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September 12, 2010


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My first introduction to him was through Joe Dante's films, particularly his segment in the TWILIGHT ZONE movie and INNERSPACE. It was a pleasure to go back and watch him in the earlier movies, particularly BODY SNATCHERS. I wish I could have seen him as Truman, though. R.I.P.

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Like ljpranzer, it was Dante's films that introduced me to his talent. Innnerspace featured him particularly delightful as the sort of villain James Bond used to smack around. I always appreciated Dante's continuous use of him, when I got older and found how how long he'd been around.

The last time I remember him in a non-Dante film was Robert Rodriguez's otherwise negligible 1950s exploitationer Roadracers. When David Arquette and his pal go to a screening of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Cut to Arquette and his friend freaking out in the theater, as they pan over to McCarthy, seated a few feet away, grinning, with a knowing look. Wonderful.

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And I'm utterly chuffed that he lived to be nearly one hundred goddamn grumpy years old

Just like his Walter Jameson character in that classic TZ episode. Life imitates art!


I actually met McCarthy in late April of this year at one of those Hollywood Collectors shows in Burbank. It was pretty sad; he mostly sat there in his wheelchair staring into space, but he did manage to respond to my greeting briefly before deferring to a woman who I believe may have been his daughter. I chatted with her for a minute about the ongoing unavailability of "Death of a Salesman" on home video (she thought it had something to do Arthur Miller's dislike of the production) and then I moved on to happier encounters with the likes Margaret O'Brien, Joe Turkel, Theresa Russell and Mike Connors.

So, kinda bittersweet, but glad I got to meet him.


I knew of Body Snatchers, of course, but had never seen it, and knew him mostly as a journeyman actor who appeared in a lot of episodic TV in the late seventies. Then I saw Piranha, and even better, Dante's It's A Good Life, and realized what a wonderfully inventive comic performer he could be. From then on, I'd seek out anything he was in, and whatever the quality of the project, he was always a treat to watch.

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He's awesome in "Kansas City Bomber" as a shark-like boss.


For nerds of a certain age, McCarthy's performance as RJ Fletcher in Weird Al's _UHF_ is almost as iconic as his role in _Body Snatchers_. A funny and silly performance in a funny, silly movie.

So when I had the opportunity to talk with him a bit, about a dozen years ago, I was just amazed at the stories this guy had. He knew everybody in Hollywood in the 50s and, at least at that time, remembered tales about it all. Listening to him talk about the night of Montgomery Clift's accident was spell-binding. He seemed like a great guy who had an absolutely amazing life.


He was also terrific as Gregory Peck's slightly smarmy, morally conflicted colleague in Edward Dmytryk's 1965 thriller "Mirage."


He was good in "Mirage." I tend to think of him chiefly as Montgomery Clift's very close if somewhat oblivious friend. RIP.

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I was delighted when he appeared opposite his old friend Dick Miller in TRAIL OF THE SCREAMING FOREHEAD. The set was absolutely electric that day, and though it was only a brief cameo, he ad-libbed new dialogue in every take, causing an awful lot of crew members to desperately jam their fists in their mouths to keep from breaking up and ruining the shot. I occasionally had lunch with him and Jimmy Karen and he was always the charmer.

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