R.I.P. David Hedison

We have belatedly learned of the passing of actor David Hedison (1927-2019). Like the recently passed Rod Taylor, Hedison was one of the last of the old-fashioned leading man types. Originally billed as Al Hedison, he was most associated with horror and science fiction stuff: The Fly (1958), The Lost World (1960), the Irwin Allen tv series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-68) and The Cat Creature (1973). He was also associated with spy stories: he played Felix Leiter in the James Bond films Live and Let Die (1973) and Licence to Kill (1989), and starred in the short-lived TV series Five Fingers (1959-60).

Hedison is from my home turf of Providence, Rhode Island, another reason I salute him today! He started out in live theatre in Newport, R.I. then performed regionally before getting some small Broadway roles and finally film and TV. In later years he continued in live theatre and did lots and lots of TV guest shots (e.g. 7 episodes of The Love Boat, 6 episodes of Fantasy Island, etc etc). His last credit was in something called Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk (2017).