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)
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.