Tuesday, January 24, 2012

RIP James Farentino

Actor James Farentino dies of heart failure at 73

A mainstay of television for decades, Farentino guested on dozens of
shows, ranging from "Route 66," "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" and
"Ironside" in the 1960s to a role as Simon Peter in 1977's "Jesus of
Nazareth," a recurring stint in the 1980s on "Dynasty" as Dr. Nick
Toscanni and a story arc as the father of George Clooney's character
on "ER" in 1996.

Farentino also appeared in 17 films, including "Ensign Pulver"; sci-fi
war film "The Final Countdown," in which he starred with Kirk Douglas
and Martin Sheen; and Bruce Beresford's "Her Alibi."

The actor made his smallscreen debut in a 1962 episode of "Naked
City." He had a recurring role as Neil Darrell on "The Bold Ones: The
Lawyers" from 1969-72; starred as a private eye in the brief NBC
series "Cool Million"; appeared in a number of episodes of "Police
Story" and "Insight"; and starred as Gen. Juan Peron opposite Faye
Dunaway in the 1981 NBC telepic "Evita Peron."

Farentino starred opposite Mary Tyler Moore in the brief 1985 Moore
vehicle "Mary" and opposite Julie Andrews in the similarly brief 1992
Andrews series "Julie." In 1998 Farentino had a recurring role on
"Melrose Place."

The actor also appeared in numerous telepics, starring as the slain,
abusive father in 1998's "Honor Thy Father and Mother: The True Story
of the Menendez Murders" and as a detective in 2000's "Murder in the

Farentino was married to four actresses: Elizabeth Ashley, Michele
Lee, Debrah Farentino and Stella Farentino. He is survived by Stella
and a son by Lee.

FARENTINO, James (Ferdinand Anthony Ferrandino)
Born: 2/24/1938, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 1/24/2012, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

James Farentino's westerns - actor:
Laredo (TV) - 1965 (Paco Vargas)
The Road West (TV) - 1967 (Emmett Bethel)
Ride to Hangman's Tree - 1967 (Matt)
The Virginian - 1966, 1970 (Frank Colby, Pick Lexington)

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