Date of Birth
20 May 1927, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Albert David Hedison Jr.
6′ 1″ (1.85 m)
David Hedison was born Albert David Hedison, Jr. in Providence, RI. He decided he wanted to be an actor after seeing Blood and Sand (1941). He started out in the theater as Al Hedison, receiving a Theatre World Award for most promising newcomer after appearing in the play “Much Ado About Nothing”. He soon signed on with Twentieth Century-Fox and starred in several movies before going on to TV’s “Five Fingers” (1959) and a name change to David Hedison. He then appeared in the popular TV sci-fi series “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” (1964). After the show went off the air, Hedison continued acting in many made-for-TV films and guest shots on TV series, including two James Bond films. He also was a series regular on the soap opera “Another World” (1964). More recently, he starred in theatrical productions with veteran actors Juliet Mills and Lois Nettleton. Hedison can currently be seen on the TV soap “The Young and the Restless” (1973).
IMDb Mini Biography By: L.M. Adams
(29 June 1968 – present) 2 children
First actor to portray 007’s CIA friend Felix Leiter twice: Live and Let Die (1973) and Licence to Kill (1989).
Children are: Alexandra Hedison and Serena Rose Hedison
Some publications list his birth name as “Ara Heditsian.” His Armenian grandfather reportedly changed the family name from Heditsian to Hedison because everyone always mispronounced it as Hedison.
He is half Armenian. The most famous Armenian filmmaker is Sergei Parajanov the best friend of Mikhail Vartanov, also an Armenian. None have Armenian last names.
His name is one of just five celebrity names actually incorporated into The Statler Brothers’ top ten song “The Movies”. The lyricist needed a word that rhymed with Thomas Edison.
Best remembered by the public for his starring role as Capt. Lee Crane in the TV series “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” (1964).
When I go back to theater I feel good about myself. When I do films or TV, it’s to make a little bread to pay my mortgage or whatever and when I’ve made the money I do theater again. And when I get a part I like, a part I can work on, that satisfies me. I feed good about myself. Most of the time I don’t even watch what I do on TV. I go in, get the job done, and just know it’s nothing. It’s a job. Sometimes, I try something different and I’ll watch out of curiosity. Generally, I don’t watch too much of what I do. Movies are basically the same, except it’s more money spent on sets.
Of course, there are pictures you never want to see again — most of the films I’ve made like The Fly (1958), The Lost World (1960), Marines, Let’s Go (1961). There’s a whole slew of shit I avoid like the plague and when I know they’ll be on TV I have a dinner party and invite my friends over so they can’t see them.
[on why he turned down the lead in “The Brady Bunch” (1969)] I turned it down because after four years of subs and monsters, who needs kids and dogs?
In your career, you must be so careful, otherwise you get caught in a particular image and it’s hard to break.
The Fly (1958)