David Janssen

David Janssen

  • Highest Rated: 100% To Hell and Back (1955)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Inchon (1981)
  • Birthday: Mar 27, 1931
  • Birthplace: Naponee, Nebraska, USA
  • Like Clark Gable, David Janssen lost quite a few film roles in the early stages of his career because his ears were "too big" and -- also like Gable-- he did pretty well for himself in the long run. The son of a former beauty queen-cum-stage mother, Janssen was virtually strong-armed into show business, appearing as a child actor on-stage and as a juvenile performer in such films as Swamp Fire (1946). Signed to a Universal contract in 1950, he showed up fleetingly in films both big-budget (To Hell and Back) and small (Francis Goes to West Point). Full stardom eluded Janssen until 1957, when he was personally selected by actor/producer Dick Powell to star in the TV version of Powell's radio series Richard Diamond, Private Detective. Though he didn't exactly become a millionaire (for several years he earned a beggarly 750 dollars per week), Janssen's saleability soared as a result of his three-year Diamond gig, and by 1960 he was earning top billing in such Allied Artists productions as King of the Roaring 20s (1960), in which he played gambler Arnold Rothstein, and Hell to Eternity (1960). In 1963, he landed his signature role of Dr. Richard Kimble on TV's The Fugitive. For the next four years, Janssen/Kimble perambulated throughout the country in search of the "one-armed man" who committed the murder for which Kimble was sentenced to death, all the while keeping one step ahead of his dogged pursuer, Lieutenant Gerard (Barry Morse). The final episode of The Fugitive, telecast in August of 1967, was for many years the highest-rated TV episode in history. There was little Janssen could do to top that, though he continued appearing in such films as Warning Shot (1967) and Green Berets (1969), and starring in such TV series as O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (1971) and Harry O (1974-1976). David Janssen died of a sudden heart attack at age 49, not long after completing his final TV movie, City in Fear (1980).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

0% Inchon David Feld 1981
No Score Yet City in Fear Vince Perrino 1980
No Score Yet High Ice Glencoe MacDonald 1980
No Score Yet S.O.S. Titanic John Jacob Astor 1979
No Score Yet Centennial Paul Garrett 1978
No Score Yet The Word Actor 1978
No Score Yet Golden Rendezvous Charles Conway 1977
No Score Yet The Swiss Conspiracy David Christopher 1976
No Score Yet Stalk the Wild Child Actor 1976
27% Two Minute Warning Actor 1976
No Score Yet Jacqueline Susann's 'Once Is Not Enough' Tom 1975
No Score Yet Warhead Actor 1975
No Score Yet Fer-de-Lance Russ Bogan 1974
No Score Yet Smile, Jenny, You're Dead Harry Orwell 1974
No Score Yet Prisoner in the Middle Tony Stevens 1974
No Score Yet Pioneer Woman Robert Douglas 1973
No Score Yet Birds of Prey Harry Walker 1973
No Score Yet Moon of the Wolf Sheriff Aaron Whitaker 1972
No Score Yet Night Chase Actor 1970
No Score Yet Macho Callahan Diego Callahan 1970
No Score Yet Generation Jim Bolton 1969
86% Marooned Ted Dougherty 1969
No Score Yet Where It's At A.C. Smith 1969
25% The Green Berets George Beckworth 1968
43% The Shoes of the Fisherman George Faber 1968
No Score Yet Warning Shot Sgt. Tom Valens 1967
No Score Yet My Six Loves Actor 1963
No Score Yet Ring of Fire Sgt. Steve Walsh 1961
No Score Yet Twenty Plus Two Tom Alder 1961
No Score Yet King of the Roaring Twenties Arnold Rothstein 1961
No Score Yet Hell to Eternity Bill 1960
No Score Yet Darby's Rangers Actor 1958
No Score Yet Lafayette Escadrille Duke 1958
No Score Yet The Girl He Left Behind Capt. Genaro 1956
No Score Yet Away All Boats Actor 1956
No Score Yet Never Say Goodbye Dave Heller 1956
No Score Yet Francis in the Haunted House Lt. Hopkins 1956
No Score Yet The Toy Tiger Tripps 1956
93% All That Heaven Allows Freddie 1955
No Score Yet Francis in the Navy Lt. Anders 1955
No Score Yet The Private War of Major Benson Young Lieutenant 1955
No Score Yet Cult of the Cobra Rico Nardi 1955
No Score Yet Chief Crazy Horse Lt. Cartwright 1955
100% To Hell and Back Lee 1955
No Score Yet The Square Jungle Jack Lindsay 1955
No Score Yet Francis Goes to West Point Cpl. Thomas 1952
No Score Yet No Room for the Groom Soldier 1952
No Score Yet Swamp Fire Emile's Eldest Son (uncredited) 1946

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Dr. Richard Kimble
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963

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