David Hedison (left) poses with Brett Halsey in April 2010. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Actor David Hedison (née Al Hedison), best known for his roles in The Fly (1958), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-68), and the two James Bond films (Live and Let Die, Licence to Kill) as Felix Leiter, passed away on July 18. He was 92.
I met David Hedison at a convention in Los Angeles in April 2010. He was there with Brett Halsey, star of Return of the Fly (1958). As a fan of classic horror films, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to meet them. About 10 years ago, Hedison published his autobiography (co-written with two other authors), The Fly at 50: The Creation and Legacy of a Classic Science Fiction Film. There was even a Godzilla fanzine that ran an interview with Hedison about the book, which still puzzles me to this day.
Rest in peace, David Hedison.