Actor James Farentino dies of heart failure at 73

Posted Jan. 24, 2012, at 9:19 p.m.

LOS ANGELES — A family spokesman says actor James Farentino, who appeared in dozens of movies and television shows, has died in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 73.

Family spokesman Bob Palmer says Farentino died of heart failure after a long illness at Cedars-Sinai Hospital on Tuesday.

Farentino starred alongside Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen in a 1980 science fiction film “The Final Countdown.”

Farentino also starred opposite Patty Duke in 1969′s “Me, Natalie.”

He also had recurring roles on “Dynasty,” ”Melrose Place,” ”The Bold Ones: The Lawyers” and “ER,” playing the estranged father to George Clooney’s character.

A four-time divorcee, Farentino’s tumultuous personal life made headlines, too.

In March 1994 he pleaded no contest to stalking his ex-girlfriend Tina Sinatra, daughter of Frank Sinatra.

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