
Ace High (1969)
Drake
Operation Heartbeat (1969)
If He Hollers, Let Him Go! (1968)
Leslie Whitlock
The Hell With Heroes (1968)
Colonel Wilson
Hotel (1967)
Curtis O'Keefe
A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)
Otto Habershaw
Mirage (1965)
Josephson
The Best Man (1964)
Dick Jensen
Forty Pounds of Trouble (1963)
Blanchard
The Prize (1963)
Dr. John Garrett
A Gathering of Eagles (1963)
General Kirby
An Affair of the Skin (1963)
Allen McCleod
The Misfits (1961)
Roslyn's husband
Diamond Safari (1958)
Harry Jordan
Nightmare (1956)
Stan Grayson
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Dr. Miles Bennell
Stranger on Horseback (1955)
Tom Bannerman
An Annapolis Story (1955)
Jim [Scott]
Drive a Crooked Road (1954)
Steve Norris
The Gambler from Natchez (1954)
Andre Rivage
Death of a Salesman (1952)
Biff Loman
Winged Victory (1944)
Cadet

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Montgomery Clift (1983)
Other

Cast (Special)

Brando (Part 1) (2007)
Himself
Brando (Part 2) (2007)
Himself
Shelley Winters: Full Disclosure (2001)
Interviewee
Ray Walston: No Antennae, Please (1999)
Montgomery Clift: The Hidden Star (1998)
Marlon Brando, Wild One (1994)
The Seventh Annual Genesis Awards (1993)
Presenter
Curiosity Killed (1992)
Montgomery Clift: His Place in the Sun (1989)
Second Start (1988)
Leo
Channel 99 (1988)
Home (1987)
The Seagull (1975)
Trigorin
June Moon (1974)
Mr Hart
Satins and Spurs (1954)
Tony

Misc. Crew (Special)

Night at the Movies, A: The Horrors Of Stephen King (2011)
Archival Footage

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story (1995)
Sol Siegel
Passion and Paradise (1989)
Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (1987)

Life Events

1938

Made his Broadway debut in "Abe Lincoln in Illinois"

1942

Served in the US Air Force; achieved rank of sergeant

1944

Toured in "Winged Victory"; reprised role in the film version

1949

London stage debut, played Biff in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman"

1949

Made TV debut playing Romeo in "Romeo & Juliet" on "Cameo Theatre"

1951

Earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for playing Biff in the film version of "Death of a Salesman"

1956

Had perhaps best-known film role as Dr. Miles Bennel in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"

1959

Replaced Henry Fonda as Jerry Ryan in "Two for the Seesaw" on Broadway; also toured with the show

1960

Starred on Broadway as Van Ackerman in "Advise and Consent"

1960

Played the title role in an episode of "The Twilight Zone" entitled "Long Live Walter Jameson"

1969

Debut as series regular on ABC's "The Survivors"

1969

TV-movie debut, "U.M.C." (CBS)

1978

Made cameo appearance in the remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"

1980

First playe Claude Weldon in the NBC movie "Flamingo Road"

1980

Reprised role of Claude Weldon in the NBC series version of "Flamingo Road"

1983

Cast as Beatrice Arthur's brother-in-law on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Amanda's"

1984

First screen collaboration with Joe Dante, "Twilight Zone - The Movie"

1987

First appeared as Harry Truman in the one-man show "Give 'Em Hell, Harry!" at the Pasadena Playhouse; later toured with the show

1987

Portrayed Barbara Hutton's father in the NBC miniseries "Poor Little Rich Girl"

1992

Co-starred in "The Distinguished Gentleman"

1993

Had uncredited role in the film-within-the-film in Joe Dante's "Matinee"

1995

Cast as Sol Siegel in the NBC miniseries "Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story"; in the same production McCarthy was portrayed by actor Patrick Robert Smith

1996

Was featured as a film director in the interactive CD-ROM "The Pandora Detective"

1997

Appeared in the HBO movie "The Second Civil War"

2000

Portrayed King Arthur in the stage play "Knights of the Round Table"

2007

Appeared as himself in the Anthony Hopkins film "Slipstream"

Photo Collections

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Buffalo Bill And The Indians (1976) -- (Movie Clip) Everything Historical Is Yours Amid the continuous rehearsal, first appearance by Burt Lancaster as Ned Buntline, Joel Grey as producer Salisbury, Geraldine Chaplin as Annie Oakley, John Considine her husband and manager, Harvey Keitel the nephew of the title character, Kevin McCarthy as Major Burke, and Paul Newman heard but not seen, in Robert Altman’s Buffalo Bill And The Indians Or , Sitting Bull's History Lesson, 1976.
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956) -- (Movie Clip) I Am Not Insane! Director Don Siegel’s perfectly efficient opening, Whit Bissell from the state mental hospital joins the ER doc Richard Deacon, who seems rightly concerned about Kevin McCarthy, as suburban GP Miles, who insists he’s not lost mind, from the original Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, 1956.
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956) -- (Movie Clip) Uncle Ira Was Uncle Ira Well into the flashback from unglued suburban doctor Miles (Kevin McCarthy), he recalls telling anxious Wilma (Virginia Christine) that her uncle (Tom Fadden) appears unchanged, her cousin Becky (Dana Wynter) trying to reassure, early in Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, 1956.
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956) -- (Movie Clip) Where's Your Girlfriend's Double? Town shrink Dan (Larry Gates) is the naysayer, though we know doc Miles (Kevin McCarthy) did see a dormant body double of his girlfriend, and with Jack (King Donovan) saw another, dad Driscoll (Kenneth Patterson) and a cop (Guy Wray) annoyed, in Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, 1956.
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956) -- (Movie Clip) It's No Dead Man So far doc Miles (Kevin McCarthy), newly enchanted by his old high school flame Becky (Dana Wynter), has heard only of a widespread delusion in town, but writer pal Jack (King Donovan) and wife (Carolyn Jones) have found something way more weird, in Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, 1956.
Buffalo Bill And The Indians (1976) -- (Movie Clip) Open, This Piece Of Our History Identified as a Robert Altman opening, though hardly necessary, with Alan Rudolph's 90% original script (with a nod to a play by Arthur Kopit), shooting at the Stoney Indian Reservation in Alberta, with narration by Humphrey Gratz who plays the "old soldier," from Buffalo Bill And The Indians Or, Sitting Bull's History Lesson, 1976, starring Paul Newman, cinematography by Paul Lohmann.
Buffalo Bill And The Indians (1976) -- (Movie Clip) The Last Thing A Man Wants To Do Director Robert Altman, after nearly 15 minutes, finally shows his star and title character, Paul Newman, on camera, in rehearsal for his Wild West Show, introduced by producer Joel Grey, with Harvey Keitel as his nephew and secretary, Geraldine Chaplin as Annie Oakley, John Considine her husband, in Buffalo Bill And The Indians, 1976.
Buffalo Bill And The Indians (1976) -- (Movie Clip) Ain't All That Different From Real Life Paul Newman (title character), with his publicist (Kevin McCarthy, as “Arizona John Burke,” also a historical figure) insists on a staged greeting for his newly recruited Wild West Show co-star, at first mistaking interpreter Halsey (Will Sampson) for Sitting Bull (Frank Kaquitts), in Robert Altman’s Buffalo Bill And The Indians Or, Sitting Bull’s History Lesson, 1976.
Hotel (1967) -- (Movie Clip) I Need Men Like You Another intrepid single location shot by director Richard Quine, as buyout mogul O’Keefe (Kevin McCarthy, with aides Clinton Sundberg and Jack Donner) comes after New Orleans hotel manager McDermott (Rod Taylor) with an offer, in Hotel, 1967, from the Arthur Hailey novel that was also the basis for the 1980’s ABC TV series.
Big Hand For The Little Lady, A -- (Movie Clip) It Must Be A Good Hand! Mary (Joanne Woodward), trying to play her husband's hand, with gamblers (Kevin McCarthy, Jason Robards Jr., Charles Bickford, Robert Middleton) in tow, makes a pitch to banker Ballinger (Paul Ford) in A Big Hand For The Little Lady, 1966.
Mirage (1965) -- (Movie Clip) I Heard You Were Back Director Edward Dmytryk’s credits end with a Manhattan skyscraper blacking out, then in the dark we meet Stillwell (Gregory Peck), his colleague Josephson (Kevin McCarthy) and in the stairwell co-star Diane Baker as possibly disoriented Shela, in Mirage, 1965, from a novel by Howard Fast.
Best Man, The (1964) -- (Movie Clip) Unexpectedly Ambitious Candid discussion from screenwriter Gore Vidal as candidate William Russell (Henry Fonda) confers with wife Alice (Margaret Leighton) in an early scene from director Franklin Schaffner's The Best Man, 1964.

Trailer

Family

Roy Winfield McCarthy
Father
Martha Therese McCarthy
Mother
Mary McCarthy
Sister
Writer. Born on June 21, 1912; died on October 25, 1989.
Lillah McCarthy
Daughter
TV producer, executive. Mother, Augusta Dabney.

Companions

Augusta Dabney
Wife
Actor. Divorced.

Bibliography

Notes

He has an official website at www.bodysnatchers.com

"I must say the thing that gives me the greatest pleasure is to hear people laugh. I'm a theater actor. I came out of the theater and started in theater back in the University of Minnesota, and all the background I have had on Broadway, and in films and then into television and radio, I usually found ways to make audiences laugh. I think I have a reputation for being a legitimate actor with an appeal to do nutty things." --Kevin McCarthy