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James Farentino

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Photos James Farentino Birth name: James Farentino
Birth date: 1938/02/24
Date of death : 2012/01/24 (74 years old)
Birth place : New York

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James Farentino was an American actor known for his roles in films and television series. He was born on February 24, 1938 in New York, and grew up in the Brooklyn district. His career began in the mid -1960s, and he played in many films, such as "The Pad and How To Use It" and "The Final Countdown". Farentino was also a member of the Actor's Studio Theater troupe, and has played in several Broadway productions.

He became famous thanks to his roles in television series, notably in "Dynasty", where he played the role of Michelle Carrington, and "St. Elsewhere", where he played Dr. Mark Craig. Farentino has also appeared in series like "The Bold Ones: The Lawyers", "The Streets of San Francisco", and "The Love Boat".

Apart from his acting career, Farentino was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of American actors (SAG), and participated in awareness campaigns against domestic violence. He died on January 24, 2012 at the age of 73.


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Title Role
Drive/II (2006) (TV) Benjamin
The Apostle Paul: The Man Who Turned the World Upside Down. (2001) (TV) Additional narration
Termination Man (2000)
The Last Producer (2000) Poker Player
Murder in the Mirror (2000) (TV) Detective Frank Russo
Women of the Night (2000) Sabatini
Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story (1998) (TV) Bernard Geis
Melrose Place Mr.Beck (4 episodes, 1998)
Bulletproof (1996) Capt. Will Jensen
ER Ray Ross (3 episodes, 1996)
Dazzle (1995) (TV) Jimmy Rosemont
Honor Thy Father and Mother: The True Story of the Menendez Murders (1994) (TV) Jose Menendez
One Woman's Courage (1994) (TV) Lieutenant Bill Lawson
Deep Down (1994) Joey
When No One Would Listen (1992) (TV) Gary Cochran
Julie (1992) TV series Sam McGuire
Miles from Nowhere (1992) (TV) John Reilly
In the Line of Duty: A Cop for the Killing (1990) (TV) Lieutenant Ray Wiltern
Common Ground (1990) (TV) Mayor Kevin White
CBS Summer Playhouse Mickey Dunne (1 episode, 1989)
Naked Lie (1989) (TV) Jonathan Morris
Her Alibi (1989) Frank Polito
Who Gets the Friends? (1988) (TV) Dr. Buddy Baron
The Red Spider (1988) (TV) Lt. Daniel B. Malone
Segreto del Sahara, Il (1988) (mini) TV mini-series Khalif of Timbuktu
Family Sins (1987) (TV) Gordon Williams
That Secret Sunday (1986) (TV) Gerald Remson
Sins (1986) (mini) TV mini-series David Westfield
Mary (1985) TV series Frank DeMarco (unknown episodes)
Picking Up the Pieces (1985) (TV) Don Hagan
The Fourth Wise Man (1985) (TV) (voice) Jesus
A Summer to Remember (1985) (TV) Tom Wyler
Blue Thunder Frank Chaney (11 episodes, 1984)
License to Kill (1984) (TV) John Peterson
The Cradle Will Fall (1983) (TV) Dr. Edgar Highley
Something So Right (1982) (TV) Arnie Potts
Dynasty Dr. Nick Toscanni (20 episodes, 1981-1982)
Insight Dennis / ... (3 episodes, 1967-1981)
Dead & Buried (1981) Sheriff Dan Gillis
Evita Peron (1981) (TV) Gen. Juan Peron
The Final Countdown (1980) Wing Commander Richard T. Owens / Mr Richard Tideman
Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love (1979) (TV) Barry Kaufman
Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story (1979) (TV) Duffy Hambleton
Police Story Charlie Czonka / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1978)
No Margin for Error (1978) (TV)
The Possessed (1977) (TV) Kevin Leahy
Jesus of Nazareth (1977) (mini) TV mini-series Simon Peter
Emily, Emily (1977) (TV) Joe Crane
Crossfire (1975) (TV) Vince Rossi
The Elevator (1974) (TV) Eddie Holcomb
Love Story David Coryell (1 episode, 1973)
Cool Million (1972) TV series Jefferson Keyes (unknown episodes, 1972-1973)
Cool Million (1972) (TV) Jefferson Keyes
Night Gallery Craig Lowell / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1972)
The Family Rico (1972) (TV) Gino Rico
The Longest Night (1972) (TV) John Danbury
The Bold Ones: The Lawyers Neil Darrell (1 episode, 1971)
Vanished (1971) (TV) Gene Culligan
Love, American Style (segment Love and the Neighbor) (1 episode, 1971)
Birdbath (1971) (TV) Frankie
Marcus Welby, M.D. (1 episode, 1970)
The Virginian Frank Colby / ... (2 episodes, 1966-1970)
Storia di una donna (1970) Bruno Cardini
Me, Natalie (1969) David Harris
The Whole World Is Watching (1969) (TV) Neil Darrell
The Sound of Anger (1968) (TV) Neil Darrell
Ironside Tommy Cusack (1 episode, 1968)
Run for Your Life Frank Frazier (2 episodes, 1967)
Rosie! (1967) David Wheelright
Banning (1967) Chris Patton
Ride to Hangman's Tree (1967) Matt Stone
The Fugitive Rafe Carter (1 episode, 1967)
Wings of Fire (1967) (TV) Taff Malloy
The Road West Emmett Bethel (1 episode, 1967)
The Pad and How to Use It (1966) Ted
Death of a Salesman (1966) (TV) Happy Loman
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Dr. Michael Simpson (1 episode, 1966)
The F.B.I. Frankie Metro (1 episode, 1965)
The War Lord (1965) Marc
Laredo Paco Vargas (1 episode, 1965)
Ben Casey Lloyd Marsh (1 episode, 1965)
12 O'Clock High Moxey (2 episodes, 1965)
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Bernie / ... (2 episodes, 1962-1965)
The Reporter Larry (1 episode, 1964)
Ensign Pulver (1964) Insigna
Route 66 Penny Baker (1 episode, 1964)
77 Sunset Strip Joe Fiore (1 episode, 1963)
Violent Midnight (1963) Charlie Perone
The Defenders Carlo Rimini (1 episode, 1963)


Was charged with stalking Tina Sinatra (daughter of Frank Sinatra).

Arrested in Vancouver, British Columbia on July 23, 1991 after Royal Canadian Mounted Police intercepted a package containing 3.2 grams of cocaine being sent to his hotel room. Farentino was in town filming the TV movie "Miles From Nowhere". He was charged with cocaine possesion and released on bail.

Won the Theatre World Award for recreating the role of Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire" in 1973.

In 2003, after a long down period, he received rave reviews on the L.A. stage playing a Russ Meyer-like porn producer in "Boy Gets Girl."

One of the last contract stars (Universal) in the late 60s.



Spouse : Stella Farentino (3 August 1994 - present) (filed for divorce), Debrah Farentino (June 1985 - 1988) (divorced), Michele Lee (20 February 1966 - 1982) (divorced) 1 child, Elizabeth Ashley (1 September 1962 - 1965) (divorced)

Father of David Farentino.

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