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About David Hedison (1927 – )
Born May 20, 1927, Albert David Hedison, Jr. is an American actor with more than 150 appearances in film, television, and theatre. At the request of NBC, he dropped his first name and used his middle name as his first.
Hedison decided he wanted to be an actor after he saw Tyrone Power in the film, BLOOD AND SAND (1941). David began his acting career with the Sock and Buskin Players at Brown University, before moving to New York to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Actors Studio.
David started out in the theater as Al Hedison, receiving a Theatre World Award for most promising newcomer after appearing in the play MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. He soon signed on with Twentieth Century Fox, and launched his movie career.
Hedison was the first actor to portray 007's CIA friend Felix Leiter twice, in LIVE AND LET DIE; (1973) and LICENSE TO KILL; (1989). Some of this other films include THE FLY; (1958), THE LOST WORLD; (1960), and MARINES, LET'S GO; (1961).
Hedison is best remembered by the public for his starring role as Capt. Lee Crane in the TV series, VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA; (1964).
Much of David Hedison's acting career has been on television. In 1961, he guest-starred with Geraldine Brooks; (1925-1977) in an episode of ABC's BUS STOP, the 16-episode series, FIVE FINGERS, and the ABC television version of Irwin Allen's VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA.
He was also a series regular on the soap opera, ANOTHER WORLD; (1964), and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; (1973).
David married his wife, Bridget, in London, on June 29, 1968. They have two adult children: Actress/Director/Photographer Alexandra Hedison and Serena Hedison.
David Hedison's notable movie credits include...
THE REALITY TRAP (2005)
MEGIDDO: THE OMEGA CODE 2 (2001)
MACH 2 (2001)
SHEN ZHAN FENG YUN (1990)
LICENSE TO KILL (1989)
SMART ALEX (1986)
THE NAKED FACE (1984)
THE AWAKENING OF CASSIE (1982)
LIVE AND LET DIE (1973)
THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD (1965)
David Hedison in THE ENEMY BELOW (1957).
David Hedison in LIVE AND LET DIE (1973).
Hedison in THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD (1965).