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David Janssen

Highest Rated:   100% Marooned (1969)
Lowest Rated:   0% Inchon (1981)
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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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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
30% 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
  • Actor
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
100% Marooned
  • Ted Dougherty
1969
No Score Yet Where It's At
  • A.C. Smith
1969
27% The Green Berets
  • George Beckworth
1968
50% 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 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
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 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

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