Actor James Farentino Dead at 73

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His was an extremely familiar face to TV watchers in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. James Farentino had a handful of interesting big screen credits, most notably the lead in Dan O’Bannon’s cult shocker DEAD AND BURIED (1981) and the odd WWII sci-fier THE FINAL COUNTDOWN (1980). Farentino was married to Michelle Lee and Elizabeth Ashley but in 1992 was criminally charged with stalking Frank Sinatra’s daughter (never a good idea). A dependable actor, James Farentino died of heart failure yesterday in Los Angeles.
From The Los Angeles Times:

Actor James Farentino, whose private life was sometimes as dramatic as the roles he played in theater and on television, died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 73 and had suffered from a lengthy illness, said family spokesman Bob Palmer.

Best known for his TV work, Farentino was one of the last contract performers with Universal Studios in the 1960s. His nearly 100 roles included recurring appearances in such series as “The Bold Ones: The Lawyers, “Dynasty”, “Blue Thunder” and “Police Story.”

Born Feb. 24, 1938, in New York City, the son of a clothing designer trained for the stage at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before launching his career with a 1961 Broadway appearance in “Night of the Iguana.” His film roles included “The Pad and How to Use It” (1966), “Me, Natalie” (1969) and “The Final Countdown” (1980). His most recent credit was in the 2006 TV movie “Drive/II.”……………….

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