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Also Known As: John Lincoln Freund Died: April 1, 2010
Born: January 29, 1918 Cause of Death: cancer/complications from pneumonia
Birth Place: Penns Grove, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, producer, director, baseball announcer

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Nearly as recognizable for his elegant, deliberative baritone voice as his silver-mane and WASPy visage, John Forsythe built a career as an unassuming TV everydad and a reliable and, by his own reckoning, "workmanlike" actor, before becoming one of biggest names in show business in the 1980s. Forsythe imprinted his star in the pop culture firmament in ratings-topping 1970s and 1980s "campy" television institutions "Charlie's Angels" (ABC, 1976-1981) and "Dynasty" (ABC, 1981-89), but he arrived there with a long background on New York stages, including the distinction of being an original member of New York's now-renowned Actor's Studio, and prolific work at the dawn of the TV age. At the height of the success of "Dynasty," he came to be the medium's face of the opulence and excesses of go-go 1980s America, even as he long remained humble to a fault as to his own mark on his trade.

Nearly as recognizable for his elegant, deliberative baritone voice as his silver-mane and WASPy visage, John Forsythe built a career as an unassuming TV everydad and a reliable and, by his own reckoning, "workmanlike" actor, before becoming one of biggest names in show business in the 1980s. Forsythe imprinted his star in the pop culture firmament in ratings-topping 1970s and 1980s "campy" television institutions "Charlie's Angels" (ABC, 1976-1981) and "Dynasty" (ABC, 1981-89), but he arrived there with a long background on New York stages, including the distinction of being an original member of New York's now-renowned Actor's Studio, and prolific work at the dawn of the TV age. At the height of the success of "Dynasty," he came to be the medium's face of the opulence and excesses of go-go 1980s America, even as he long remained humble to a fault as to his own mark on his trade.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) Voice Of Charlie
2.
 Charlie's Angels (2000) Voice Of Charlie
3.
 Hotel de Love (1996) Newspaper Man
4.
 Opposites Attract (1990) Rex Roper
5.
 Scrooged (1988) Lew Hayward
6.
 On Fire (1987) Joe Leary
7.
 Mysterious Two, The (1982) He
8.
 Sizzle (1981) Mike Callahan
9.
 Time For Miracles, A (1980) Postulator
10.
 ...And Justice For All (1979) Judge Fleming
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Milestones close milestones

1936:
Worked as baseball announcer at Ebbets Field for the Brooklyn Dodgers
1939:
Made stage debut in "Dick Whittington and his Cat" in Chappaqua, NY
1942:
First appeared on Broadway as Private Cootes in "Vickie"
1943:
Made feature acting debut as Soldier in "Northern Pursuit"
1944:
First significant film role, "Destination Tokyo"
1947:
Replaced Arthur Kennedy on Broadway in the role of Chris Keller in Arthur Miller's "All My Sons"
1950:
Replaced Henry Fonda in a national touring production of "Mister Roberts"
1953:
Originated the role of Captain Frisby in "The Teahouse of the August Moon" on Broadway
1955:
Played the male lead in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Trouble with Harry"
1956:
Directed "Mister Roberts" at the City Center Theatre in New York City
1957:
Made his debut as a series regular in "Bachelor Father" as Bentley Gregg, a playboy lawyer who becomes the guardian to his niece; first aired on CBS but moved to NBC the following season and to ABC in the fall of 1961
1962:
Made producing debut with "The First Hundred Years" for "Vacation Playhouse"
1964:
Returned to features with "Kitten with a Whip"
1965:
Returned to television with the short lived "The John Forsythe Show" on NBC
1967:
Had a supporting role in the film adaptation of "In Cold Blood," which is based on Truman Capote's book of the same name
1969:
Starred in Alfred Hitchcock's "Topaz"
1969:
Co-starred with Walter Brennan in "To Rome with Love" on CBS
1971:
Served as narrator on the syndicated nature series, "The World of Survival"
1976:
First collaboration with Aaron Spelling, playing the role of a mysterious unseen millionaire and private investigator Charles Townsend in "Charlie's Angels" (ABC)
1979:
Appeared as a judge with a kinky sex life in Norman Jewison's courtroom drama "...And Justice for All"
1981:
Selected as a last minute replacement for George Peppard in the role of patriarch Blake Carrington in Aaron Spelling's prime time drama "Dynasty" (ABC); earned Golden Globe (1982, 1985, 1986, 1987) and Emmy (1982, 1983, 1984) nominations for Best Actor in a Drama Series
1985:
Appeared in a recurring role as Blake Carrington in the short-lived spin-off series "The Colbys" (ABC)
1987:
Executive produced the ABC TV-movie "On Fire"
1992:
Returned to series television to star in Norman Lear's "The Powers That Be" for NBC
1995:
Briefly returned to the stage during the pre-Braodway run of "Sacrilege"; withdrew from the show for personal reasons
2000:
Reprised his role as Charlie for the film version of "Charlie's Angels"
2003:
Once again voiced Charlie for the sequel "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle"
2006:
Appeared with Dynasty co-stars for the ABC reunion special "Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar"
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Education

Abraham Lincoln High School: Brooklyn , New York -
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Chapel Hill , North Carolina -

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wife:
Parker McCormick. Divorced.
wife:
Parker McCormick. Had two; survived him.
wife:
Julie Warren. Actor. Married in 1943 until her death on August 15, 1994.
wife:
Julie Warren. Had a second; younger.
wife:
Nicole Carter. Businesswoman. Married July 25, 2002 in Solvang, Calif.
wife:
Nicole Carter. Rabbi. Maternal; Hungarian.
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father:
Samuel Jeremiah Forsythe. Stockbroker.
father:
Samuel Jeremiah Forsythe. Singer. German.
mother:
Blanche Materson Forsythe. Had two; survived him.
son:
Page Forsythe. Mother, Parker McCormick.
son:
Page Forsythe. Had three; survived him.
daughter:
Dall Forsythe. Mother, Julie Warren.
daughter:
Dall Forsythe. Has three.
daughter:
Brooke Forsythe. Mother, Julie Warren.
daughter:
Brooke Forsythe. Survived him.
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