Actor James Farentino died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California following a long illness at the age of 73. The darkly handsome actor appeared in about 100 credits in television and film and stage roles, among of which are Jesus of Nazareth, The Final Countdown, and Dynasty. Besides his notable recurring roles, Farentino is remembered for a fiery relationship with Frank Sinatra’s daughter. He was married four times, including to actress Michelle Lee. His marriage with his actress made for a Hollywood power couple in their day.
Actor Farentino died Tuesday in Cedars-Sinai Hospital at the age of 73. He died of heart failure after a lengthy illness.
Farentino took a prominent role as Happy Loman in the 1966 TV adaptation of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”.
In 1967, his performance in “The Pad and How to Use it” brought him a "Most Promising Newcomer" Golden Globe.
The actor played opposite Patty Duke in 1969's "Me, Natalie."
In 1972, Farentino played one of three brothers who wanted out of a Mafia family in the television movie “The Family Rico”.
His role as Stanley Kowalski in a 1973 Broadway revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire” received critical acclamation.
Farentino portrayed Saint Peter in the television mini-series “Jesus of Nazareth.”
Farentino starred a Navy officer in the 1980 science-fiction film “The Final Countdown.”
The actor had recurring roles on “Melrose Place,” Dynasty” and “ER” in his later career.
James Farentino at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, California
James Farentino played George Clooney's estranged father on NBC's 'ER'.
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