Alien Pod Creatures Win in the End: Kevin McCarthy, Popular TV Guest Star and Most Famous for Starring in the Original ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ Dies at 96

Sep 13, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Kevin McCarthy, who worked in TV for five decades, and was best known for starring in the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," has died at age 96, according to a number of media reports.

He died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 in at the Cape Cod Hospital in Massachusetts, according to the Associated Press. No cause of death was confirmed.

His only Oscar nomination was for playing the role of Biff in the 1951 movie version of "Death of a Salesman."

Five years later he was to play the role for which he would be most identified for the rest of his life: Dr. Miles Bennell in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."

According to the AP, "His frantic shouting of ‘You’re next!’ to those in approaching cars became so well known among science-fiction fans that he was often asked to spoof the role. He more or less did that in the opening minutes of the 1978 remake, which starred Donald Sutherland as the hero menaced by the pod people."

The originally movie was a flop when initially released, the article said, but was seen by millions over time in repeated showings on TV.

McCartney himself was a regular player in guest appearances on TV for five decades.

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