Kevin McCarthy Biography (1914-)

Born February 14 (some sources cite February 15), 1914, in Seattle, WA; son of Roy Winfield and Martha Therese (maiden name, Preston) McCarthy; brother ofMary McCarthy (a writer); married Augusta Dabney (an actress), 1941 (divorced, 1961); married Kate Crane, 1979; children: (first marriage) three; (secondmarriage) two. Addresses: Agent: Innovative Artists Talent, 1999 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067-6022.

Birth Details
February 14, 1914
Seattle, Washington, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Ronnie Meade, Winged Victory, 1944
  • Biff Loman, Death of a Salesman, Columbia, 1951
  • Steve Norris, Drive a Crooked Road, Columbia, 1954
  • Andre Rivage, Gambler from Natchez, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1954
  • Tom Bannerman, Stranger on Horseback, United Artists, 1955
  • Jim R. Scott, An Annapolis Story (also known as The Blue and the Gold), Allied Artists, 1955
  • Stan Grayson, Nightmare, United Artists, 1956
  • Dr. Miles J. Binnell, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (also known as Sleep No More), Allied Artists, 1956
  • Harry Jordan, Diamond Safari, 1958
  • Raymond Taber, The Misfits, 1961
  • Blanchard, Forty Pounds of Trouble, Universal, 1962
  • General "Happy Jack" Kirby, A Gathering of Eagles, Universal, 1963
  • Dr. John Garrett, The Prize, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1963
  • Allen McCleod, An Affair of the Skin (also known as Love As a Disorder), Zenith, 1964
  • Dick Jensen, The Best Man (also known as Gore Vidal's The Best Man), Warner Bros., 1964
  • Sylvester Josephson, Mirage, Universal, 1965
  • Otto Habershaw, A Big Hand for the Little Lady (also known as Big Deal at Dodge City), Warner Bros., 1966
  • Vershinin, The Three Sisters, 1966
  • Curtis O'Keefe, Hotel, Warner Bros., 1967
  • Colonel Wilson, The Hell with Heroes, Universal, 1968
  • Leslie Whitlock, If He Hollers, Let Him Go! (also known as DeadRight and Night Hunt), Paramount, 1968
  • Drake, Ace High (also known as Four Gunmen of Ave Maria, Revenge at El Paso, Revenge in El Paso, and I quattro dell'Ave Maria), Paramount, 1969
  • Burt Henry, Kansas City Bomber, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1972
  • Washington doctor, Richard, 1972
  • Between Time and Timbuktu, 1972
  • Malcolm Grant, Alien Thunder (also known as Dan Candy's Law and Le tonnerre rouge), 1974
  • Ed McLean, El clan de los inmorales (also known as Mission: ToKill, Order to Kill, Orden de matar, Ordine di uccidere, and La testa del serpente), 1975
  • Major John Burke, Buffalo Bill and the Indians (also known as Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson), United Artists, 1976
  • Running man, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (remake), United Artists, 1978
  • Dr. Robert Hoak, Piranha, 1978
  • Calvin Donnelly, Hero at Large, United Artists, 1980
  • Mickey Bellinger, Those Lips, Those Eyes, United Artists, 1980
  • Fred Francis, The Howling, 1981
  • Uncle Walt, "It's a Good Life," Twilight Zone: The Movie, 1983
  • Mr. Chrystal, My Tutor, 1983
  • Himself, Montgomery Clift, 1983
  • Sergie, Dark Tower, Spectrafilm, 1987
  • Victor Scrimshaw, Innerspace, 1987
  • Colonel Tim Shaw, Hostage, 1987
  • R.J. Fletcher, UHF (also known as The Vidiot from UHF), 1989
  • Judge Reinholte, Fast Food, 1989
  • Vincent Tuttle, The Sleeping Car, 1990
  • William Reed, Love or Money, 1990
  • William Simmons, Eve of Destruction, 1991
  • General Geller, Final Approach, 1991
  • Professor Ragnar, Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go to College (also known as Ghoulies Go to College), 1991
  • Terry Corrigan, The Distinguished Gentleman, 1992
  • General, Matinee, 1993
  • Bartlett, Greedy, 1994
  • Phil Prentiss, Just Cause, 1995
  • Reed Tyler, Steal Big, Steal Little, 1995
  • Fire department rescuer, Mommy, 1995
  • R.J. Fletcher, "UHF," "Weird Al" Yankovic: The Videos, 1996
  • Grandpa Addams, Addams Family Reunion, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Philip Hastings, The Survivors (also known as Harold Robbins' The Survivors), ABC, 1970
  • Claude Weldon, Flamingo Road, NBC, 1981-82
  • Zack Cartwright, Amanda's, ABC, 1983
  • George Hayward, Bay City Blues, 1983
  • Lucas Carter, The Colbys (also known as Dynasty II: The Colbys), 1986-87
  • Mr. Culbertson, Charlie Hoover, Fox, 1991
  • Movies
  • Clifford Coswell, U.M.C. (also known as Operation Heartbeat), CBS, 1969
  • Mark Reynolds, A Great American Tragedy, ABC, 1972
  • District Attorney Kamenski, Exo-Man, 1977
  • Tom Atherton, Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night, 1977
  • Dr. Ken Paige, Portrait of an Escort, 1980
  • Dr. Jones, Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story (also known as Rosie), 1982
  • Ward Hawley, The Making of a Male Model, ABC, 1983
  • Mr. Thompson, Invitation to Hell, 1984
  • Wes Vandergelder, The Ratings Game (also known as The Mogul), 1984
  • Reichman, Deadly Intentions, ABC, 1985
  • Judge Crandall, The Midnight Hour (also known as In the Midnight Hour), ABC, 1985
  • Jonathan Hire, A Masterpiece of Murder, NBC, 1986
  • Joseph P. Kennedy, LBJ: The Early Years, NBC, 1987
  • Harland Everett, The Long Journey Home, ABC, 1987
  • The governor, Once upon a Texas Train (also known as Texas Guns), CBS, 1988
  • Senator Wilson, The Rose and the Jackal, TNT, 1990
  • Waverly Blake, Dead on the Money, TNT, 1991
  • Dr. Nelson Congemi, Duplicates, USA Network, 1992
  • Miles, Roadracers (also known as Rebel Highway), Showtime,1994
  • Judge Pollan, Judicial Consent (also known as My Love, Your Honor), HBO, 1994
  • George Richards, The Sister-in-Law, Wilshire Court Productions, 1995
  • Chief of staff, The Second Civil War, HBO, 1997
  • Miniseries
  • Franklyn Hutton, Poor Little Rich Girl (also known as Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story), NBC, 1987
  • Harold Christie, Passion and Paradise, ABC, 1989
  • Sol Siegel, Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story, NBC, 1995
  • Episodic
  • Romeo, "Romeo and Juliet," Cameo Theatre, NBC, 1949
  • "I Can't Breathe," Actors' Studio, 1949
  • "Romeo and Juliet," The Philco Television Playhouse, 1949
  • "The Power Devil," The Philco Television Playhouse, 1950
  • "Jane Eyre," Westinghouse Studio One Summer Theatre, CBS, 1952
  • "Double Jeopardy," The Philco Television Playhouse, 1953
  • "Highway," The United States Steel Hour, ABC, 1954
  • "Spring Reunion," Goodyear Television Playhouse, NBC, 1954
  • "The Personal Touch," Goodyear Television Playhouse, NBC, 1954
  • "You Need Me," Star Tonight, 1955
  • Jameson, "Long Live Walter Johnson," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1960
  • Mark Twain, "The Shattered Idol," The Rifleman, 1961
  • "Two Black Kings," The United States Steel Hour, ABC, 1962
  • "A Burying for Rosey," The Legend of Jesse James, 1962
  • Winslow Quince, "Suspicion," The Rifleman, 1963
  • "The Gray Lady," Honey West, 1965
  • Herb Malone, "Wife Killer," The Fugitive, ABC, 1966
  • "The Spy Master," The F.B.I., ABC, 1966
  • Arthur Caresse, "The Moonglow Affair," The Man from U.N.C.L.E., NBC, 1966
  • Paul Cook, "The Watchers," The Invaders, 1967
  • "Counter-Stroke," The F.B.I., ABC, 1967
  • Major Richards, "The Expendables," Garrison's Gorillas, 1967
  • Victor Reese, "Full Fathom Five," Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 1968
  • General Kroll, "The Night of the Doomsday Formula," The Wild, Wild West, 1968
  • James Forrest, "North to Tucson," The High Chaparral, 1968
  • "Conspiracy of Silence," The F.B.I., ABC, 1969
  • "Conqueror's Gold," Bearcats! 1971
  • Whitmore Channing, "Invasion," Mission: Impossible, CBS, 1971
  • Allen Markham, "To Steal a King," Banacek, 1972
  • General Nielson, "The Deadly Trail," Cannon, 1974
  • Hunter R. Hickey, "The Last of the Great Paperhangers," Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 1976
  • "The Army Deserter," The Oregon Trail, 1977
  • Ben Harper, "Surrogates," Finder of Lost Loves, 1985
  • Milton Porter, "Armed Response," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1985
  • McKeever, "Members Only," The A-Team, 1986
  • Richard, "Second Motherhood," The Golden Girls, 1986
  • William Quigley, "To Tilt at Windmills," Fame, 1986
  • Doug McKenna, "First Let's Kill All the Lawyers," Simon and Simon, 1988
  • Harold LaPeer, In the Heat of the Night, NBC, 1988
  • Congressman Holmes, "Twilight," China Beach, 1989
  • Jonathan Horton, "The Fugitive," Matlock, 1989
  • Randolph Sterling, "From the Horse's Mouth," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1991
  • Walter Bowman, "Ever After," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1992
  • Voice of Dr. Long, "Nothing to Fear," Batman: The Animated Series,1992
  • "Curiosity Kills" (some sources say "Curiosity Killed"), Tales from the Crypt, USA Network, 1992
  • "The Courtship of Martin's Father," Dream On, HBO, 1994
  • Professor Weaver, "Coming Clean," Boston Common, NBC, 1996
  • Judge, "The Jury," Early Edition, CBS, 1997
  • Mayor, "Al Plays Hooky," The Weird Al Show, 1997
  • Congressman Reese, "Worst Block," The District, 2000
  • Congressman Reese, "Surveillance," The District, 2000
  • Congressman Reese, "The Real Terrorist," The District, 2000
  • Also appeared in "Antigone," Omnibus, CBS; appeared in episodes ofAlfred Hitchcock, CBS; Ben Casey, ABC; Breaking Point,ABC; Burke's Law, ABC; Climax, CBS; Dr. Kildare, NBC; DuPont Theatre, ABC; Dynasty; Judd for the Defense, ABC; Kraft Television Theatre, NBC; and The Name of the Game, NBC.
  • Specials
  • Mr. Hart, June Moon, 1974
  • Trigorin, The Seagull, 1975
  • Edison, Home, ABC, 1987
  • The general, Channel 99, NBC, 1988
  • Leo, Second Start, ABC, 1988
  • Montgomery Clift: His Place in the Sun, Cinemax, 1989
  • Presenter, The 7th Annual Genesis Awards, 1993
  • Himself, Marlon Brando: The Wild One, BBC, 1996
  • Montgomery Clift: The Hidden Star, Arts and Entertainment, 1998
  • Ray Walston: No Antennae, Please, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Other Television Appearances
  • Dr. Frank Simmons, Columbo: Requiem for a Falling Star, 1973
  • Claude Weldon, Flamingo Road (pilot), NBC, 1980
  • Deep Throat, Elvis Meets Nixon, 1997
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Broadway debut) Jasp and Phil, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, PlymouthTheatre, 1938
  • Dan Crawford, Brother Rat, Wharburton Square Playhouse, Yonkers, NY, 1938
  • Richard Banning, Flight to the West, Guild Theatre, New York City,1940
  • Mexican Mural, Chanin Building, Penthouse Theatre, New York City,1942
  • Ronny Meade, Winged Victory, 44th Street Theatre, New York City, 1943
  • Maurice, Truckline Cafe, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1946
  • Dunois, Joan of Lorraine, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1946
  • Morgan Decker, The Survivors, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1948
  • Kurt Heger, Bravo! Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1948
  • (London debut) Biff Loman, Death of a Salesman, Phoenix Theatre, 1949
  • Matt Burke, Anna Christie, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1952
  • Berowne, Love's Labour's Lost, City Center Theatre, 1953
  • Freddie Page, The Deep Blue Sea, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1953
  • Boris Trigorin, The Seagull, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1954
  • Ayamonn Breydon, Red Roses for Me, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1955
  • Richard Morrow, The Day the Money Stopped, Belasco Theatre, 1958
  • Jerry Ryan, Two for the Seesaw, Booth Theatre, 1959
  • Rupert Forster, Marching Song, Gate Theatre, New York City, 1959
  • Van Ackerman, Advise and Consent, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1960
  • Captain Dodd, Something about a Soldier, Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1962
  • Brecht on Brecht, Theatre de Lys, New York City, 1962, then Theatre at University of California, Los Angeles, 1963
  • Reverend Shannon, Night of the Iguana, Festival Theatre, Louisville, KY, 1964
  • Vershinin, The Three Sisters, Morosco Theatre, 1964
  • Homer, A Warm Body, Cort Theatre, 1967
  • Julian, Cactus Flower, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1967
  • Harold Ryan, Happy Birthday, Wanda June, Theatre de Lys, then Edison Theatre, 1970
  • Dan, The Children, New York Shakespeare Festival, The Other Stage,New York City, 1972
  • Trigorin, The Seagull, Williamstown Festival Theatre, Williamstown, MA, 1974
  • Gerte, The Rapists, New Dramatists Theatre, New York City, 1974
  • Harry Harrison, Harry Outside, Circle Repertory Theatre, New YorkCity, 1975
  • Multiple roles, Poor Murderer, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1976
  • The Lion in Winter, summer stock production, 1976
  • Equus, summer stock production, 1978
  • George Butler, Alone Together, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • President Harry S. Truman, Give 'em Hell, Harry, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, 1987
  • Major Tours
  • Ronny Meade, Winged Victory, U.S. cities, 1944
  • Jerry Ryan, Two for the Seesaw, U.S. cities, 1960-1965
  • Also toured as Freddie Page, The Deep Blue Sea.
  • Video Games
  • Gordon Fitzpatrick, The Pandora Directive, 1996
  • Books
  • (Editor) "They're Here" ... Invasion of the Body Snatchers: A Tribute, Berkley Boulevard (New York City), 1999

Further Reference


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    User Contributions:

    Mike Southern
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    Jul 14, 2014 @ 2:14 pm
    Kevin McCarthy also had a leading role in the 1954 NBC "spectacular" musical comedy
    Satins and Spurs starring Betty Hutton, broadcast in September that year. Although
    poorly received by the public and critics, the broadcast was historic in being the first
    TV spectacular to be broadcast in colour.

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