Kevin McCarthy

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 02/15/1914 in Seattle, Washington, USA

Filmography

Actor (107)

Slipstream 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Trail of the Screaming Forehead 2006 (Movie)

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Looney Tunes: Back in Action 2003 (Movie)

Dr Bennell (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985, 1987 - 1988, 1990 - 1992, 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Shelley Winters: Full Disclosure 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The District 1987 - 1988, 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Ray Walston: No Antennae, Please 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Montgomery Clift: The Hidden Star 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Addams Family Reunion 1998 (Movie)

Grandpa Addams (Actor)

Boston Common 1987 - 1988, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Early Edition 1987 - 1988, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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The Second Civil War 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Just Cause 1995 (Movie)

Phil (Actor)

Steal Big, Steal Little 1995 (Movie)

Reed Tyler (Actor)

The Sister-in-Law 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Greedy 1994 (Movie)

Bartlett (Actor)

Marlon Brando, Wild One 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Curiosity Killed 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Seventh Annual Genesis Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Charlie Hoover 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Distinguished Gentleman 1992 (Movie)

Terry Corrigan (Actor)

The Golden Girls 1985 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Final Approach 1991 (Movie)

General Geller (Actor)

Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College 1990 (Movie)

Professor Ragnar (Actor)

Love or Money 1990 (Movie)

William Reed (Actor)

Montgomery Clift: His Place in the Sun 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Sleeping Car 1990 (Movie)

Vincent Tuttle (Actor)

Fast Food 1989 (Movie)

Judge Reinholte (Actor)

Second Start 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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UHF 1989 (Movie)

R J Fletcher (Actor)

Channel 99 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Dark Tower 1988 (Movie)

Sergie (Actor)

In the Heat of the Night 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

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Home 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Hostage 1987 (Movie)

Colonel Tim Shaw (Actor)

Innerspace 1987 (Movie)

Victor Scrimshaw (Actor)

The Midnight Hour 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The Ratings Game 1984 (Movie)

Wes Vandergelder (Actor)

Amanda's 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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My Tutor 1983 (Movie)

Mr Chrystal (Actor)

Twilight Zone - the Movie 1983 (Movie)

Uncle Wait (Actor)

Montgomery Clift 1981 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Howling 1981 (Movie)

Fred Francis (Actor)

Flamingo Road 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Hero at Large 1980 (Movie)

Calvin Donnelly (Actor)

Those Lips Those Eyes 1979 (Movie)

Mickey Bellinger (Actor)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978 (Movie)

Dr Miles Bennell (Actor)

Piranha 1978 (Movie)

Dr Robert Hoak (Actor)

Exo-Man 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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The Seagull 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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El Clan de los Inmorales 1972 (Movie)

Ed McLean (Actor)

Kansas City Bomber 1972 (Movie)

Team Owner (Actor)

Richard 1972 (Movie)

Washington Doctor (Actor)

Between Time and Timbuktu 1971 (Movie)

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The Survivors 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

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Aces High 1969 (Movie)

Drake (Actor)

U.M.C. 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

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The Hell With Heroes 1968 (Movie)

Colonel Wilson (Actor)

Hotel 1967 (Movie)

Curtis O'Keefe (Actor)

The Fugitive 1963 - 1967 (TV Show)

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A Big Hand For the Little Lady 1966 (Movie)

Otto Habershaw (Actor)

Doctor Kildare 1961 - 1966 (TV Show)

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Mirage 1965 (Movie)

Josephson (Actor)

40 Pounds of Trouble 1963 (Movie)

Blanchard (Actor)

The Best Man 1963 (Movie)

Dick Jensen (Actor)

The Prize 1963 (Movie)

Dr John Garrett (Actor)

The Three Sisters 1963 (Movie)

Vershinin (Actor)

A Gathering of Eagles 1962 (Movie)

Gen Kirby (Actor)

The June Allyson Show 1959 - 1961 (TV Show)

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The Misfits 1961 (Movie)

Raymond Taylor (Actor)

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

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Matinee Theater 1955 - 1958 (TV Show)

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Studio One 1948 - 1958 (TV Show)

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Diamond Safari 1956 (Movie)

Harry Jordan (Actor)

Front Row Center 1954 - 1956 (TV Show)

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956 (Movie)

Dr Miles Bennel (Actor)

An Annapolis Story 1955 (Movie)

Jim Scott (Actor)

Stranger on Horseback 1955 (Movie)

Tom Bannerman (Actor)

Drive a Crooked Road 1954 (Movie)

Steve Norris (Actor)

Death of a Salesman 1951 (Movie)

Biff (Actor)

A Great American Tragedy (TV Show)

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A Masterpiece of Murder (TV Show)

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Dead on the Money (TV Show)

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Deadly Intentions (TV Show)

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Dream On (TV Show)

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Duplicates (TV Show)

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Flamingo Road (TV Show)

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Invitation to Hell (TV Show)

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Judicial Consent (TV Show)

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June Moon (TV Show)

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LBJ: The Early Years (TV Show)

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Making of a Male Model (TV Show)

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Nightmare (Movie)

Stan Grayson (Actor)

Once Upon a Texas Train (TV Show)

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Passion and Paradise (TV Show)

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Portrait of an Escort (TV Show)

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Roadracers (TV Show)

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Sister-in-Law (Movie)

George Richards (Actor)

The Long Journey Home (TV Show)

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The Rose and the Jackal (TV Show)

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The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

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Winged Victory (Movie)

Ronny Meade (Actor)

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.

Relationships

Preston

Brother

Kate Crane

Wife
Married in 1970 until his death in 2010

Augusta Dabney Actor

Ex-Wife
Married from 1941-1961

Mary McCarthy Screenwriter

Sister
Born in 1912 penned the 1963 novel The Group died October 25, 1989

Lillah McCarthy Network Executive

Daughter
Mother, Augusta Dabney

Roy McCarthy

Father
Both he and his wife died in the great flu epidemic of 1918 leaving their three children to be raised by their paternal grandparents and an aunt and uncle

Martha McCarthy

Mother
Both her and her husband died in the great flu epidemic of 1918 leaving their three children to be raised by their paternal grandparents and an aunt and uncle

Sheridan McCarthy

Brother

EDUCATION

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis , Minnesota 1936 - 1938
Performed in his first play "Henry IV, Part 1"

Actors Studio

New York , New York

Campion Jesuit High School

Prairie du Chien , Wisconsin

School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Washington , Washington D.C. 1933 - 1934

Milestones

2007

Appeared as himself in the Anthony Hopkins film "Slipstream"

2000

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

1997

Appeared in the HBO movie "The Second Civil War"

1996

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

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

1993

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

1992

Co-starred in "The Distinguished Gentleman"

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"

1984

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

1983

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

1980

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

1980

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

1978

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

1968

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

1968

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

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"

1959

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

1956

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

1951

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

1949

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

1949

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

1943

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

1941

Served in the US Air Force; achieved rank of sergeant

1938

Made his Broadway debut in "Abe Lincoln in Illinois"

Bonus Trivia

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He had an official website at www.bodysnatchers.com

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