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David Janssen

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Also Known As: Died: February 13, 1980
Born: March 27, 1931 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Naponee, Nebraska, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Inchon (1982) as David Feld
City in Fear (1980) as Vince Perrino
David Janssen had his final role as a boozing newspaper columnist who is hired by circulation-hungry publisher Robert Vaughn to make a page-one celebrity out of a psycho (Mickey Rourke) who has been murdering young blondes. Inspired unofficially by New York's infamous Son of Sam killer, this movie,
High Ice (1980) as Glencoe Macdonald
A grizzled veteran forest ranger (David Janssen) finds himself in conflict with a decisive but impatient Army Search and Rescue officer (Tony Musante) who does not want to share command of an operation to rescue several stranded weekend climbers from a mountain ledge.
S.O.S. Titanic (1979) as John Jacob Astor
A story about the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.
Golden Gate Murders, The (1979) as Detective Sergeant Paul Silver
Gruff detective Janssen reluctantly joins with nun York to prove that a priest's fall from the Golden Gate Bridge was murder instead of the official verdict of suicide. This had all the look of a pilot to a prospective and somewhat off-beat series, and has been shown theatrically overseas as "Specte
Nowhere to Run (1978) as Harry Adams
A disgruntled husband devises a winning blackjack system as part of an elaborate scheme to leave his overbearing, unfaithful wife and start a new life, despite the fact that she has hired an inept, down-at-the-heels private detective to keep an eye on him.
Superdome (1978) as Mike Shelley
A silent killer stalks New Orleans and threatens the Super Bowl football game, putting a roster fill of familiar TV faces in jeopardy in this mini-version of "Two Minute Warning."
Golden Rendezvous (1977) as Charles Conway
The Caribbean Star is a cargo ship and a gambling casino. While at sea, the ship is hijacked by mercenary Luis Carreras, who is controlled by some mysterious authority. Luis installs an atomic device in the vessel, and the passengers are held hostage, threatened with death unless he receives the go
Sensitive, Passionate Man, A (1977) as Michael Delaney
An affluent couple's seemingly happy marriage is threatened by the husband's alcoholism.
Mayday At 40,000 Feet! (1976) as Captain Pete Douglass
An airliner has been disabled and the lives of its terrified passengers depend on the untried skills of its co-pilot after the pilot is seriously wounded by a killer who had boarded during a stopover.
Two-Minute Warning (1976) as Steve
A lone gunman stalks a sold-out crowd at a championship football stadium.
Stalk the Wild Child (1976) as Dr James Hazard
A young boy raised by wild dogs is found and taken to a university where an attempt is made to civilize him.
Swiss Conspiracy, The (1975) as David Christopher
When a Swiss bank finds that the confidentiality of some of its more vulnerable customers has been compromised it calls in an American investigator, who soon uncovers a web of deceit and blackmail. With old debts being paid off his own health is soon in danger, but at least he starts to gets to know one of the bank's female customers pretty well.
Fer-De-Lance (1974) as Russ Bogan
A disaster movie that has terror stalking a stricken sub, wedged deep below the sea and crawling with deadly vipers. In Great Britain, this film was released theatrically as "Death Dive," a somewhat more descriptive title.
Smile Jenny, You're Dead (1974) as Harry Orwell
This pilot for Janssen's "Harry-O" series (1974-76) had the ex-cop moonlighting as a private investigator looking into the murder of a cop friend's son-in-law and becoming emotionally involved with his daughter, who happens to be the chief suspect in the killing.
Hijack! (1973) as Jake Wilkenson
Two veteran truckers are hired to haul a top-secret cargo from Los Angeles to Houston and are challenged by a series of hijacking attempts by a group who will stop at nothing to prevent delivery.
Pioneer Woman, The (1973) as Robert Douglas
The hardships of homesteading in the Wyoming Territory in 1867 are brought into focus through the eyes of a wife and mother when her husband is killed and the decision whether or not to remain on the frontier is hers to make.
Birds Of Prey (1973) as Harry Walker
A suspense thriller about a World War II ace turned traffic reporter for a Salt Lake City radio station who witnesses a bank robbery from his helicopter and is drawn into an aerial duel with the gang.
Harry O (1973) as Harry Orwell
Harry Orwell is a LA cop who is retired due to a bullet in his back. Now a Private Detective, Harry O. is hired by the man who shot him (Martin Sheen) to find the other man (Sal Mineo) who was involved in the shooting. Mineo is trying to kill Sheen and also keep his heroin business alive. Harry O. wants to bring both to justice.
Longest Night, The (1972) as Alan Chambers
A fact-based drama about a wealthy co-ed who is kidnapped and imprisoned underground in a coffin with a limited life-support system while her parents and police engage in an agonizing four-day search for her before she suffocates.
Moon Of The Wolf (1972) as Sheriff Aaron Whitaker
After several townspeople are savagely murdered, a sheriff in the Louisiana bayous searches for a crazed killer and becomes convinced that he's chasing a modern-day werewolf.
O'Hara, United States Treasury: Operation Cobra (1971) as James O'Hara
Narcotics agents break up a dope smuggling ring in the standard, efficient, Jack Webb-produced manner. Janssen went on to play O'Hara in the 1971-72 series, upholding law and order valiantly.
Macho Callahan (1970) as Diego "Macho" Callahan
A bitter Union soldier escapes from prison and seeks revenge against the man who put him there.
Where It's At (1969) as A. C. Smith
A Vegas casino owner teaches his son the gambling business.
Marooned (1969) as Ted Dougherty
Three U.S. astronauts face a slow death when their rockets fail during a space voyage.
Generation (1969) as Jim Bolton
The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968) as George Faber
International intrigue follows the election of the first Russian pope.
The Green Berets (1968) as George Beckworth
After vigorous training, two Army detachments see service in Vietnam.
Warning Shot (1967) as Sgt. Tom Valens
An officer goes on suspension when he shoots a suspect in self defense and the man''''s gun vanishes.
My Six Loves (1963) as Martin Bliss
Successful Broadway star Janice Courtney collapses from exhaustion and is ordered to rest for six weeks at her country home in Connecticut. While there, she meets some people who change her life permanently, and discovers true love and happiness.
Belle Sommers (1962) as Danny Castle
Twenty Plus Two (1961) as Tom Alder
When a Hollywood secretary is found murdered, a detective is hired to investigate the murder.
King of the Roaring 20's--The Story of Arnold Rothstein (1961) as Arnold Rothstein
A gangster rises to the top of the gambling racket.
Ring of Fire (1961) as Sgt. Steve Walsh
A group of delinquents hold a sheriff hostage in the middle of a forest fire.
Dondi (1961) as Dealey
World War II GIs adopt an Italian war orphan.
Man-Trap (1961) as Vince Biskay
During the Korean War, Matt saves the life of his buddy, Vince, who promises that someday he'll repay Matt by cutting him in on a million dollars. Eight years later Matt is in the midst of a rapidly disintegrating marriage to Nina, a man-hungry alcoholic. Vince suddenly reappears for a reunion with Matt, telling him that enemies of a Central American dictator have hijacked $3.5 million, and that he knows how he can get hold of the money and collect a large reward he'll share with Matt if he will help recover the money. Matt is skeptical, but after a particularly violent quarrel in which he leaves his wife, he agrees to go along with Vince, provided there is no gunplay.
Hell to Eternity (1960) as Sgt. Bill Hazen
A young man adopted by Japanese-Americans becomes a hero in World War II.
Lafayette Escadrille (1958) as Duke Sinclair
A hotshot young flyer falls for a French prostitute during World War I.
Showdown at Abilene (1956) as Verne Ward
Away All Boats (1956) as Talker
The story of USS 'Belinda', Attack Transport PA22, launched late 1943 with regular-navy captain Hawks and ex-merchant captain MacDougall as boat commander. Despite personal friction, the two have plenty to deal with as the only experienced officers on board during the "shakedown." Almost laughable incompetence gradually improves, but the crew remains far from perfect when the ship sees action, landing troops on enemy beachheads. And few anticipate the challenges in store at Okinawa...
The Toy Tiger (1956) as Larry Tripps
Advertising executive Gwen Taylor sends her art director Rick Todd on a mission to bring an artist back to the commercial fold. Meanwhile, Gwen's fatherless son Timmie, at a remote boys' school, is riding for a fall by manufacturing evidence of his "explorer father." By an amazing coincidence, Rick steps off the bus at just the right moment for Timmie to recruit him as "father" without his knowledge. With no intention of collaborating, the befuddled Rick is carried along by the sweep of events. Who can predict the outcome?
Never Say Goodbye (1956) as Dave Heller
In present-day U.S., Dr. Michael Parker, a prominent surgeon, unexpectedly runs into his German-born wife whom he thought was dead. Victor, an artist and his "dead" wife's now boyfriend, berates Dr. Parker for "killing" her. The bulk of the story flashes back to Austria during World War II as we learn how Dr. Parker met and married his wife, and the one mistake that may have cost him his family.
Francis in the Haunted House (1956) as Lt. Hopkins
The Square Jungle (1956) as Jack Lindsay
Grocery clerk Eddie Quaid, in danger of losing his father to alcoholism and his girl Julie through lack of career prospects, goes into boxing. His cop friend McBride finances him; ex-con Bernie Browne trains him. Three years later, he is a challenger for the championship, and Julie re-enters his life. Can she win him back from a predatory blonde? And why does the prospect of Eddie's winning worry Bernie more than his losing?
All That Heaven Allows (1956) as Freddie Norton
A lonely widow defies small-town gossip when she falls for a younger man.
The Girl He Left Behind (1956) as Capt. Genaro
The misadventures of a new army recruit.
Cult of the Cobra (1955) as Rico Nardi
While stationed in Asia, six American G.I.'s witness the secret ritual of Lamians (worshipers of women who can change into serpents). When discovered by the cult, the High Lamian Priest vows that "the Cobra Goddess will avenge herself". Once back in the United States, a mysterious woman enters into their lives and accidents begin to happen. The shadow of a cobra is seen just before each death.
To Hell and Back (1955) as Lieutenant Lee
Film star Audie Murphy plays himself in this tale of how he became World War II''''s most decorated U.S. soldier.
The Private War of Major Benson (1955) as Young lieutenant
An outspoken officer is forced to take charge of a military school.
Chief Crazy Horse (1955) as Lt. Colin Cartwright
When young Crazy Horse, of whom great things were predicted, wins his bride, rival Little Big Man goes to villainous traders with evidence of gold in the sacred Lakota burial ground. Of course, a new gold rush starts despite all treaties, and Crazy Horse becomes military leader of his people. Initial Indian victories lead to the inevitable result. Uniquely, all is told from the Indian perspective.
Francis in the Navy (1955) as Lieutenant Anders
Bonzo Goes to College (1952) as Jack
In this fantasy-toned sequel, former lab chimp Bonzo, now literate (!), runs away from a carnival sideshow and hops a banana truck. He lands in college town Pawlton and is adopted by the granddaughter of football coach 'Pop' Drew, who sorely needs good players. Obvious but pleasant slapstick follows.
Untamed Frontier (1952) as Young man in dance hall
The Denbow family hope to freeze out homesteaders by denying access across their land; but to evade a murder charge, Glenn Denbow marries the only witness, Jane, who's conveniently in love with him, but favors the settlers. When Glenn goes back to his blackmailing old flame Lottie, a warm regard develops between Jane and cousin Kirk Denbow. Things come to a head when an impending range war coincides with a rustling foray.
Francis Goes to West Point (1952) as Corp. Thomas
Peter Sterling (Donald O'Conner) is working at a government plant. His friend Francis (the talking mule) tells him the plant is going to be bombed. Peter passes the information to the plant manager. The bombers are caught and the plant is saved. Because of his help in saving the plant, Peter is sent to West Point. After his arrival, he finds out that Francis is there as one of the mascots. As usual, Peter gets himself in trouble by telling the commander that Francis can talk.
No Room for the Groom (1952) as Soldier
Alvah, a young GI who happens to own a vineyard, elopes to Las Vegas with Lee, his housekeeper's daughter. But Alvah's chicken pox postpone the wedding night. The rest revolves around more delays to the consummation, caused by Lee's manipulative Mama and the flock of mostly obnoxious relatives with whom she's filled the house.
Yankee Buccaneer (1952) as Beckett
A United States Navy ship in the first half of the 19th century, under the command of Captain David Porter, is expecting to put ashore after a year on the seas; but the arrival of one of Porter's ex-students, the willful and independent Lieutenant David Farragut, brings a new mission: to disguise the ship and crew as a pirate ship and help the Navy locate the criminals who have been robbing America's merchant fleet. But as Farragut's disobedience threatens the safety of the crew, they stumble upon an international conspiracy.

Music (feature film)

Sensitive, Passionate Man, A (1977)
An affluent couple's seemingly happy marriage is threatened by the husband's alcoholism.

Cast (special)

Circus of the Stars (1977) as Performer
An irregular series of specials in which show business personalities perform circus acts.
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope in "Joys" (1976) as Harry Orwell
A comic send-up of detective shows in which Bob Hope hires six famous TV detectives to solve a series of mysterious disappearances that have been occuring at his home.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Word, The (1978) as Steve Randall
Intrigue surrounding the discovery and publication of a controversial document that appears to be a long-lost ancient eyewitness account of the life of Christ, with David Janssen playing a public relations executive hired to promote this new version of the Bible. International film beauty Florinda B

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