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Kevin McCarthy

Highest Rated:   100% The Misfits (1961)
Lowest Rated:   10% Eve of Destruction (1990)
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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 Death of A Salesman
  • Actor
2013
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
57% 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
25% Just Cause
  • Phil Prestiss
1995
No Score Yet Mommy
  • Fire Department Rescuer
1994
No Score Yet Roadracers
  • Miles
1994
29% Greedy
  • Bartlett
1994
No Score Yet Implicación Judicial
  • Judge Pollan
1994
13% The Distinguished Gentleman
  • Terry Corrigan
1992
93% 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
10% 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
63% 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
81% 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 (The Mogul)
  • Wes Vandergelder
1984
No Score Yet Invitation to Hell
  • Thompson
1984
65% 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
66% The Howling
  • Fred Francis
1981
No Score Yet Hero at Large
  • Calvin
1980
No Score Yet Portrait of an Escort
  • Actor
1980
94% Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Running Man
1978
72% Piranha
  • Dr. Robert Hoak
1978
No Score Yet Aces High
  • Drake
1976
82% 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
No Score Yet 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 The Prize
  • Dr. John Garrett
1963
No Score Yet 40 Pounds of Trouble
  • Blanchard
1963
No Score Yet A Gathering of Eagles
  • Gen. Kirby
1963
100% 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
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Meet the Press
1947
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Walter Jameson
  • 1960

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