David Hedison

David Hedison

Highest Rated: 95% The Fly (1958)

Lowest Rated: 10% Megiddo (2001)

Birthday: May 20, 1927

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Best-known for playing CIA operative Felix Leiter in two James Bond movies, David Hedison also enjoyed memorable leading roles in sci-fi classic "The Fly" (1958) and submarine adventure "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (ABC, 1964-68). Born to Armenian parents in Providence, RI in 1927, Albert David Hedison first began performing with Brown University's Sock and Buskin Players and later honed his acting talents in New York at both the Actors Studio and Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. After treading the boards for several years, most notably in Broadway production "A Month in the Country," Hedison bagged a movie deal with 20th Century Fox and made his big screen debut playing Lt. Ware in WWII tale "The Enemy Below" (1957). A year later he appeared as a scientist who accidentally transforms himself into a human-fly hybrid in seminal sci-fi horror "The Fly" (1958) and landed the leading role of Jamie in swashbuckler "The Son of Robin Hood" (1958). After changing his credited name from Al to David, Hedison took top billing as counterintelligence officer Victor Sebastian in short-lived espionage drama "Five Fingers" (NBC, 1959), appeared as journalist Ed Malone in Amazonian adventure "The Lost World" (1960) and co-starred alongside Tom Tryon and Tom Reese in Korean war movie "Marines, Let's Go" (1961). Hedison landed his defining small screen role when he was cast as Captain Lee Crane in underwater sci-fi "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (ABC, 1964-68). Following its cancelation, Hedison appeared in mind control thriller "Kemek" (1970), briefly relocated to Britain where he starred in televised play "A Kiss Is Just A Kiss" (1971) and was cast as CIA operative Felix Leiter in Roger Moore's first 007 outing, "Live and Let Die" (1973). Hedison spent much of the 1970s appearing in TV movies such as "The Cat Creature" (1973), "Adventures of the Queen" (1975) and "The Art of Crime" (1975) and guesting on primetime hits including "Family" (ABC, 1976-1980), "Cannon" (CBS, 1971-76) and "Barnaby Jones" (CBS, 1973-1980). In the following decade, Hedison played several characters on "Fantasy Island" (ABC, 1977-1984), "The Fall Guy" (ABC, 1981-86) and "The Love Boat" (ABC, 1977-1986), reunited with Roger Moore on oil rig actioner "North Sea Hijack" (1980) and psychological thriller "The Naked Face" (1984) and bagged the recurring roles of procurator of Porcius Festus in biblical miniseries "A.D." (NBC, 1985) and British diplomat Roger Langdon in soap spin-off "The Colbys" (ABC, 1985-87). After reprising his role of Felix Leiter in Timothy Dalton's final Bond movie "Licence to Kill" (1989), Hedison played senior government figures in action movies "Undeclared War" (1990), "Fugitive Mind" (1999) and "Mach 2" (2000) and enjoyed lengthy soap opera stints as wealthy businessman Spencer Harrison and Judge Arthur Hendricks in "Another World" (NBC, 1964-1999) and "The Young and the Restless" (CBS, 1973-), respectively. He largely focused on the stage during his latter years, although he did show up in direct-to-DVD movies "Spectres" (2004) and "The Reality Trap" (2005), making his final screen appearance in dramedy "Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk" (2017). Hedison passed away in 2019 at the age of 92.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 36% Spectres William (Character) - 2004
10% 46% Megiddo Daniel Alexander (Character) $6M 2001
No Score Yet 0% Mach 2 Stuart Davis (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 75% Fugitive Mind Senator Davis (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Dreaming Frank Wheeler (Character) - 1990
77% 61% Licence to Kill Felix Leiter (Character) $34.7M 1989
No Score Yet 9% The Naked Face Dr. Peter Hadley (Character) - 1985
43% 46% ffolkes King (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder in Peyton Place Steven Cord (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lives of Jenny Dolan Dr. Wes Dolan (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Roman Grey: The Art of Crime Parker Sharon (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adventures of the Queen Dr. Peter Brooks (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Art of Crime Parker Sharon (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cat Creature Prof. Roger Edmonds (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crime Club Nick Kelton (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Formula Nick (Character) - 1970
41% 64% The Greatest Story Ever Told Philip (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marines, Let's Go Pfc. Dave Chatfield (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 12% Son of Robin Hood Jamie (Character) - 1959
95% 71% The Fly Andre Delambre (Character) - 1958
86% 87% The Enemy Below Lt. Ware (Character) - 1957

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Who's the Boss? Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbys Unknown (Character) 1985-1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1987 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet 70% The A-Team Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet 99% Knight Rider Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Finder of Lost Loves Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon & Simon Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1984-1985 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Partners in Crime Davidson (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1984 1981-1982 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet T.J. Hooker Saxon (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nero Wolfe Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1981 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show Steve Darnell (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wonder Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronk Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon David Farnum (Guest Star) 1975 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shaft Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gibbsville Unknown (Guest Star)
No Score Yet No Score Yet Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Cdr./Capt. Lee Crane (Character) 1964-1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Farmer's Daughter Barden (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Saint Bill Harvey (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Damion White (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bus Stop Unknown (Guest Star) 1961

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