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He Was Capt. Lee Crane on the TV Series ‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,’ Starred in Two James Bond Movies and Was Turned Into an Insect in ‘The Fly’: David Hedison Dies

Jul 22, 2019  •  Post A Comment

Actor David Hedison, who had a memorable run on as Capt. Lee Crane on the TV show “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” from 1964-1968, has died.

Hedison died Thursday in Los Angeles, according to media reports. He was 92.

His death was announced by his daughters, Alexandra and Serena, who said he “passed away peacefully” with family members at his side.

Hedison had a career as a stage actor before turning his attention to film and television. He was still known as Al Hedison when he played Andre Delambre in the 1958 horror classic “The Fly,” in which he was turned into an insect.

He had a starring role as counterintelligence officer Victor Sebastian in the short-lived NBC spy drama “Five Fingers” in 1959-1960, a role for which NBC reportedly insisted that he change his name. Hedison suggested he go by his middle name, David, and he became known as David Hedison from that point on.

His best-known role may be that of Capt. Lee Crane on ABC’s futuristic submarine adventure series “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” where he was second-in-command to Richard Basehart.

Hedison played CIA agent Felix Leiter, an ally of 007, in the James Bond movie “Live and Let Die” in 1973, and reprised the role 16 years later in “Licence to Kill.”

He had a prolific TV career, capped off by a run as Arthur Hendricks on the soap opera “The Young and the Restless” in 2004.

Here’s the scene that still haunts many of us who watched “The Fly” …

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