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John Forsythe
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Forsythe in June 1958
Jacob Lincoln Freund

(1918-01-29)January 29, 1918
Died April 1, 2010(2010-04-01) (aged 92)
Cause of death Pneumonia
Resting place Oak Hill Cemetery, Ballard, California
Nationality American
Education Abraham Lincoln High School
Alma mater University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Occupation Actor
Years active 1943 – 2006
Spouse(s) Parker Worthington McCormick
(m.1939-1943; divorced)
Julie (Wagner) Warren
(m.1943-1994; her death)
Nicole Carter
(m.2002–2010; his death)
Children Page Warren Forsythe
Brooke Warren Forsythe
Dall McCormick Forsythe
Awards Golden Globe Award (1984)

John Forsythe (born Jacob Lincoln Freund; January 29, 1918 – April 1, 2010) was an American stage, film/television actor, producer, narrator, drama teacher and philanthropist whose career spanned six decades. He also appeared as a guest on several talk and variety shows and as a panelist on numerous game shows.

His 60-year acting career began in films in 1943. He signed up with Warner Bros. at age 25 as a minor contract player, he also enjoyed a successful television career, starring in three television series, spanning four decades.

Early life

Forsythe was born in Penns Grove, New Jersey to Blanche Materson (née Blohm) and to Samuel Jeremiah Freund. Forsythe was the oldest of three. Forsythe was raised in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn at the age of 16, and began attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1936 at the age of 18, he took a job as the public address announcer for Brooklyn Dodgers games at Ebbets Field, confirming a childhood love of baseball.


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John Forsythe and David Wayne in the 1954 Broadway production of The Teahouse of the August Moon 1954

Forsythe's movie career began in 1943 in the movie Northern Pursuit and since then he had appeared in many movies such as; Destination Tokyo, Escape from Fort Bravo, Madame X, Topaz, Scrooged, and his final movie was the 2003 movie Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle that is the sequel to the movie that is based on the television series Charlie's Angels in which Forsythe starred in.

Forsythe had starred in television series, but his most notable television works is in Dynasty as Blake Carrington and as Charles Townsend in the hit series Charlie's Angels. Forsythe was also in The Powers That Be, and was a Miss Universe host in 1989.

Forsythe has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama in 1984 for his role in Dynasty.


Forsythe died on April 1, 2010 from complications of pneumonia in Santa Ynez, California. He was 92 years old. His widow Nicole Carter died 40 days later. He is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Santa Barbara, California. He is survived by his son, his two daughters, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


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Melanie Fullerton and John Forsythe during To Rome With Love 1969
  • Northern Pursuit (1943) as Corporal (uncredited)
  • Destination Tokyo (1943) as Sparks
  • Arson, Inc. (1949) as Race Track Announcer (voice, uncredited)
  • The Captive City (1952) as Jim Austin
  • It Happens Every Thursday (1953) as Bob MacAvoy
  • The Glass Web (1953) as Don Newell
  • Escape from Fort Bravo (1953) as Capt. John Marsh
  • American Harvest (Revised Edition) (1955 short subject; narrator)
  • The Trouble with Harry (1955) as Sam Marlowe
  • The Ambassador's Daughter (1956) as Sgt. Danny Sullivan
  • Everything but the Truth (1956) as Ernie Miller
  • Dubrowsky (1959) as Wladia
  • Kitten with a Whip (1964) as David
  • Madame X (1966) as Clay Anderson
  • In Cold Blood (1967) as Alvin Dewey
  • Marooned (1969) as Olympus/President (uncredited)
  • Topaz (1969) as Michael Nordstrom
  • The Happy Ending (1969) as Fred Wilson
  • Goodbye & Amen (1978) as The American Ambassador
  • ...And Justice for All (1979) as Judge Henry T. Fleming
  • Scrooged (1988) as Lew Hayward
  • Stan and George's New Life (1992) as Father
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas (1999; direct-to-video) as Mr. Ryan (voice)
  • Charlie's Angels (2000) as Charles "Charlie" Townsend (voice)
  • Charlie's Angels: Animated Adventures (2003) as Charles "Charlie" Townsend (voice, uncredited) "Chapter One: Most Delicious Angels".
  • Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) as Charles "Charlie" Townsend (voice; final film role)

Television credits

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Publicity photo from Bachelor Father 1962
  • Curtain Call (1952)
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) as Kim Stanger
  • Zane Grey Theatre (1957) as CSA Lt. David Marr
  • Bachelor Father (1957–1962) as Bentley Gregg
  • The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford (June 9, 1960) as Himself - Actor / Singer
  • The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962) as Michael Barnes
  • See How They Run (1964) as Martin Young
  • The John Forsythe Show (1965–1966) as Major John Foster
  • A Bell for Adano (1967) as Maj. Victor Joppola
  • Shadow on the Land (1968) as Gen. Wendell Bruce
  • To Rome with Love (1969–1971) as Michael Endicott
  • Murder Once Removed (1971) as Dr. Ron Wellesley
  • The World of Survival (1971–1977) (narrator)
  • The Letters (1973) (unsold pilot) as Paul Anderson
  • Lisa, Bright and Dark (1973) as William Schilling
  • Cry Panic (1974) as David Ryder
  • The Healers (1974) as Dr. Robert Kier
  • Terror on the 40th Floor (1974) as Daniel 'Dan' Overland
  • The Deadly Tower (1975) as Lt. Elwood Forbes
  • Charlie's Angels (1976–1981) as Charles Townsend
  • Amelia Earhart (1976) as G.P. Putnam
  • Tail Gunner Joe (1977) as Paul Cunningham
  • Emily, Emily (1977) as Niles Putnam
  • Never Con a Killer (1977) (pilot for The Feather and Father Gang) as E.J. Valerian
  • Cruise Into Terror (1978) as Reverend Charles Mather
  • With This Ring (1978) as General Albert Harris
  • The Users (1978) as Reade Jamieson
  • A Time for Miracles (1980) as Postulator
  • Dynasty (1981–1989) as Blake Carrington
  • Sizzle (1981) as Mike Callahan
  • Mysterious Two (1982) as He
  • The Love Boat (1983) as Burt Gardner
  • The Colbys (1985–1986) as Blake Carrington
  • On Fire (1987) as Joe Leary Sr.
  • Miss Universe Pageant (1989)
  • Opposites Attract (1990) as Rex Roper
  • Dynasty: The Reunion (1991) as Blake Carrington
  • The Powers That Be (1992–1993) as Sen. William Franklin Powers
  • I Witness Video (host from 1993–1994) as Host
  • People's Century (1995) (miniseries) (narrator in U.S. version)
  • People's Century (1998) (narrator)
  • Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar (2006) as Himself / Blake Carrington

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