Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy

  • Highest Rated: 100% Hotel (1967)
  • Lowest Rated: 13% The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)
  • Birthday: Feb 15, 1914
  • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Kevin McCarthy and his older sister Mary Therese McCarthy both found careers in the entertainment industry, though in very different arenas -- Mary became a best-selling novelist, and Kevin became an actor after dabbling in student theatricals at the University of Minnesota. On Broadway from 1938 -- Kevin's first appearance was in Robert Sherwood's Abe Lincoln in Illinois -- McCarthy was critically hosannaed for his portrayal of Biff in the original 1948 production of Death of a Salesmen (who could tell that he was but three years younger than the actor playing his father, Lee J. Cobb?) In 1951, McCarthy re-created his Salesman role in the film version, launching a movie career that would thrive for four decades. The film assignment that won McCarthy the hearts of adolescent boys of all ages was his portrayal of Dr. Miles Bennell in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). Bennell's losing battle against the invading pod people, and his climactic in-your-face warning "You're next!, " made so indelible an impression that it's surprising to discover that McCarthy's other sci-fi credits are relatively few. Reportedly, he resented the fact that Body Snatchers was the only film for which many viewers remembered him; if so, he has since come to terms with his discomfiture, to the extent of briefly reviving his "You're next!" admonition (he now screamed "They're here!" to passing motorists) in the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. He has also shown up with regularity in the films of Body Snatchers aficionado Joe Dante, notably 1984's Twilight Zone: The Movie (McCarthy had earlier played the ageless title role in the 1959 Zone TV episode "Long Live Walter Jamieson") and 1993's Matinee, wherein an unbilled McCarthy appeared in the film-within-a-film Mant as General Ankrum (a tip of the cap to another Dante idol, horror-movie perennial Morris Ankrum). Kevin McCarthy would, of course, have had a healthy stage, screen and TV career without either Body Snatchers or Joe Dante; he continued showing up in films into the early 1990s, scored a personal theatrical triumph in the one-man show Give 'Em Hell, Harry!, and was starred in the TV series The Survivors (1969), Flamingo Road (1981), The Colbys (1983) and Bay City Blues (1984).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Ghastly Love of Johnny X Actor $2.9K 2012
No Score Yet Wesley Bishop Ryder 2009
25% Slipstream Himself 2007
No Score Yet Fallen Angels Father Waltz 2007
No Score Yet Trail of the Screaming Forehead Actor 2007
No Score Yet Brando Actor 2007
No Score Yet Loving Annabelle Father Harris 2006
No Score Yet The Boneyard Collection Actor 2006
56% Looney Tunes: Back in Action Dr. Bennell $21.1M 2003
No Score Yet June Moon Actor 2002
No Score Yet Addams Family Reunion Grandpa 1999
No Score Yet The Second Civil War Chief of Staff 1997
15% Steal Big, Steal Little Reed Tyler 1995
No Score Yet The Sister-in-Law (Bloodknot) George 1995
No Score Yet Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story Sol Siegel 1995
24% Just Cause Phil Prestiss 1995
No Score Yet Mommy Fire Department Rescuer 1994
No Score Yet Roadracers Miles 1994
28% Greedy Bartlett 1994
No Score Yet Implicación Judicial Judge Pollan 1994
13% The Distinguished Gentleman Terry Corrigan 1992
94% Matinee General 1992
No Score Yet Duplicates Dr. Congemi 1992
No Score Yet Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go to College Prof. Ragnar 1991
No Score Yet Final Approach Gen. Geller 1991
No Score Yet Dead on the Money Waverly Blake 1991
20% Eve of Destruction Bill Simmons, Eve's Father 1990
No Score Yet Love Or Money William Reed 1990
No Score Yet The Rose and the Jackal Actor 1990
No Score Yet The Sleeping Car Vincent Tuttle 1989
No Score Yet Passion and Paradise Harold Christie 1989
64% UHF R.J. Fletcher 1989
No Score Yet Fast Food Judge Reinholt 1989
No Score Yet Once upon a Texas Train The Govenor 1988
No Score Yet Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story Franklin Hutton 1987
82% Innerspace Victor Scrimshaw 1987
No Score Yet LBJ: The Early Years Joseph Kennedy 1987
No Score Yet Dark Tower Sergie 1987
No Score Yet Hostage Col. Shaw 1987
No Score Yet The Midnight Hour Judge Crandall 1985
No Score Yet The Ratings Game Wes Vandergelder 1984
No Score Yet Invitation to Hell Thompson 1984
58% Twilight Zone: The Movie Uncle Walt 1983
No Score Yet My Tutor Mr. Chrystal 1983
No Score Yet Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story Dr. Jones 1982
70% The Howling Fred Francis 1981
No Score Yet Those Lips, Those Eyes Mickey Bellinger 1980
No Score Yet Hero at Large Calvin 1980
No Score Yet Portrait of an Escort Actor 1980
95% Invasion of the Body Snatchers Running Man 1978
72% Piranha Dr. Robert Hoak 1978
No Score Yet Aces High Drake 1976
71% Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson The Publicist (Maj. John Burke) 1976
No Score Yet Anton Chekhov's The Seagull Actor 1975
No Score Yet Dan Candy's Law Malcolm Grant 1974
No Score Yet Columbo: Requiem for a Falling Star Actor 1973
No Score Yet Kansas City Bomber Burt Henry 1972
No Score Yet A Great American Tragedy Actor 1972
No Score Yet Ace High Drake 1969
No Score Yet Operation Heartbeat Actor 1969
No Score Yet If He Hollers, Let Him Go! Leslie Whitlock 1968
100% Hotel Curtis O'Keefe 1967
No Score Yet A Big Hand for the Little Lady Otto Habershaw 1966
No Score Yet Mirage Josephson 1965
No Score Yet The Three Sisters Vershinin 1965
No Score Yet The Best Man Dick Jensen 1964
No Score Yet 40 Pounds of Trouble Blanchard 1963
No Score Yet A Gathering of Eagles Gen. Kirby 1963
97% The Misfits Raymond Taber 1961
No Score Yet Nightmare Stan Grayson 1956
98% Invasion of the Body Snatchers Mile Binnell 1956
No Score Yet An Annapolis Story Jim R. Scott 1955
No Score Yet Stranger on Horseback Tom Bannerman 1955
No Score Yet Drive a Crooked Road Steve Norris 1954
No Score Yet Death of a Salesman Biff Loman 1951

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Face the Nation
1954-2018
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Meet the Press
1947
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
80% The Weird Al Show
1997
  • 1997
33% Boston Common
1996-1997
Weaver
  • 1996
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
Guest
  • 1992
0% Charlie Hoover
1991
Mr. Culbertson
  • 1991
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Milton Porter
  • 1991
  • 1985
No Score Yet Matlock
1986-1995
Jonathan Horton
  • 1989
No Score Yet Head of the Class
1986-1991
Whitley
  • 1987
No Score Yet The A-Team
1983-1987
McKeever
  • 1986
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
  • 1986
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Simmons
  • 1973
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Whitmore Channing
  • 1971
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
Kroll
  • 1968
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Malone
  • 1966
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
Caresse
  • 1966
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Walter Jameson
  • 1960

QUOTES FROM Kevin McCarthy CHARACTERS

Dr. Miles Bennel
There isn't a human being left in Santa Mira!
Dr. Miles Bennel
I never knew the meaning of fear until I kissed Becky
Dr. Miles Bennel
I never knew the meaning of fear until I kissed Becky.
Fred Francis
(on the phone after Karen freezes during a newscast) - Who knows? Maybe she's pregnant. Listen, get in touch with that Fujiama, Fujimoto, or whatever the hell her name is and get her ready for the 11:00 report.
Dr. Miles Bennel
They're here already! You're next! You're next!