David Janssen


Actor
David Janssen

About

Also Known As
David Harold Meyer, Dave Janssen
Birth Place
Naponee, Nebraska, USA
Born
March 27, 1931
Died
February 13, 1980
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

Actor David Janssen is best remembered for his role as Dr. Richard Kimble in "The Fugitive," the classic suspense television show that ran for four seasons in the mid 1960s. Accused and convicted of murdering his wife, Janssen becomes an outlaw when the train taking him to prison crashes, and he begins his own manhunt for the one-armed murderer who got away. Before hitting it big with th...

Family & Companions

Ellie Graham
Wife
Married in 1958; divorced in 1973.
Dani Saval Crayne
Wife
Married in 1975 until his death; later married director Hal Needham.

Biography

Actor David Janssen is best remembered for his role as Dr. Richard Kimble in "The Fugitive," the classic suspense television show that ran for four seasons in the mid 1960s. Accused and convicted of murdering his wife, Janssen becomes an outlaw when the train taking him to prison crashes, and he begins his own manhunt for the one-armed murderer who got away. Before hitting it big with the show, he played numerous bit parts in forgettable B movies over the years, but his movie career never really took off. Television was where Janssen made his name and fortune. In 1957, he played one of TV's first tough-guy detectives in "Richard Diamond, Private Detective." Post-"Fugitive," he starred in the crime show "O'Hara, United States Treasury," co-created by "Dragnet"'s Jack Webb, and in the short-lived "Harry O," the latter show fondly remembered by viewers and critics as one of the best crime shows of its day. Although his big-screen career never panned out, many action fans will remember him best as the doubting journalist in need of some political indoctrination from John Wayne in the gung-ho Vietnam War film "The Green Berets." Janssen died in 1980 of a heart attack at the age of 48.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Inchon (1982)
David Feld
City in Fear (1980)
High Ice (1980)
Glencoe Macdonald
The Golden Gate Murders (1979)
Detective Sergeant Paul Silver
S.O.S. Titanic (1979)
Superdome (1978)
Nowhere to Run (1978)
A Sensitive, Passionate Man (1977)
Michael Delaney
Golden Rendezvous (1977)
Stalk the Wild Child (1976)
Two-Minute Warning (1976)
Mayday At 40,000 Feet! (1976)
The Swiss Conspiracy (1975)
David Christopher
Smile Jenny, You're Dead (1974)
Harry Orwell
Fer-De-Lance (1974)
Russ Bogan
The Pioneer Woman (1973)
Robert Douglas
Birds Of Prey (1973)
Harry Walker
Hijack! (1973)
Harry O (1973)
Moon Of The Wolf (1972)
Sheriff Aaron Whitaker
The Longest Night (1972)
Alan Chambers
O'Hara, United States Treasury: Operation Cobra (1971)
James O'Hara
Macho Callahan (1970)
Diego "Macho" Callahan
Generation (1969)
Jim Bolton
Where It's At (1969)
A. C. Smith
Marooned (1969)
Ted Dougherty
The Green Berets (1968)
George Beckworth
The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968)
George Faber
Warning Shot (1967)
Sgt. Tom Valens
My Six Loves (1963)
Martin Bliss
Belle Sommers (1962)
Danny Castle
Man-Trap (1961)
Vince Biskay
Dondi (1961)
Dealey
Ring of Fire (1961)
Sgt. Steve Walsh
Twenty Plus Two (1961)
Tom Alder
King of the Roaring 20's--The Story of Arnold Rothstein (1961)
Arnold Rothstein
Hell to Eternity (1960)
Sgt. Bill Hazen
Lafayette Escadrille (1958)
Duke Sinclair
All That Heaven Allows (1956)
Freddie Norton
The Square Jungle (1956)
Jack Lindsay
Francis in the Haunted House (1956)
Lt. Hopkins
Never Say Goodbye (1956)
Dave Heller
The Toy Tiger (1956)
Larry Tripps
Away All Boats (1956)
Talker
Showdown at Abilene (1956)
Verne Wardrobe
The Girl He Left Behind (1956)
Capt. Genaro
Francis in the Navy (1955)
Lieutenant Anders
Chief Crazy Horse (1955)
Lt. Colin Cartwright
To Hell and Back (1955)
Lieutenant Lee
Cult of the Cobra (1955)
Rico Nardi
The Private War of Major Benson (1955)
Young lieutenant
Yankee Buccaneer (1952)
Beckett
Francis Goes to West Point (1952)
Corp. Thomas
Untamed Frontier (1952)
Young man in dance hall
No Room for the Groom (1952)
Soldier
Bonzo Goes to College (1952)
Jack

Music (Feature Film)

A Sensitive, Passionate Man (1977)
Song

Cast (Special)

Circus of the Stars (1977)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope in "Joys" (1976)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Word (1978)

Life Events

Photo Collections

The Green Berets - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Green Berets (1968), co-directed by and starring John Wayne. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Marooned - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Marooned (1969), starring Gregory Peck, David Janssen, and Gene Hackman. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Lafayette Escadrille (1958) - In Good Company Clint Eastwood's first scene, as the Yanks (David Janssen, Jody McCrea, Tab Hunter, William Wellman Jr., as his dad) spend their first night in France, the de facto honor roll being much of the point for narrator, director and producer William A. Wellman, in Lafayette Escadrille, 1958.
Lafayette Escadrille (1958) - He's Forgotten You Exist Just arrived in 1914 France, American volunteer fliers (William Wellman Jr., Jody McCrea, David Janssen and especially Tab Hunter as "Thad") notice Renee' (Etchika Choreau) and other locals, early in director William A. Wellman's Lafayette Escadrille, 1958.
Lafayette Escadrille (1958) - Got Ya' Scared, Princeton? American hijinks on the French airfield, David Janssen leads the jokers and the last bit baseball, with "Billy Jack" (Tom Laughlin) pitching to "Dirty Harry" (Clint Eastwood), in producer-director William A. Wellman's tribute to the World War One flying corps, Lafayette Escadrille, 1958.
Marooned (1969) - Have You Given Up Hope? Having confirmed that the astronauts are stuck in orbit, NASA chief Keith (Gregory Peck) instructs mission control officer Dougherty (David Jansen) to manage the wives (Lee Grant, Nancy Kovack, Mariette Hartley) before he takes on the press, John Sturges directing, in Marooned, 1969.
Girl He Left Behind, The (1956) - While You're In Dog Company Still less than committed but now in the U.S. Army, Andy (Tab Hunter) and comrades (including Henry Jones, Alan King) get an early talking-to from Sgt. Hanna (Jim Backus) and Capt. Genaro (David Janssen), in The Girl He Left Behind, from an original screenplay by Marion Hargrove.
Shoes Of The Fisherman, The (1968) -- I Saw The World Colorful Vatican envoy Telemond (Oskar Werner) is escorting Russian archbishop Lakota (Anthony Quinn), freed from Siberia, to Rome, where American reporter Faber (David Janssen), delayed by a girlfriend (Rosemarie Dexter), has been promised an exclusive, in The Shoes Of The Fisherman, 1968.
Marooned (1969) - This Is Launch Control An impressive start, with NASA cooperation, though seen by some as accurate to a fault, the launch of astronauts James Franciscus, Gene Hackman and Richard Crenna in the fictional Ironman spacecraft, John Sturges directing, from Marooned, 1969, starring Gregory Peck.
Marooned (1969) - A Serious Decline John Sturges directs a transition from astronauts Richard Crenna, Gene Hackman and James Franciscus, giddy with their first spacewalk, to months later, mission control chief David Jansen and NASA administrator (Gregory Peck as “Keith,”), electing to terminate the mission, early in Marooned, 1969.
Green Berets, The (1968) - Communist Domination Col. York (John Wayne, the producer and co-director) observing reporter Beckworth (David Janssen) and soldiers Muldoon (Aldo Ray) and McGee (Raymond St. Jacques) discussing Vietnam in a state-side press event, early in The Green Berets, 1968.
King Of The Roaring 20's (1961) - Jekyll And Company Showgirl Carolyn (Dianne Foster) backstage with Madge (Diana Dors) and company, then on her second date with Arnold (David Janssen) in King Of The Roaring 20's -- The Story Of Arnold Rothstein, 1961.
Dondi (1961) - Sarge Hates Kids Dealey (David Janssen) and buddies (Louis Quinn, Dick Patterson, Arnold Stang) send their Italian war orphan (David Kory) to wash up, when the Sergeant (Mickey Shaughnessy) arrives to inspect, in Dondi, 1961, from the popular comic strip.
Dondi (1961) - No Mama No Papa American G.I. Dealey (David Janssen), headed into town on Christmas leave, meets an as-yet un-named Italian war orphan (David Kory), introducing him to Peewee (Arnold Stang), in Dondi, 1961, based on the famous comic strip.

Companions

Ellie Graham
Wife
Married in 1958; divorced in 1973.
Dani Saval Crayne
Wife
Married in 1975 until his death; later married director Hal Needham.

Bibliography