Who doesn’t remember the tall dark and stunning actor James Farentino and his performances on stage, screen and television? Actors like him have seen the media industry changing and witnessed the sort of events that made it in the history books. “Dynasty” star James Farentino died age 73 on Tuesday.
If you were just turning 20 when the first iPod was released, then chances are you might not know who James Farentino is. But your mom will surely have something to say about his parts and his looks. He did break hearts when he was younger and raving the television industry.
For this great performer everything came to an end, as he died on Tuesday in Los Angeles’ Cerdars – Sinai Medical Center. According to Bob Palmer, a spokesman for Farentino, the cause of death was attributed to heart failure after a long illness.
The veteran TV actor is most reputable thanks to his parts in “Dynasty”, “Police Story” and the original “Melrose Place”. James Farentino starred among worldwide celebrities such as George Clooney (in E.R.), Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen (in the 1980 science fiction film “The Final Countdown”).
James Farentino was the sort of actor that could easily play an array of parts, without forgetting he’s there to entertain an audience and give his best. Cecil Smith, reporter with the Los Angeles Times wrote in 1971 that “Farentino can play in anybody’s league as an actor”. Smith added back then that “since he first drew attention opposite Bette Davis on Broadway in ‘Night of the Iguana’, this fiery young star has cut a handsome swath through movies and television”.
Apart from his prodigious career in television, with nearly 100 credits, his personal life was the kind to keep tabloids interested. Farentino has been married and divorced three times, but he’s best known for his hectic and troubled relationship with ex-girlfriend Tina Sinatra.
In 1994, Farentino was accused of stalking Tina and has been charged with other 23 misdemeanors, including making harassing phone calls and violating a restraining order to stay away from Frank Sinatra’s youngest daughter. He was placed on 36 months’ probation and was ordered to undergo psychiatric and alcohol counseling.