Kevin McCarthy (actor)

Kevin McCarthy ( * February 15, 1914 in Seattle, Washington; † 11 September 2010 in Hyannis, Massachusetts ) was an American actor.


Kevin McCarthy was the brother of the writer Mary McCarthy; also he was a cousin of U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy. After the early death of her parents in 1918 at the Spanish flu siblings McCarthy grew up with relatives in Prairie du Chien (Wisconsin ), where McCarthy 1932 Campion High School graduated. He briefly attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC, as it was his first wish to become a diplomat. Nevertheless, he studied drama at the University of Minnesota.

McCarthy has appeared in 200 film and television productions since the mid- 1940s. His biggest success was the part of Biff Loman in the film adaptation of Arthur Miller drama Death of a Salesman from the year 1951. For this achievement he received in 1952 an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in the same year the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Actor.

A wide audience, he was also known for the role of Dr. Bennell in the sci-fi classics of the Body Snatchers 1956. In the remake from 1977, The Body Snatchers, McCarthy made ​​a guest appearance as a madman, who flees from the alien invaders and is hit by a car.

In the years 1980/1981 he played the role of Claude Weldon in the U.S. series Flamingo Road 39 episodes long.

McCarthy was married twice. In 1941 he married actress Augusta Dabney, with whom he had three children. The couple divorced in 1961. In 1979 he came with Kate Crane to the altar, with whom he had two more children.

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