Kevin McCarthy RIP

One of our favorite character actors has been visited by Prince Sirki at the ripe age of 96. That’s a helluva long time. He played Willy Loman’s son in Elia Kazan’s London version of “Death Of A Salesman” and received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for the1951  film version. He went onto genre movie immortality in the lead of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956) and had five more decades of non-stop work, from big studio films like THE BEST MAN (1964) and  HOTEL (1966) to his wonderful comic side in TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE (1982) and especially INNERSPACE (1987) where he’s just dandy as the frosty villain. Joe Dante always found great use for McCarthy and he was definitely responsible for his genre resurgence. I always liked McCarthy’s leering grin and unpredictable demeanor. And he’s part of film DNA forever.

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3 Responses to “Kevin McCarthy RIP”

  1. He made a stalwart hero and a splendid scoundrel. I haven’t seen INNERSPACE in years, but I’ve always liked it. Might be time to revisit the film in his honor. R.I.P.

  2. “And he’s part of film DNA forever.”

    Well said! I also loved him as the cartoonish villain in UHF – that film was a staple of my youth.

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