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Kevin McCarthy, ‘Body Snatchers’ Actor and Prolific Broadway Star, Dies

McCarthy died of natural causes at 96

Kevin McCarthy, who tried to warn of invading "pod people" in the 1956 classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," has died. He was 96.

His daughter Lillah confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that McCarthy died Saturday of natural causes at a Massachusetts hospital. 

McCarthy's 70-year acting career included notable turns on Broadway, including playing Biff Loman in the 1949 London production of "Death of a Salesman."

McCarthy appeared in more than 200 TV and film roles, including the 1951 film version of “Death of a Salesman,” for which he was nominated for a supporting actor Oscar. He also won the Golden Globe that year for “new star of the year.”

But he's best remembered from “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” in which McCarthy starred as Dr. Miles Bennell, a local doctor who starts seeing a rash of patients who accuse loved ones of being impostors. Bennell soon discovers that it’s not a mild case of mass hysteria – but rather that the townspeople are being replaced by perfect physical duplicates.

The film’s climax comes when Bennell and a love interest attempt to escape the pod people to warn the world.