Updated: January 04, 2018
DAVID HEDISON PHOTO GALLERY #03
David Hedison is seen playing CIA agent Felix Leiter in Live and Let Die.Albert
David Hedison, Jr (b. May 20, 1927, Providence, Rhode Island) is an American
actor who has made more than 150 appearances in film, television, and theatre.
From 1950-1959, he is credited as Al Hedison. When he was cast in the TV series
Five Fingers, NBC insisted that he change his name, so he suggested using his
middle name and has been David Hedison ever since.
Hedison decided he wanted to be an actor after he saw Tyrone Power in the film
Blood and Sand. He began his acting career with the Sock & Buskin Players at
Brown University before moving to New York to study with Sanford Meisner and
Martha Graham at the Neighborhood Playhouse and with Lee Strasberg at the Actors
His work on the New York stage includes the off-Broadway production of A Month
in the Country, directed by Sir Michael Redgrave and starring Uta Hagen. He won
a Theater World Award for his performance in the play. He toured with Anita
Gillette in Neil Simon's Chapter Two and appeared in the West Coast premiere of
Forty Deuce. He toured with Elizabeth Ashley in Come into My Parlour and was in
the world premiere run of Bernard Slade's Return Engagements. He also starred in
the New York City premiere of First Love with Lois Nettleton. His most recent
theatrical production was The Tale of the Allergist's Wife.
After his role in A Month in the Country, Hedison signed a film contract with
20th Century-Fox. His first movie with them was the classic war film The Enemy
Below, which also starred Robert Mitchum. He followed that up with the 1958
horror classic The Fly. The film was selected as one of "The Sci-Fi 100" in
Entertainment Weekly as being one of the all-time greatest works of science
His other films include The Son of Robin Hood; Marines, Let's Go!; The Lost
World with producer Irwin Allen; The Greatest Story Ever Told; ffolkes, with
Roger Moore; the mini-series A.D.; Megiddo: The Omega Code II; and Spectres. He
is also notable as the only actor to have played James Bond's ally Felix Leiter
in more than one film (Live and Let Die and Licence to Kill).
David as Evan Robley in the tv series Wonder WomanMuch of Hedison's acting
career has been on television. He was cast as a counter espionage agent who
traveled the world as a Hollywood talent agent in the TV series Five Fingers.
The show ran for sixteen episodes. He followed that up with a starring role in
the TV version of Irwin Allen's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea with Richard
Basehart. The show ran for four years. He also had a semi-regular role on The
In 1990, he was the series host for Phenomenal World. His television guest
appearances include The Saint with Roger Moore; The Love Boat; Fantasy Island;
The Bob Newhart Show; Charlie's Angels; The A-Team; and Knight Rider; among many
He also starred as Spencer Harrison on the American soap opera Another World
from 1991 to 1996. He followed that up in 2004 with a role on The Young and the
Restless as Arthur Hendricks. His most recent role is in the 2005 film The Reality
He married his wife Bridget in London on June 29, 1968, and they have two adult
children, Actress/Director/Photographer Alexandra Hedison and Serena. Like her
father, Alexandra has done some acting, starring in the L.A. Firefighters and
The L Word on Showtime.
Hedison was offered the role of Mike Brady in The Brady Bunch, but he turned it
down. He was also offered a role on the TV series Twin Peaks but could not
accept the role because he had already agreed to appear in a play in England.
In Licence to Kill, an early scene involved Felix Leiter parachuting to a
church. The parachute jump was filmed with a double, but Hedison was filmed
landing by being attached to a crane and brought to the ground. Director John
Glen asked the crane operator to speed the crane up to allow Hedison to land
quicker, but it was done too quickly and as a result of this, Hedison had a limp
for the rest of the film.