David Hedison Net Worth at Death – Salary, Income, Wife

David Hedison Net Worth

David Hedison had an estimated net worth of $5 million at death. During his lifetime, he earned millions from his career as a famous American actor in film, television, and on stage. In his early film roles, he was known as Al Hedison until 1959, when he played Victor Sebastian in the short-lived spy television series Five Fingers. After NBC insisted that he change his name and suggested his middle name, he was referred to as David Hedison.

He played the title character in The Fly (1958), Captain Lee Crane in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-1968), and CIA Agent Felix Leiter in two James Bond films, Live and Let Die (1973) and Licence to Kill (1989).

From classic motion pictures to producer/director Irwin Allen’s TV edition of his 1961 feature Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, to back on the small screen with daytime TV serials such as Another World, David Hedison’s star power is across the board.

To calculate the net worth of David Hedison, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets.

All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities. 

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: David Hedison
Net Worth: $5 Million
Salary Per Episode $200 Thousand
Annual Income: $1 Million
Source of Wealth: Actor

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Early Life

Born Albert David Hedison Jr. on May 20, 1927, in Providence, Rhode Island, Hedison graduated from Brown University. His parents were Albert David Hedison (Heditisian) Sr. and Rose Boghosian.

Acting Career

Hedison decided to become an actor after seeing Blood and Sand, the 1941 motion picture about bullfighting starring Tyrone Power.

He had his first role at age sixteen, appearing in the high school play, What A Life, in which he portrayed the school principal, Mr. Bradley. “It was a terrific experience,” he said, “and I just knew that I had found the profession I wanted to be involved in for the rest of my life . . . At the time I was inspired by James Cagney and many of the contract players at Warner Bros. Today, unfortunately, no one inspires me.”

Hedison formally commenced his career with the Sock and 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 Studio. He also studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.

He received a Theatre World Award for the most promising newcomer after appearing in the play, A Month in the Country.

Billed as “Al Hedison” in his early film work, he was cast in 1959 as double agent Victor Sebastian in Five Fingers, for which NBC insisted he change his name.

From there on in, he’s been known as David Hedison, utilizing his middle moniker as his first. A few years later, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for an episode of ABC’s Bus Stop (1961-1962), during which he was also chosen to play Captain Crane in the original, big-screen edition of Allen’s Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, but was unable to take the part due to scheduling conflicts.

After appearing in the 1950 feature The Lost World, also helmed by Allen, Hedison was uncertain about working again with the director, but ultimately signed to do the TV edition of Voyage once he learned that Richard Basehart was cast as his costar (portraying Admiral Harriman Nelson).

Hedison’s other headlining roles include runs on another daytime TV soap opera, The Young and the Restless, and once more playing Felix Leiter in a second Bond film, License to Kill (1989, this time opposite Timothy Dalton as 007).

In 2008, Hedison celebrated the thirty-fifth anniversary of Live and Let Die in England, with autograph signings and memorabilia shows, and by composing the introduction to the Bond comic book The Paradise Plot.

Hedison’s first love is acting live on stage. As he once said, “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 feel 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.”

A few years after his TV Voyage ended, Hedison rejected the chance to play dad Mike Brady on The Brady Bunch because, as he decided, “after four years of subs and monsters, who needs kids and dogs?”

David Hedison is a star all the way. Most notably on television, his spy series Five Fingers (NBC, 1959-1960, with Luciana Paluzzi) should have made Hedison a prominent lead ( TV ), but, as Thompson notes, “the spy wave came and went [just before The Avengers/Man from U.N.C.L.E.] that would have made it a success.”

Hedison went on to four years of fame with Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea ( Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) TV and, as Thompson notes, “stood out among the mass of guest stars, gimmicks and gimmicks” that made up that series. “Hedison’s earnest, heroic performance as Commander Lee Crane was central to the series and its cohesion-not to mention its ‘believability.'”

Just as Hedison had succeeded in The Fly, Thompson said, the role of Crane in Voyage provided the actor with a platform on which he was “grounded in reality amid the unreality of events around him.”

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Since David Hedison was rich, he owned some luxurious cars. Let’s take a look at his car collection.

David Hedison Car Collection Price (USD)
BMW 3-Series Convertible $59,800
Audi A7 $88,900
Range Rover $135,670

1. BMW 3-Series Convertible ($59,800)

The 3 Series has a new, improved design with the brand’s latest technology and more refined luxury. It features a 255-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder and a 385-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder, as well as a new plug-in hybrid model with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

2. Audi A7 ($88,900)

The Audi A7 is between the Audi A6, which is a great luxury car with a sporty feel, and the Audi A8, which is the most luxurious Audi you can buy. The Audi A7 looks and drives well, and its hatchback design makes it much more practical.

3. Range Rover ($135,670)

This SVA is a full-fledged Range Rover, and it is also the most expensive Range Rover produced. Range is mostly used by famous personalities, businessmen, and other wealthy people. Autobiography is all about being well off and living in a very nice place.

The SVA is powered by a 4999 cc supercharge eight-cylinder engine that makes 557 HP. The Range Rover also features a long wheelbase that makes the rear seats even more comfortable and gives passengers more legroom.

Personal Life & Wife

In 1968 he married Bridget Mori, to whom he remains wed, and they have two children: Alexandra (who is married to actress/director Jodie Foster) and Serena.

Hedison died on July 18, 2019, at his home in Los Angeles.

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