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RIP Kevin McCarthy

Originally posted on 2010-09-13 22:00:02 by

Sad news came down yesterday: Kevin McCarthy, star of the original INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS and numerous other genre pics, died on Saturday in Hyannis, MA at age 96.

Variety reported the news of the actor’s passing. Having appeared in movies, TV and on stage since the late 1930s, McCarthy had one of his most notable roles ever in Don Siegel’s 1956 INVASION, playing a doctor trying to warn humanity that it faces takeover by alien “pod people.” He essentially reprised the part for a scene in the first INVASION remake, directed by Philip Kaufman in 1978. A favorite of director Joe Dante, who cast him in PIRANHA, THE HOWLING, TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE, INNERSPACE and MATINEE, among others, McCarthy also appeared in features including Ken Wiederhorn’s DARK TOWER, Douglas Curtis’ THE SLEEPING CAR, Max Allan Collins’ MOMMY, Larry Blamire’s upcoming TRAIL OF THE SCREAMING FOREHEAD and, er, John Carl Buechler’s GHOULIES III: GHOULIES GO TO COLLEGE, and on TV in the original TWILIGHT ZONE series (the title role of the “Long Live Walter Jameson” episode), TALES FROM THE CRYPT’s “Curiosity Killed,” Wes Craven’s INVITATION TO HELL and Jack Bender’s THE MIDNIGHT HOUR. He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for 1951’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN, reprising his stage role.

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