If you are a regular reader of this blog you know I am a sucker for the working actor, the man or woman who does the job and manages to make a living at it but not necessarily hit the big time in terms of celebrity. Kevin McCarthy was one of those guys.
He might be one of those people you recognize by face but can’t quite place. Or maybe he was one of those faces that you remembered instantly, even if you could never remember his name. He acted for most of his life, credited with some 200 motion pictures and television episodes in his seven-decade career.
Kevin McCarthy died Sunday at the age of 96. A lot of folks probably didn’t know he was still around. With some cult classics to his name, he has a good shot of always being around.
Here’s a sample:
From the classic “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1956)
From the cult favorite “Pirahna” (1978) (check out his speech around the 5:00 mark)
And from one of my young adult favorites (for some unknown reason), “UHF”(1989)