Dashing David Hedison Dies @ 92

Handsome leading man David Hedison, whose career included stints in Bond movies, as a TV lead and in the 1958 classic The Fly, died Thursday in L.A., THR reports.

Hedison in his heyday and in 2014. (Images via headshot & Matthew Rettenmund)

He was 92.

Hedison's most high-profile role was as Captain Lee Crane on the series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-1968), a show that for its staying power is rarely seen today.

He got his start on TV with a spot on the series Danger (1954), making his film debut in the Robert Mitchum (1917-1997) flick The Enemy Below (1957).

In 1958, he starred in one of the most beloved horror films of all time, the still-creepy The Fly, playing a mad scientist turned into a fly.

A '70s visit to Wonder Woman (Image via ABC)

He was also a hit in Son of Robin Hood (1958), and in the Irwin Allen (1916-1991) film The Lost World (1960).

Hedison was amused by Bachardy's rendering of him. (Image by Don Bachardy)

After a season as the star of the series Five Fingers (1959), Hedison worked steadily, in films, in theater and especially on TV, often as a handsome male lead. He did play the Bond character Felix Leiter twice, in Live and Let Die (1973) and License to Kill (1989).

Hedison was married to Bridget Hedison from 1968 until her death in 2016. He is survived by their daughters, one of whom — Alexandra Hedison (b. 1969) — is married to Jodie Foster (b. 1962).

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Hedison at an autograph show. He was absolutely lovely, and was excited to see a portrait he'd sat for painted by Don Bachardy (b. 1934) in a book I brought him. Charming man, and MeTV just re-ran an episode of The Love Boat on which he played Linda Evans's (b. 1962) love interest.

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