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    As Euryale's thread seems to be unloadable (even by themself) I've started a new thread so that people like myself can pay their condolences.

    R.I.P. Al

    part of my childhood with Voyage To the Bottom Of The Sea, The Lost World, The Saint and one of my earliest horror films The Fly. His credits: A nice obituary here:

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    Good actor, popped up in many TV series and films. Remember him from The Colby's.


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      What's this about clearing my cookies?


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        Originally posted by will View Post
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          David Hedison, actor who played James Bond’s CIA counterpart Felix Leiter and the boffin whose experiments go awry in Kurt Neumann’s cult horror ‘The Fly’ – obituary

          David Hedison (right) as Felix Leiter with Roger Moore as Bond in Live and Let Die
          3 SEPTEMBER 2019 • 6:14AM

          David Hedison, who has died aged 92, became the only actor to play 007’s CIA chum Felix Leiter twice, in Live and Let Die with Roger Moore (1973) and 16 years later with Timothy Dalton in Licence to Kill; earlier he had made his name in Kurt Neumann’s sci-fi horror classic, The Fly (1958), as the boffin who accidentally fuses his body with that of a housefly.

          Swarthily handsome, Hedison was also widely recognised as the square-jawed Captain Lee Crane in Irwin Allen’s 1960s television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.

          But his outings as Felix Leiter (a part played by several actors, beginning with Jack Lord in Dr No) were typical of the sort of guest-starring roles he tended to land thereafter. “It was running around, bang-bang, getting wet, screaming and yelling, and all kinds of fun, but not serious acting,” he recalled.

          Ultimately he came to regard the stage as his favourite medium, saying: “When I go back to the theatre, I feel good about myself. When I do films or television, it’s
          to make a little bread to pay my mortgage."

          David Hedison (right) as Felix Leiter, with Timothy Dalton as Bond, in 'Licence to Kill'

          Of Armenian descent, Albert David Hedison was born on May 20 1927 in Providence, Rhode Island. His father owned a jewellery enamelling business. Young Al caught the acting bug after seeing Tyrone Power in Blood and Sand (1941).

          After military service in the US Navy and a degree at Brown University, he joined the Neighborhood Playhouse School in Manhattan and studied acting under Sanford Meisner.

          After further training at the Actor’s Studio, he made his theatrical debut as “Al” Hedison. Voted most promising newcomer for his performance in the off-Broadway play A Month in the Country (1956), directed by Michael Redgrave, he received a Theatre World Award as one of the most promising theatre personalities of the 1955-56 season.

          In 1957 he signed a contract with 20th Century Fox and made his big-screen debut the same year in the Second World War drama The Enemy Below, starring
          Robert Mitchum.

          David Hedison as Andre Delambre in 'The Fly'

          In The Fly, his second film, Hedison played André Delambre, the scientist whose matter transmitter experiments end up with him being turned into half-man, half-bluebottle. With a compelling screenplay by James Clavell, The Fly went on, with Peyton Place, to be the top money-spinners for Fox of 1958.

          David Hedison (right) with Richard Basehart in a publicity shot for 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea'

          Two years later, now billed as David Hedison, he was Ed Malone, a junior reporter looking for adventure, in Irwin Allen’s dinosaur drama The Lost World. In 1964 he reunited with Allen for the television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, which would win four Emmys for technical achievements, but none for the acting. “Irwin decreed Voyage would be grim,” Hedison recalled. “So we were grim, and the show was grim.”

          In 1958 Hedison had travelled to England for an appearance in Son of Robin Hood, and in the mid-1960s he moved to London for two years. “I was able to do wonderful stuff like Tennessee Williams’s Summer and Smoke with Lee Remick on the BBC … The problem was, when I came back to the US it was more difficult getting work.”

          He regarded Summer and Smoke as the best screen work he had ever done. Sadly, however, to obtain the rights the BBC had to agree to erase the tape 48 hours after it was broadcast. Even Hedison never had a copy.

          Back in the US he continued to get regular work on television, but mainly in guest-starring roles, though he played Spencer Harrison on CBS’s Another World during the 1990s. In 2004 he joined the cast of the soap The Young and the Restless for some 50 episodes.

          Hedison was predeceased by his wife Bridget and is survived by their two daughters.

          David Hedison, born May 20 1927, died July 18 2019
          Last edited by Maurice; 3rd September 2019, 08:40 AM.