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Also Known As: Robert Heath Foxworth Died:
Born: November 1, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Houston, Texas, USA Profession: actor, director, TV cameraman

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A solid, curly-haired and ruggedly handsome leading man, Robert Foxworth achieved TV stardom with his six-year (1981-87) run as Chase Gioberti, the family man who inherited vineyards from his father and did battle with his powerful aunt (Jane Wyman) on the popular CBS primetime serial "Falcon Crest". The Houston native had spent his teenage years observing the actors at the Alley Theater and he eventually began his professional career there in 1959. After further studies at Carnegie-Mellon, Foxworth spent several seasons at the prestigious Arena Stage in Washington, DC (where he worked with Jane Alexander, among others) and the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, CT. After making his Broadway debut in 1969 as the Chorus in "Henry V", Foxworth landed his first series role as an idealistic attorney who worked among the downtrodden of L.A. in "The Storefront Lawyers" (CBS, 1970-71). The network revamped the series in early 1971, moving Foxworth's character to a fancy law firm and calling the show "Men at Law" but it still failed to impress audiences. For much of the next decade, the actor divided his time between Broadway (where he was an impressive John Proctor in a 1972 revival of "The...

A solid, curly-haired and ruggedly handsome leading man, Robert Foxworth achieved TV stardom with his six-year (1981-87) run as Chase Gioberti, the family man who inherited vineyards from his father and did battle with his powerful aunt (Jane Wyman) on the popular CBS primetime serial "Falcon Crest". The Houston native had spent his teenage years observing the actors at the Alley Theater and he eventually began his professional career there in 1959. After further studies at Carnegie-Mellon, Foxworth spent several seasons at the prestigious Arena Stage in Washington, DC (where he worked with Jane Alexander, among others) and the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, CT.

After making his Broadway debut in 1969 as the Chorus in "Henry V", Foxworth landed his first series role as an idealistic attorney who worked among the downtrodden of L.A. in "The Storefront Lawyers" (CBS, 1970-71). The network revamped the series in early 1971, moving Foxworth's character to a fancy law firm and calling the show "Men at Law" but it still failed to impress audiences. For much of the next decade, the actor divided his time between Broadway (where he was an impressive John Proctor in a 1972 revival of "The Crucible"), films (the best of which was 1980's "The Black Marble") and TV. The small screen proved particularly hospitable to Foxworth's abilities. He proved equally at home as the earnest do-gooder and as despicable villains. One of his better turns came as titular gangster in "The FBI Story: The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One" (NBC, 1974). That same year, he was the romantic lead to Elizabeth Montgomery in the Western "Mrs. Sundance" (ABC, 1974), which also marked the beginning of their off-screen relationship. In "Peter and Paul" (CBS, 1981), Foxworth was the former, holding his own against Anthony Hopkins' showy turn as the latter. "Falcon Crest", however, solidified his position as a leading man, but not content to rest on his laurels, he moved behind the camera to helm several episodes of the series as well. When he vacated the role, his character was killed on the series.

Throughout the 80s and into the 90s, Foxworth continued to act in the occasional TV-movie, like "Double Standard" (NBC, 1988), a based-on-fact drama about a judge living a double life complete with two wives. He returned to series work in a recurring role on the "2000 Malibu Road" (CBS, 1992) but the show proved a bust in the ratings department Gradually shedding his persona as a dramatic actor, Foxworth made guest appearances on sitcoms, paving the way for his return to TV series on NBC's "Lateline" (1998-99). As the pompous anchor Pearce McKenzie in this spoof of network news programming, he proved an unexpected delight, delivering his lines with the right panache and nearly stealing every one of his scenes. Foxworth had not forsaken the stage, though, co-starring with Kevin Kline in a Broadway production of "Ivanov" in the fall of 1997 and reuniting with Jane Alexander (as her adulterous husband) in 1998's "Honour".

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Raised in Houston, Texas
1959:
Appeared with the Alley Theatre in Houston
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Worked for several seasons with the Arena Stage in Washington, DC
1969:
Broadway acting debut as the Chorus in "Henry V"
1970:
Moved to L.A.
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Series debut as regular, "The Storefront Lawyers" (CBS); series was overhauled and retitled "Men at Law" for its final episodes
1972:
Starred opposite Faye Dunaway in the TV production of "Hogan's Goat" (aired on PBS' "Great Performances")
1972:
Returned to Broadway in a revival of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"
1973:
Played Dr. Victor Frankenstein in the ABC miniseries "Frankenstein"
1974:
Starred opposite Elizabeth Montgomery in the ABC movie "Mrs. Sundance"
1974:
Had title role of gangster Alvin Karpis in the CBS movie "The FBI Story: The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One"
1976:
Film acting debut, "The Treasure of Matecumbe"
1977:
Starred in the busted pilot "Susan and Sam" (NBC)
1980:
Had leading role in the film "The Black Marble"
1981:
Co-starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in the CBS miniseries "Peter and Paul"
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Played regular role of Chase Gioberti on the CBS primetime soap "Falcon Crest"; also directed episodes
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Hosted and produced radio broadcasts on National Public Radio in the 1980s
1992:
Had recurring role in the CBS primetime soap "2000 Malibu Road"
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Appeared in several productions of the L.A.-based Matrix Theatre
1997:
Co-starred in the Broadway production of "Ivanov"
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Returned to series TV as the news anchor in the NBC sitcom "Lateline"
1998:
Appeared opposite Jane Alexander in the Broadway play "Honour"
2001:
Had co-starring role in the Broadway production "Judgment at Nuremberg"
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Toured as a math genius in the play "Proof"
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Education

Carnegie-Mellon University: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania -

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wife:
Marilyn McCormick. Married on September 24, 1964; divorced in 1974.
wife:
Elizabeth Montgomery. Actor. Together from 1974; married from 1993 until her death from cancer on May 18, 1995.

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father:
John Howard Foxworth. Roofing and carpentry contractor.
mother:
Erna Beth Foxworth. Journalist.
son:
Bo Foxworth. Actor. Mother, Marilyn McCormick.
daughter:
Kristyn Foxworth. Mother, Marilyn McCormick.
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