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James Farentino

Mostly Credited As: James Farentino
Birth Name: James Farentino
Date Of Birth: February 24, 1938 (Age 73)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York
Date Of Death: January 24, 2012
Height: 6' (1.82 m)

James Farentino


After three years as an "attorney," James Farentino undertook a new role in 1972 as a specialist in solving international problems in the "Cool Million" segments of NBC Television Network's "NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie." Farentino portrayed Neil Darrell in the Lawyers portion of "The Bold Ones" for three seasons. The actor, a native of Brooklyn, also appeared as a guest on several top television specials and starred in movies. Farentino entered the acting profession by joining the famed American Academy of Dramatic Arts "just to see what acting was all about." He was graduated in 1958 at age 21. His first Broadway break came with the role of the beach boy in "The Night of the Iguana," starring Bette Davis and Margaret Leighton. Farentino credited both actresses with contributing greatly to his knowledge of acting techniques. Farentino also studied with Lee Strasberg and Philip Brown. Among his earlier television credits: roles in "Naked City," "The Virginian," "The FBI," "The Fugitive," "Laredo," "Route 66," "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour," "Ben Casey" and "Twelve O'Clock High." Among the high points of his career, Farentino said, was his role as Hap in the TV version of "Death of a Salesman." Another was his portrayal of the Presidential press secretary in the first four-hour motion picture for television, "Vanished," an NBC-TV World Premiere colorcast. The role of the President was played by Richard Widmark, star of "Madigan" on the "NBC Wednesday Mystery." Farentino also fondly remembers his singing and dancing debut in the NBC-TV special, "The First Nine Months Are the Hardest." This show marked his first appearance with wife, singer actress Michele Lee. Later they also guest starred on NET'S "Hollywood TV Theater" in John Dos Passos' "U.S.A.," a musical revue about America from 1900 to 1930. Farentino's movies included "The Pad," "Rosie," "The Ride to Hangman's Tree," "Banning," "Story of a Woman," "Me, Natalie" and two "World Premiere" feature pictures for NBC TV, "Sound of Anger" and "The Whole World Is Watching." He won the Golden Globe Award in 1966 for his role in "The Pad." Farentino and his wife were married in 1966 and on July 6, 1969, they became the parents of a son, David Michael. They lived in Los Angeles, Calif. James Farentino passed away in 2012.

James Farentino
TV Appearances

Main cast 
Julie (1992)As: Sam McGuire
Mary (1985)As: Frank DeMarco
Blue Thunder (1984)As: Frank Chaney
Dynasty (US) (1981)As: Nick Toscanni (S02)
Jesus of Nazareth (1977)As: Simon Peter
Cool Million (1972)As: Jefferson Keyes
Vanished (1971) (1971)As: Gene Culligan
The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (1969)As: Neil Darrell
Episode Cast Credits 

Melrose Place (1992) (1992) 
  The World According to Matt 07x08: (Sep/14/1998) As Mr. Beck 
  Buona Sera, Mr. Campbell (1) 07x06: (Aug/31/1998) As Mr. Beck 
  As Bad as It Gets 07x05: (Aug/24/1998) As Mr. Beck 
  Ball N' Jane 07x04: (Aug/17/1998) As Mr. Beck 

ER (1994) 
  Take These Broken Wings 02x21: (May/09/1996) As Ray Ross 
  The Healers 02x16: (Feb/22/1996) As Ray Ross 
  Baby Shower 02x15: (Feb/15/1996) As Ray Ross 
  The Right Thing 02x14: (Feb/08/1996) As Ray Ross 

Police Story (1973) (1973) 
  No Margin for Error 05x06: (Apr/30/1978) As John Anderson 
  Incident in the Kill Zone 02x12: (Jan/07/1975) As Sgt. King Sherman 
  Requiem for C.Z. Smith 02x02: (Sep/17/1974) As Charlie Czonka 
  Dangerous Games 01x01: (Oct/02/1973) As Charlie Czonka 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  Emily, Emily, Emily, Emily 26x04: (Feb/07/1977) As guest star 

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968) 
  Episode #122 06x06: (Oct/16/1972) As Himself 

Night Gallery (1970) 
  The Girl with the Hungry Eyes 03x02: (Oct/01/1972) As David Faulkner 
  Since Aunt Ada Came to Stay 02x10: (Sep/29/1971) As Craig Lowell 

Ironside (1967) 
  Something for Nothing 01x22: (Feb/22/1968) As Tommy Cusack 

Run for Your Life (1965) 
  Cry Hard, Cry Fast (2) 03x12: (Nov/27/1967) As Frank Frazier 
  Cry Hard, Cry Fast (1) 03x11: (Nov/20/1967) As Frank Frazier 

The Fugitive (1963) (1963) 
  Passage to Helena 04x23: (Mar/07/1967) As Rafe Carter 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 24th Annual Golden Globe Awards 24x01: (Feb/15/1967) As Winner: New Star Of The Year - Actor (for 'The War Lord') 

The Virginian (1962) 
  The Wolves Up Front, the Jackals Behind 04x26: (Mar/23/1966) As Frank Colby 

The F.B.I. (1965) 
  All the Streets Are Silent 01x11: (Nov/28/1965) As Frank Metro 

Laredo (1965) 
  I See by Your Outfit 01x02: (Sep/23/1965) As Paco Vargas, [Special Guest Stars]

Ben Casey (1961) 
  O the Big Wheel Turns by Faith 05x02: (Sep/20/1965) As Lloyd Marsh 

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962) 
  Death Scene 03x20: (Mar/08/1965) As Leo Manfred 
  The Black Curtain 01x09: (Nov/11/1962) As Bernie 

Route 66 (1960) (1960) 
  Cries of Persons Close to One 04x17: (Jan/31/1964) As Perry Baker 

77 Sunset Strip (1958) 
  Bonus Baby 06x13: (Dec/20/1963) As Joe Fiore 

Naked City (1958) 
  Let Me Die Before I Wake 03x19: (Feb/14/1962) As Ben Galageras 
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