A famed Hollywood actor who appeared as a supporting character in a pair of classic James Bond films has reportedly passed away at the age of 92.
Fox News reported that a representative of the family announced in an email that David Hedison died in Los Angeles on Thursday with his beloved daughters by his side.
Brought “joy and humor” with “great style”
Hedison’s daughters Alexandra and Serena said in a joint statement, “Even in our deep sadness, we are comforted by the memory of our wonderful father.”
“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,” they continued.
“Our dad brought joy and humor wherever he went and did so with great style,” the daughters added.
Lengthy acting career
The Hollywood Reporter noted that Hedison was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1927 and began his career as a theatrical actor while attending Brown University. His film debut came in a 1957 World War II naval drama known as The Enemy Below where he starred alongside famed actor Robert Mitchum.
The thespian started his stage and film career under the name Al Hedison, but eventually transitioned to using his middle name, David, in 1959 after signing a contract with Twentieth Century Fox.
Hedison starred in a number of movies and television series over his lengthy career, but was perhaps best known for his role as scientist Andre Delambre in the classic 1958 original science-fiction hit The Fly, in which the scientist transformed into an insect as part of an experiment gone wrong.
The actor was also known for his supporting role as CIA agent Felix Leiter in the James Bond films Live and Let Die and License to Kill, released in 1973 and 1989, respectively.
Other key roles for Hedison included his portrayal of Capt. Lee Crane in the 1960s sci-fi television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, as well as a character named Spencer Harrison on the 1990s daytime soap opera Another World.
Hedison’s wife, Bridget Hedison, who was a producer for the primetime drama Dynasty and other well-known programs, preceded her husband in death in 2016.
Hedison is survived by his two daughters, who have directed any donations made in his memory to The Actors Fund, which provides financial assistance for struggling artists in need of aid.