Family announced today that iconic actor David Hedison has passed away. While his cause of death is not known, his family says that they are comforted by his memories and that their father brought “joy and humor” wherever he went.
David Hedison was married to Bridget Mori Hedison from 1968 to her death in 2016. Bridget died of breast cancer after a long battle with the disease. He is survived by his two children, who both followed in his Hollywood footsteps.
Serena Heidson is an editor and producer, and Alexandra Hedison is an actress, director, and photographer who has appeared in The L Word and L.A. Firefighters. She married Jodie Foster in 2014, two years before her mother died.
David Hedison had a long and successful Hollywood career, though he is most famous for his role as Felix Leiter in two James Bond movies. Felix Leiter is James Bond’s ally at the CIA who helps him gain access to information and areas he would otherwise be unable to get.
Hedison played Leiter in Sir Roger Moore’s first Bond flick, the 1973 Live and Let Die. 16 years later he was asked to reprise his role in the 1989’s License to Kill with Timothy Dalton as Bond.
These weren’t the only roles that made Hedison a household name in his golden years, though. There was a deep need to call major bed bug pest control in The Fly, a classic 1958 movie where Hedison is turned into a giant fly. Huge insects were a big issue in the ‘50s, apparently. It was one of his first roles, and the movie is an iconic piece of science fiction history.
He also had a major role in the 1960s sci-fi television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. It ran from 1964-1968, and Hedison was one of only two people in all 110 of the episodes. It was based on the movie with the same name from 1961.
The television show has the unique distinction of being the longest-running American sci-fi series with continuing characters of its decade. It took place in the future, with two of seasons being set in the ‘70s, and the last two being set in the ‘80s.
Hedison is described by his family as having a ‘wicked’ sense of humor and a sharp sense of style, two things they remember best about the man.
He once said that the movies he starred in were not something that people want to watch, and he strategically planned his dinner parties around when they would be on television so that no one would watch them.
David Hedison was 92 at the time of his death.