Any parent in the present-day can attest that juggling between work and family is often a struggle. It requires proper time management and setting priorities accordingly. One of the Hollywood celebrities who had mastered the art of juggling his career and personal life is David Hedison. Although he is now deceased, many of his friends, relatives and colleagues will always cherish the moments they shared with him.
According to David Hedison bio, the actor was born on the 20th of May 1927 in Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America. His parents named him Albert David Hedison Jr. at birth. He was born into an American-based Armenian family. His father's name was Albert David Hedison (Heditsian) Sr. while his mother was called Rose Boghosian. Taurus was his Zodiac sign, and his nationality was American. David Hedison actor died on the 18th of July 2019 in Los Angeles, California, United States of America. David Hedison age was 92 years at the time of his demise.
- Name: Albert David Hedison Jr. (commonly known as David Hedison)
- Date of birth: 20th of May 1927
- Place of birth: Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America
- Date of death: 18th of July 2019
- Location of death: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
- Zodiac sign: Taurus
- Nationality: American
- Ancestry: Armenian
- Father: Albert David Hedison (Heditsian) Sr.
- Mother: Rose Boghosian
- Marriage: Bridget Hedison (m. 1968)
- Children: 2 daughters (Alexandra Hedison and Serena Hedison)
- Profession: Actor
David Hedison early life and education
David watched the 1941 film, Blood and Sand when he was 14 years old. He developed an interest in acting as opposed to inheriting his father's business. He followed this dream by joining the theatre. At the time, he used the name Al Hedison. He joined Brown University where he became an active member of the Sock and Buskin Players. Later, he relocated to New York City where he joined the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre to study. Martha Graham and Sanford Meisner were his classmates in the theatre school. He also took classes at the Actors Studios together with Lee Strasberg.
David began his acting career as a trained professional at the Newport Casino Theatre. He took various roles in different plays and executed each character excellently. In the New York Theatre, two of his most popular plays were Much Ado About Nothing in 1952 and A Month in the Country in 1956. The latter was directed by Michael Redgrave, and it ran for 48 performances. David was named one of the most promising theatre personalities of the 1955-56 season.
Soon, his work was recognised by numerous people. He even won the award of Most Promising Young Actor during the Barter Theatre Awards. The award opened a new opportunity for him to work at a Virginia-based theatre. He also worked at a radio station in North Carolina and appeared on stage in Pittsburgh.
David Hedison movies and TV shows
After the 1996 play, A Month in the Country, David signed a contract with 20th Century Fox in May the following year. The same year, he featured in his first movie, The Enemy Below, followed by the horror film, The Fly in 1958. He starred in many other television shows and movies in his lifetime.
The movies that this actor starred in are;
- The Enemy Below (1957): He played the role of Lt. Ware.
- The Fly (1958): He acted as Andre Delambre.
- The Son of Robin Hood (1958): He played the role of Jamie. He went to England to play this leading role.
- The Lost World (1960): He starred as Ed Malone.
- Marines, Let's Go! (1961): He featured as Pfc. Dave Chatfield.
- The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965): He acted as Philip.
- Kemek (1970): David played the role of Nick.
- A Kiss Is Just a Kiss (1971): He starred as Kit Shaeffer.
- Crime Club (1973): In this television movie, he acted as Nick Kelton.
- Live and Let Die (1973): He was Felix Leiter in the film. This was one of the James Bond films.
- The Cat Creature (1973): He was Prof. Roger Edmonds in this movie.
- The Compliment (1974): David portrayed the character of Steve Barker in this film.
- For the Use of the Hall (1975): He also featured in this film as Parker Sharon.
- Murder in Peyton Place (1977): The actor also starred as Steven Cord in this film.
- Colorado C.I. (1978): This was yet another film where he starred as David Royce.
- The Power Within (1979): He acted as Danton.
- North Sea Hijack (1980): David acted as Robert King in this movie.
- Kenny Rogers as The Gambler: The Adventure Continues (1983): He featured as Carson.
- The Naked Face (1984): He starred as Dr Peter Hadley.
- Smart Alec (1986): He acted as Frank Wheeler.
- Licence to Kill (1989): He starred as Felix Leiter in this American-British spy film. This was a James Bond movie series.
- Undeclared War (1990): He featured as the US ambassador.
- Mach 2 (2000): He played the role of Stuart Davis.
- Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (2001): He featured as Daniel Alexander.
- Spectres (2004): He acted as William.
- The Reality Trap (2005): He featured in this film as Morgan Jameson.
- Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk (2017): David acted as interviewee 2 in this movie.
In addition to the above movies, David also featured in numerous television shows. His television show roles included;
- Five Fingers (1959-1960): He starred in 16 episodes of this show as Victor Sebastian.
- Hong Kong (1961): He acted as Roger Ames in the first season. The episode he was in was titled, Lesson in Fear.
- Bus Stop (1961): David featured in the episode, Call Back Yesterday, as Max Hendricks. He made this appearance in the first season.
- Perry Mason (1962): He featured as Damion White in the episode, The Case of the Dodging Domino, on the sixth season.
- The Saint (1964): He featured in the second season in the episode, Luella, as Bill Harvey.
- The Farmer's Daughter (1964): David acted as Richard Barden in the episode, The Mink Machine.
- Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-1968): He starred as Captain Lee Crane in 110 episodes of this series.
- ABC's Nightlife (1965): He appeared as himself.
- Hollywood Squares (1967): He was a panellist in 5 episodes.
- The Mike Douglas Show (1967): He appeared once as himself.
- You Don't Say! (1967): He appeared as himself in two episodes.
- Journey to the Unknown (1968): He acted as Willian Searle in the episode, Somewhere in a Crowd.
- ITV Sunday Night Theatre (1972): The actor appeared in one episode on the fourth season as Bill Kromin. The episode's title was A Man About a Dog.
- Play of the Month (1972): He featured as John Buchanan in the episode, Summer and Smoke, on the seventh season.
- The F.B.I. (1972-1973): David featured in two episodes as Scott Jordan and Lou Forrester.
- The New Perry Mason (1973): He appeared as Calvin Ryan in the episode, The Case of the Frenzied Feminist.
- Cannon (1973-1975): He acted in three episodes as David Farnum, John Sandler and Gordon Bell.
- Shaft (1974): He featured in the episode, The Capricorn Murders, as Gil Kirkwood.
- Medical Centre (1974): He acted as Dave in the episode, Dark Warning.
- The Wide World of Mystery (1974): He acted in one episode of the show as Dave.
- The Manhunter (1974): The actor featured in the episode, The Man Who Thought He Was Dillinger, as Jeffrey Donnenfield.
- The ABC Afternoon Playbreak (1974): He starred as Clay in the episode, Can I Save My Children?
- Bronk (1975): David acted as Lyle Brewster in the episode, Betrayal.
- Ellery Queen (1976): He featured as Roger Woods in the episode, The Adventure of the Eccentric Engineer.
- Family (1976): He was Peter Towne in two episodes.
- Barnaby Jones (1977): He acted as Paul Nugent in the episode, The Deadly Charade.
- Wonder Woman (1977): He was Evan Robley in the episode, The Queen and the Thief.
- Gibbsville (1977): He featured in the episode, The Grand Gesture.
- The Love Boat (1977-1985): He featured in seven episodes as Cliff Jacobs, Bradford York, Barry Singer, Allan Christensen, Buddy Stanfield and Sherman.
- The Bob Newhart Show (1978): He featured as Steve Darnell in the episode, It Didn't Happen One Night.
- Project U.F.O. (1978): The appeared in the episode, Sighting 4011: The Dollhouse Incident, as Steve Darnell.
- Flying High (1978): He played the role of Glen Dodson in the episode, High Rollers.
- Charlie's Angels (1978-1981): The actor appeared in two episodes as John Thornwood and Carter Gillis.
- Fantasy Island (1978-1984): He featured in six episodes where he played different characters.
- Greatest Heroes of the Bible (1979): He played the role of Ashpenaz.
- Benson (1979): He acted in the pilot of this show as John Taylor.
- Nero Wolfe (1981): He featured in the episode, Murder by the Book, as Phillip Corrigan.
- Hart to Hart (1982): He featured in the episode, Hart of Diamonds, as Miles Wiatt.
- T.J. Hooker (1982): The actor appeared in one episode as Saxon.
- Romance Theatre (1982): He acted as Marc in four episodes.
- Matt Houston: David appeared in one episode on season one as Pierre Cerdan.
- The Fall Guy (1982-1985): He featured in three episodes as Monte Sorrenson, Milo and Jordan Stevens.
- Amanda's (1983): In this show, he portrayed the character of David in the first season.
- Dynasty: He featured as Sam Dexter in two episodes.
- Partners in Crime (1984): He was in the episode, Fantasyland, as Davidson.
- Simon & Simon (1985): He was in two episodes in the character of Austin Tyler.
- Double Trouble (1985): He acted as David Burke in the episode, September Song.
- Finder of Lost Loves (1985): He acted as Neil Palmer in the episode, Haunted Memories.
- Knight Rider (1985): He acted as Theodore Cooper in the episode, Knight in Retreat.
- A.D. (1985): He featured in five episodes as Porcius Festus.
- Crazy Like a Fox (1985): David appeared as Ed Galvin in the episode, Eye in the Sky.
- The A-Team (1985): He featured as David Vaughn in the episode, Mind Games.
- Trapper John, M.D. (1985): He acted as Miles Warner in the episode, The Second Best Man.
- Hotel (1985- 1987): He featured in two episodes in the characters of Dr Howard Bentley and Jack Fitzpatrick.
- The Colbys (1985- 1987): He was in nine episodes as Roger Langdon.
- Murder, She Wrote (1986- 1989): David acted as Jim Ratcliff in the episode, Mona.
- The Law and Harry McGraw (1987): He appeared as Blake Devaroe in the episode, Mr Chapman, I Presume?
- Another World (1992): He appeared in this soap opera as Spencer Harrison.
- The Young and the restless (2004): He starred in 50 episodes as Arthur Hendricks.
- Soap Talk (2004): He appeared as himself in two episodes.
At the beginning of his career, David Hedison used the name Al Hedison until 1959. NBC asked him to change it to David Hedison as one of the conditions for him to feature in the television show, Five Fingers. Initially, he was reluctant, but he agreed to change his name. He starred in the show which lasted one season only.
Although the actor joined Hollywood where he became a sought-after figure, his love for the theatre never died. On several occasions, he went back to the theatre where he participated in different plays. Among these were Tale of the Allergist's Wife in 2002 at the Pollak Theatre, Monmouth University and Love Letters in 2007. He also worked at the Los Angeles based Fountain Theatre in 2006 in the play, The Scent of Jasmine.
In 2007, he worked at Actor's Studio West as Uncle Vanya. Two years later, he took part in I Never Sang for My Father and The Cherry Orchard in Los Angeles. He also appeared in Edward Albee's play, The Marriage Play.
David Hedison net worth
At the time of his demise, the actor had an estimated net worth of $1 Million.
Personal life, marriage and death
After he finished filming the television series, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, David relocated to London, United Kingdom. He lived in London for two years because he was in love with the city at the time. He moved back to the United States of America after the two years and admitted that securing acting jobs after his return was difficult.
On the 29th of June 1968, David married the love of his life Bridget Hedison in London. The couple gave birth to two children, Alexandra Hedison and Serena Hedison. Alexandra is an actress, photographer and director while Serena is an editor and producer. David Hedison wife died on the 22nd of February 2016 after battling breast cancer. Is David Hedison still alive? Unfortunately, the actor died on the 18th of July 2019 at his Los Angeles home.
David Hedison was an American actor who started his acting career at the theatre. He later signed a contract with 20th Century Fox and went on to star in numerous television shows and movies, including two James Bond movies. He lived a full life, but he died recently at the age of 92 years. His family fans, friends and colleagues will remember him as a funny man who loved his family.