David Hedison, the film, television, and stage actor whose career stretched into seven decades, has died at the age of 92.
The actor passed away in Los Angeles on June 18th with his daughters, Alexandra and Serena, by his side.
“Even in our deep sadness, we are comforted by the memory of our wonderful father,” his daughters said in a statement issued to LA Times. “He loved us all dearly and expressed that love every day. He was adored by so many, all of whom benefited from his warm and generous heart. Our dad brought joy and humor wherever he went and did so with great style.”
After starting life as a theatre actor in 1949, Hedison went on to sign his first film contract with 20th Century Fox in May 1957, agreeing to star in the classic war film The Enemy Below which was released later that year.
Following that up, Hedison appeared in arguably one of his most memorable roles; the lead role in the science-fiction horror classic The Fly which is etched into the history of cinema as an all-time great.
Hedison would later spend four years working as part of the television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, the pioneering science-fiction programme created by Irwin Allen.
In the late 1970s and into the ’80s the veteran actor famously appeared in two different James Bond films; the 1973 effort Live and Let Die and, 16 years later, in Licence to Kill.