Updated: March 29, 2021
DAVID HEDISON PHOTO GALLERY #07
Commander Lee Crane – young, virile captain of the submarine. An outstanding
athlete at Annapolis, he was graduated with honors and served with distinction
in the submarine service before being detached from the Navy and assigned, as
a civilian, to the command of Seaview. He has tremendous respect – amounting
almost to awe – for Admiral Nelson. The two men act as perfect complements
and hold each other in mutual high esteem.
Crane is equally respected by his men. He has a rule, amounting almost to a
fetish, of never ordering a man to tackle a dangerous assignment that he would
not risk doing himself. And his skill as an athlete, together with his natural
resourcefulness, make almost any job seem possible to him.
Needless to say, Crane's qualities make him enormously attractive to women. The
attraction is mutual. The fact that he has not yet married presents an almost
irresistible challenge to every unattached female who crosses his path and
there are many.
To play Lee Crane, Captain of the SSRN Seaview, Irwin wanted David Hedison. He
had worked with David on the film, The Lost World, and felt that Hedison had
the qualities he wanted in the leading man of the series, "Hedison looks like
the type of modern, thinking, fighting man that we have come to recognize
through the brilliance of the image created by the astronauts."
Hedison resisted Allen's desire for him to appear in the film; since he felt
the film Crane was "too one-dimensional" and was also resisting his pull to
the series, until he found that Basehart was doing the show. Richard's
involvement sold Hedison on the project (with a bit of persuasion from David's
good friend, Roger Moore) and he soon signed with Irwin Allen.