I was deeply saddened to hear today that film/television actor and Seattle native Kevin McCarthy died recently, so I had to write a brief memorial. Known to most audiences as the engaging star of the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers Kevin McCarthy had a long varied career in dramas, comedies and horror flicks. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor as Biff in the 1951 version of Death of a Salesman, played the villain in UHF and worked extensively with director Joe Dante. Some of McCarthy’s collaborations with Dante include; Piranha, The Howling, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Innerspace, and Looney Tunes Back in Action (Maybe he was just doing his pal a favor.)
McCarthy worked well into old age and passed away last weekend from natural causes, he was 96 years old. I didn’t even come close to summing up his resume either, he did a lot of television and stage work without ever slowing down, he will be missed.