Closing Credits: Kevin McCarthy
Kevin McCarthy, most known for his film role in the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers, has died aged 96.
He first made his mark on stage, but his appearance in a small science fiction film in 1956 made him widely recognisable and become the defining point of a career filled with films, television and stage appearances.
Kevin McCarthy may be most widely known for his role in the 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but the role that first brought him critical acclaim was on stage in Death of a Salesman which he followed to the big screen playing Biff Loman in the 1951 film of the play which brought him an Oscar nomination, and won him a Golden Globe.
1961 The Misfits starring alongside Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift; The Prize in 1963 starring behind Paul Newman and Edward G. Robinson; Gore Vidal's The Best Man in 1964 starring Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson; Mirage from 1965 starring Gregory Peck, Diane Baker and Walter Matthau; Big Deal at Dodge City in 1966 alongside Henry Fonda, Joanne Woodward and Jason Robards; Kansas City Bomber in 1972 starring alongside Raquel Welch, and many, many more.
However his role in Invasion of the Body Snatchers remained his most memorable role. For me though I also remember his roles in the original Piranha from 1978; The Howling in 1981, a horror film that had a big impact on me when I was younger; Twilight Zone: The Movie from 1983, and Innerspace in 1987.
Throughout his busy film and television career he was on stage and appeared in a number of Broadway plays earning a great reputation as a stage actor as well as on film.
Despite being labelled for his appearance in Invasion of the Body Snatchers he never thought badly of the role and was always happy to speak of it and even appeared in a cameo in the 1978 remake. I doubt he'll ever be forgotten for that role, but perhaps we'll each remember a number of his other roles to match that career defining appearance.
The news came through Variety that Kevin McCarthy died on Saturday, he left behind him a huge career of stage, film and television. As always, our thoughts are with his family and friends.