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.”

Story continues below advertisement.

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.

Recommend this article


Similar Articles

More in Living