John Forsythe

Mostly Credited As: John Forsythe
Birth Name: John Lincoln Freund
Date Of Birth: January 29, 1918 (Age 92)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Penn's Grove, New Jersey
Date Of Death: April 01, 2010
Cause Of Death: Complicatons from pneumonia (Santa Ynez, Californi
Height: 5' 11" (1.8 m)

John Forsythe

John Forsythe is a native from Penn Grove, New Jersey, was born on January 29th, 1918. Forsythe attend the University of North Carolina. After graduating he decided to moved to New York city for pursuing his true passion, acting.
Educated at the University of North Carolina and New York's Actors Studio, John Forsythe made his first professional stage appearance with a children's theatre troupe in 1939. Recalling his experience as a college baseball player, Forsythe spent a year or so as sportscaster for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The son of a Wall Street businessman, Forsythe opted to continue acting over the objections of his father. He did some work in radio soaps and on Brodway before signing a movie contract with Warner Brothers.
His early career was suspended by World War II. During the war, Forsythe made his Broadway bow in 1942, he entered the Army Air Corps appearing in the Air Corps Show "Winged Victory". That same year, he was brought to Hollywood by Warner Bros, where he was immediately cast in the wartime dramas "Destination Tokyo" (1943), his first significant film role, and "Action in the North Atlantic" (1943).
After military service, Forsythe began working in television, the medium that would occupy most of his career. In the late 40s, he appeared in many of the New York-based live TV series such as "Studio One", "Lights Out", "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars" and "Climax". Returning to the stage, he replaced Henry Fonda in the road company of Mister Roberts, then in 1953 starred as Captain Fisby in John Patrick's "Teahouse of the August Moon" and "All my Sons".
Alfred Hitchcock, who cast Forsythe in the 1955 black comedy, "The Trouble with Harry" and in several episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", reportedly advised the handsome leading man that he was best suited to television work. This was good advice (even if Hitchcock himself would later cast him in "Topaz", his 1969 political thriller feature).
It was not until 1957 when John Forsythe took the title role in the hit television series, "Bachelor Father" which made him a star. The series ran for six years (1957-1962). Though he'd occasionally find time for film appearances ("In Cold Blood", "And Justice for All", "Scrooged"), Forsythe spent the most of the second half of his career on television. He starred in three additional comedy series, "The John Forsythe Show" (1965), "To Rome With Love" (1969-1971) and "The Powers That Be" (1992); hosted the syndicated documentary weekly "The World of Survival" (1971-1977); and "appeared" as the unseen, uncredited Charlie on "Charlie's Angels" (1976-1981). Forsythe got a phone call from his buddy, Aaron Spelling (1976) asking him to record the voice of a detective name Charles Townsend, for the new Spelling-Goldberg TV movie, "Charlie's Angels". Forsythe continued with doing the voice over for Charlie until the series ended in 1981.
His most celebrated assignment of the 1980's was as millionaire oil magnate Blake Carrington on the prime-time serial "Dynasty" (1981-1989). Though Carrington was not always the pleasantest of men, Forsythe himself was regarded as one of Hollywood's few genuine "nice guys." A dedicated worker who respected his craft, he nonetheless refused to take himself too seriously, issuing such self-deprecating statements as "Being a 64-year-old sex symbol is a hell of a weight to carry."
ABC's answer to hit CBS show "Dallas", "Dynasty" featured Forsythe in the role of Blake Carrington, head of a wealthy Denver family. As Blake Carrington, the steely patriarch of the wealthy, tempestuous Carrington clan of Denver, Colorado, he became a TV matinee idol. His Blake Carrington became a significant icon of the Reagan era; in the words of the "Entertainment Celebrity Register", he was "capitalism's most attractive symbol." In 1985, Forsythe even became the spokesperson for a men's cologne line called "Carrington". When asked about the possible new episodes of Dynasty, he said Dynasty ended and should be left alone because the risk of destroying something that was once beautiful is to high.
John Forsythe won two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Dramatic Television Series for his work in "Dynasty". Since the series ended in 1989 he has recreated his role as Blake Carrington in "Dynasty: The Reunion" (1991). Mr. Forsythe is actively interested in ecology, and has been a spokesperson and sponsor of the World Wildlife Fund. He also supports the American Cancer Society and the United Nations Association.
John Forsythe was married twice. First, very briefly to Parker McCormick (1938-1940), then to Julie Warren (1943-1994, died in 1994). He has two daughters, Page and Brooke (with Julie); as well as a son named Dall (with Parker).
Mr. John Forsythe is in golden age of his life. John seldom appears in public. He had few special movie and TV roles and gave his voice in the movie adaptation of "Charlie's Angels" (2000). John Forsythe is enjoying spending time with his extensive art and antiques collection, and with his six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
The Powers That Be (1992)As: Sen. William Powers
Dynasty (US) (1981)As: Blake Carrington
Charlie's Angels (1976) (1976)As: Charlie Townsend -- [Voice]
To Rome With Love (1969)As: Michael Endicott
The John Forsythe Show (1965)As: Major John Foster
Bachelor Father (1957)As: Bentley Gregg
The Emmy Awards (1949)As: Himself (Co-Host/Host 1982/1985/1988)
Episode Cast Credits 

E! True Hollywood Story (1996) 
  Dynasty 06x06: (Nov/11/2001) As Himself 

Christmas in Washington (1982) 
  Christmas in Washington 1986 05x01: (Dec/20/1986) As Himself 

The Colbys (1985) 
  The Wedding 01x18: (Mar/20/1986) As Blake Carrington 
  The Reunion 01x07: (Dec/26/1985) As Blake Carrington 
  Family Album 01x04: (Dec/05/1985) As Blake Carrington 
  Conspiracy of Silence 01x02: (Nov/27/1985) As Blake Carrington 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards 41x01: (Jan/29/1984) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama (for 'Dynasty') 
  The 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards 40x01: (Jan/29/1983) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama (for 'Dynasty') 

The Love Boat (1977) 
  China Cruise: The Pledge/East Meets West/Dear Roberta/My Two Dumplings (1) 07x01: (Oct/01/1983) As unknown 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  Emily, Emily, Emily, Emily 26x04: (Feb/07/1977) As guest star 
  Lisa, Bright and Dark 23x01: (Nov/28/1973) As William Schilling 
  Teahouse of the August Moon 12x01: (Oct/26/1962) As Captain Fisby 

Medical Story (1975) 
  Million Dollar Baby 01x07: (Oct/23/1975) As Amos Winkler 

Police Story (1973) (1973) 
  Chief 01x20: (Mar/19/1974) As Sam McCullough 

Run for Your Life (1965) 
  A Choice of Evils 02x27: (Apr/03/1967) As Spencer Hall 

ABC Stage 67 (1966) 
  The Light Fantastic 01x19: (Feb/09/1967) As Host 

Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre (1963) 
  In Any Language 02x20: (Mar/12/1965) As Charlie King 

Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963) 
  The Kamchatka Incident 02x05: (Nov/12/1964) As Major William Livingston 
  The Sweet Taste of Vengeance 01x24: (Apr/30/1964) As Jerry Wilson 

Kraft Mystery Theatre (1961) 
  Go Look at Roses 03x13: (Sep/11/1963) As .. 

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962) 
  I Saw the Whole Thing 01x04: (Oct/11/1962) As Michael Barnes 

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951) 
  The Miss and the Missiles 08x33: (Jun/12/1959) As Colonel Bill Adams 
  Way of the West 07x33: (Jun/06/1958) As Dr. John Carter 
  Girl With a Glow 06x29: (Apr/19/1957) As Peter Bronson 
  World So Wide 01x21: (Feb/22/1952) As guest star 

Climax! (1954) 
  Shooting for the Moon 04x29: (Apr/24/1958) As Frank Colby 
  The Hand of Evil 03x32: (May/23/1957) As Tommy Jordan 
  Journey Into Fear 03x06: (Oct/11/1956) As Graham Johnson 
  Pale Horse, Pale Rider 02x24: (Mar/22/1956) As Adam Barclay 

The Jack Benny Program (1950) 
  John Forsythe Show 08x05: (Nov/17/1957) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

General Electric Theater (1953) 
  A New Girl in His Life 05x35: (May/26/1957) As Bentley Gregg 

Zane Grey Theatre (1956) 
  Decision at Wilson's Creek 01x29: (May/17/1957) As Lt. David Marr 

Playwrights '56 (1955) 
  Return to Cassino 01x11: (Feb/14/1956) As Joe Neville 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) (1955) 
  Premonition 01x02: (Oct/09/1955) As Kim Stanger 

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 
  Mister Roberts Tribute 08x41: (Jun/19/1955) As Himself 
  Johnnie Ray; John Forsythe; David Wayne 07x18: (Jan/10/1954) As Himself 
  Grace Kelly & Ralph Meeker; John Forsythe; David Wayne 07x06: (Oct/18/1953) As Himself 
  John Forsythe; Debbie Reynolds; Donald O'Connor 06x24: (Feb/22/1953) As Himself 

Studio One (1948) 
  Operation Home 07x37: (May/30/1955) As Pete Maynard 
  Conflict 05x37: (Jun/08/1953) As guest star 
  I Am Jonathan Scrivener 05x10: (Dec/01/1952) As guest star 
  Hold Back the Night 04x31: (Apr/14/1952) As guest star 

The Philco Television Playhouse (1948) 
  The Winter of the Dog 05x04: (Nov/02/1952) As guest star 
  The Monument 04x19: (Jun/29/1952) As guest star 

Suspense (US) (1949) 
  The Beach of Falesa 05x05: (Sep/30/1952) As guest star 
  Murder of Necessity 04x39: (Jun/03/1952) As guest star 
  Strange for a Killer 04x02: (Sep/11/1951) As guest star 
  Blood on the Trumpet 03x45: (Jul/03/1951) As guest star 

Lights Out (1949) 
  The Upstairs Floor 04x29: (Mar/10/1952) As guest star 
  The Angry Birds 04x16: (Dec/10/1951) As guest star 
  The Pattern 03x40: (May/28/1951) As guest star 

Robert Montgomery Presents Your Lucky Strike Theatre (1950) 
  Dark Victory 02x15: (Mar/26/1951) As Dr. Frederick Steele 

Kraft Television Theatre (1947) (1947) 
  Wuthering Heights 02x11: (Nov/24/1948) As Heathcliff 
  Biography 02x07: (Oct/27/1948) As guest star 

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