John Forsythe

Highest Rated: 93% The Waterdance (1992)
Lowest Rated: 22% Hotel de Love (1996)
Birthday: Jan 29, 1918
Birthplace: Penn's Grove, New Jersey, USA
Only a handful of American actors can lay claim to A-list popularity on the big and small screen in multiple decades, and even fewer have matched the good-natured, easygoing charm of John Forsythe. In lead or supporting roles, playing his standard everyman protagonist, or occasionally cutting against type to portray nasty villains, Forsythe is one to whom generations of viewers naturally gravitated, like a reliable old friend.The oldest son of a factory worker, John Lincoln Freund was born into inauspicious circumstances, in the middle-class community of Penns Grove, NJ, on January 29, 1918. Raised in Brooklyn, NY, while his father did business on Wall Street during the Great Depression, John graduated from high school two years earlier than most, at age 16, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating two years later. A longtime worshiper of baseball, he almost immediately landed a highly coveted job as the Dodgers announcer at Ebbets Field after leaving UNC, but his father noticed his eldest's dramatic abilities and encouraged the boy to branch out into acting. Freund followed suit, making his Broadway bow in 1942 and latching on to a hit when cast in Moss Hart's 1943 production Winged Victory. He later moved to sunny Southern California, where he took the stage name John Forsythe, became a bit player for Warners, and landed supporting roles in several movies, including the heavily lauded WWII vehicle Destination Tokyo (1943) and the same year's Northern Pursuit. Meanwhile, he met and married actress Parker McCormick, by whom he had a son, Dall. Their troubled union lasted only a year.Around the time of the divorce, Forsythe put his career on the shelf and headed off to military service in Europe, where he worked as a speech pathologist in a hospital, helping to recuperate wounded soldiers who were having difficulty with articulation. Before the end of 1943, Forsythe's enlistment wrapped. That same year, Forsythe met stage actress Julie Warren, who became his second wife; the couple raised two daughters. He helped found The Actors Studio in the early '50s, at the time a hotbed of exciting young screen talent that included Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Richard Egan, and a 14-year-old prodigy from Great Britain named Joan Collins, with whom Forsythe would team up years later on Dynasty. Meanwhile, he appeared in two high-profile Broadway productions, Teahouse of the August Moon and Mister Roberts, both well on their way to becoming A-budget Hollywood films.The late '50s were an exciting period for Forsythe; he landed one of his most prominent big-screen spots -- as artist Sam Marlowe in Alfred Hitchcock's eccentric cult comedy The Trouble with Harry (1955) -- and, two years later, reeled in one of the most enduring small-screen roles of his career, as the titular uncle Bentley Gregg on the CBS/NBC/ABC series Bachelor Father. The cast included Noreen Corcoran, Sammee Tong, and Bernadette Withers; the ratings shot up and gave the series a five-year run. Scattered movie roles followed throughout the '60s, including Kitten with a Whip (1964) and In Cold Blood (1967), as well as the television series The John Forsythe Show (1965-1966) and To Rome with Love (1969-1971), but it would be another decade or so before Forsythe fully re-entered the public eye. In the early '70s, Forsythe began a periodic association with TV mogul Aaron Spelling, which yielded multiple telemovies (Cry Panic [1974], Cruise into Terror [1978]), and the two series for which the actor is best known. For the first, Spelling cast Forsythe in a prominent voice-only role -- that of Charlie Townsend, the reclusive head of a female detective agency, in Charlie's Angels (1976-1981). With sex symbols Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson, and especially Farrah Fawcett-Majors as the leads, the program invented "jiggle TV" and became a ratings smash. Spelling didn't forget the favor that Forsythe had done for him; seven months before Angels ended, he spun

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
42% Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle Charlie $100.7M 2003
68% Charlie's Angels Charlie $124.5M 2000
60% Journey to the Center of the Earth Actor 1999
No Score Yet People's Century: 1900-1999 Narrator 1999
No Score Yet People's Century: 1900-1999 Narrator 1999
No Score Yet People's Century: 1900-1999 Narrator 1999
No Score Yet People's Century: 1900-1999 Narrator 1999
No Score Yet We Wish You a Merry Christmas Actor 1998
22% Hotel de Love Newspaper Man 1996
93% The Waterdance Actor 1992
No Score Yet Greenpeace's Greatest Hits Actor 1990
No Score Yet Opposites Attract Rex Roper 1990
70% Scrooged Lew 1988
No Score Yet Mysterious Two Actor 1982
No Score Yet Sizzle Actor 1981
No Score Yet A Time for Miracles Postulator 1980
81% ...And Justice for All Judge Henry T. Fleming 1979
No Score Yet Cruise into Terror Actor 1978
No Score Yet The Deadly Tower Police Lieutenant 1975
No Score Yet Terror on the 40th Floor Dan Overland 1974
No Score Yet Murder Once Removed Dr. Ron Wellesley 1971
33% The Happy Ending Fred Wilson 1969
68% Topaz Michael Nordstrom 1969
84% In Cold Blood Alvin Dewey 1967
No Score Yet Madame X Clay Anderson 1966
67% Kitten with a Whip David Stratton 1964
No Score Yet What Makes Sammy Run? Actor 1959
No Score Yet The Ambassador's Daughter Sgt. Danny Sullivan 1956
No Score Yet Everything but the Truth Ernie Miller 1956
90% The Trouble with Harry Sam Marlowe 1955
No Score Yet Escape From Fort Bravo Capt. John Marsh 1953
No Score Yet It Happens Every Thursday Bob MacAvoy 1953
No Score Yet The Glass Web Don Newell 1953
78% The Captive City Jim Austin 1952
No Score Yet Northern Pursuit Soldier 1943
No Score Yet Destination Tokyo Sparks 1943

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Nature
1982
Appearing
  • 2005
No Score Yet Dynasty
1981-1989
Blake Carrington
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
1976-1981
Voice
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Kim Strange
  • 1955
63% The Powers That Be
1993
Sen. William Powers

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