Voyage to the
Bottom of the Sea
David Hedison
as Captain Lee Crane

   All hands, this is the Captain.....     

New Exclusive--
meet the Captain's
women!  Click Here.

    As much as Irwin Allen fans complain about the producer's notorious insensitivity to writing and character development, it's a fact that in other areas he was brilliant at assembling the best available talent for his projects.  The likes of John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith (music), L.B. Abbott and Howard Lydecker (special effects), Winton Hoch (photography) and Jack Martin Smith (art direction and design) didn't just fall out of the sky by accident.  In the case of Voyage, neither did Richard Basehart and David Hedison.  Allen knew whom he wanted to cast and went after them--in Hedison's case, tenaciously.

I wanta find me some big lizards.
David Hedison in
The Lost World

       Having previously worked for Allen on The Lost World and having seen the Voyage pilot script, Hedison was concerned about the lack of character development and the writing in general and thus said no to Allen's offer of promotion to submarine captain.  It is well known that after Basehart stepped aboard, Hedison reconsidered.  How many serious actors could resist the chance to work with a talent like Basehart?

    It is from this point that the on-screen chemistry and off-screen respect between the two bloomed.  And why not, for Hedison brought a fine package of experience and talent to the table to compliment that of Basehart.  Previous associations with projects and productions under Lee Strasberg, Martha Graham, Sir Michael Redgrave and many others prepared the handsome young actor for the challenges waiting for him aboard Seaview, both the good and the bad.

    As is chronicled at David Hedison Online, the actor's official web site, he loved working with Richard Basehart. "He was such a great actor, and I learned a lot from him. I thought he was just terrific . . . The memories are, all in all, quite pleasant except some of those shows later, in the fourth year with the monsters. I didn't like doing those particularly . . . But the four years were wonderful, and I liked working with Irwin Allen and particularly with Richard Basehart . . . I learned a lot because some of the material was so bad, and Richard Basehart said, "if you can make this believable, you can do anything." And I think he was right." This photograph says it all--great actors, good friends.

    Today, Voyage is remembered as much for the integrity of its actors as it is for its often brilliant miniatures, photography and in later years, loopy scripts.

       Nelson and Crane stood silent on the bridge. The taller of the two, trim and darkly handsome, Lee Crane watched as the Admiral touched the cigarette to his lips and inhaled. The Captain smiled at his friend's obvious pleasure. "You're quiet tonight, Admiral. Something on your mind?"
    "I got a letter from Edith just before we put out. She's going to be a grandmother." A moment of silence hung between the two of them.
    "Worried about getting old?" Crane asked. "Just because your sister's daughter has a baby doesn't mean you--"

    He was abruptly cut off by the Admiral's resonant laughter. "It's not that Lee." His smile was extreme even for Harriman Nelson. "I'm just really enjoying this. For her, and for myself. The grandchild I will never have . . . that sort of thing. There was a pause as he took another drag on his cigarette, then smiled. "Too bad you don't have a sister, Lee."
    The lines around Nelson's eyes reflected his pleasure, and Crane made a mental note to sock away some good cigars when they got back to Santa Barbara. He figured there would soon come a time when his friend would be more than happy to light up a celebratory stogie.

----Excepted from The Nemesis Syndrome
   The exceedingly handsome Captain Lee Crane

bluebul.gif - 266 BytesGo to
David Hedison's

bluebul.gif - 266 BytesGo to
David Hedison
Photo Gallery

Return to Cast Central   Return to Main Page

"Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" ® is a registered trademark of Irwin Allen Properties, LLC.  © Irwin Allen Properties, LLC and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.