I was saddened to read that actor Kevin McCarthy died over the weekend at age 96. As the blog A Shroud of Thoughts observes, the Seattle-born McCarthy was “best known for his role in the film version of Death of a Saleman (1951) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), [but] his career spanned over seventy years.”
I remember that his was a familiar face on boob-tube programs from the 1950s through the ’90s. In addition to regular parts in the mini-series The Survivors (1969-1970) and the short-lived prime-time soap opera Flamingo Road, McCarthy (the brother of author Mary McCarthy) did guest shots in such crime dramas as The Defenders, Honey West, Burke’s Law, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Judd for the Defense, Columbo, Hawaii Five-O, and In the Heat of the Night. “McCarthy worked with everyone from Robert Altman to Marilyn Monroe,” the A.V. Club blog recalls, “and enjoyed late-career success via the touring one-man-show Give ’Em Hell, Harry, in which he played Harry Truman.”
Thank you, Mr. McCarthy, for your lifetime of entertainment.
READ MORE: “So Long, Old Friend--Kevin McCarthy,” by Ed Gorman (Ed Gorman’s Blog); “Kevin McCarthy,” by Nicolas Pillai (Squeezegut Alley); “Snatch Me If You Can,” by Matthew R. Bradley (Bradley on Film).