James Farentino


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor James Farentino, who appeared in dozens of movies and television shows, died Tuesday in a Los Angeles hospital, according to a family spokesman. He was 73.

Farentino died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital after a long illness, said the spokesman, Bob Palmer.

Farentino starred alongside Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen in the 1980 science fiction film "The Final Countdown." The movie featured a modern aircraft carrier that travels back in time to Pearl Harbor hours before the Japanese attack.

Farentino also starred opposite Patty Duke in 1969's "Me, Natalie."

In 1967, he won a "Most Promising Newcomer" Golden Globe for his performance in the comedy "The Pad and How to Use It."

He also had recurring roles on "Dynasty," ''Melrose Place," ''The Bold Ones: The Lawyers" and "ER," playing the estranged father to George Clooney's character.

In 1978, he was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Sai nt Peter in the television mini-series "Jesus of Nazareth."

A four-time divorcee, Farentino's tumultuous personal life made headlines, too.

In March 1994, he pleaded no contest to stalking his ex-girlfriend Tina Sinatra, daughter of Frank Sinatra.

In 2010, the actor was arrested at his Hollywood home on suspicion of battery when he tried to physically remove a man from his home.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1938, Farentino is survived by two sons, David and Saverio.

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James was the best brother in law, he truly loved and respected me. He always went out of his way to help me, make me laugh and welcome me into his home. One of the best Actors around. I will miss you forever James, until we meet again. I truly love you.

James farentino one of my most favorite actors of all time. I remember him in everything he played. So very handsome.I was deeply sorry when I heard of his passing.He was in a lot of shows and movies I watched growing up. And he was one of the best .my heart goes out to his family,while we will miss him. They will miss and greive his loss. Just know your father will always be remembered .god bless all of you. And James farentino your with the angels now.r.I.p.

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Our condolences go out to you, family and friends, of May you find much comfort in Our Heavenly Father, who cares for you, and can help all of you with your grief and loneliness.

I remember Mr. Farentino on Dynasty and the mini series Evita, he was so good. Such a lost of a great talent...

I remember the first show I saw James Farentino in.It was The Bold Ones. I don't recall seeing him again until he appeared in Dynasty. I instantly remembered him from The Bold Ones, roughly ten years earlier. I really liked him. Besides being handsome he was avery good actor. And he was versatile too. What I didn't like was the way his character left Dynasty, never to be heard of again. "Dr. Nicholas Toscanni" left "Blake Carrington" to die on a cliff in the episode...

Rest In Peace, Mr. Farentino. See You On The Other Side Some Beautiful Day.