James MacArthur

Actor
A boyish juvenile lead before assuming one of the most iconic roles in the history of television police dramas, James MacArthur played Danny "Danno" Williams of "Book 'em, Danno" fame on 11 seasons of "Hawaii Five-O" ... Read more »
Born: 12/08/1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (20)

Murder, She Wrote 1968 - 1980, 1984 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Night the Bridge Fell Down 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 1968 - 1980 (Tv Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars III 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars IV 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Hang 'Em High 1968 (Movie)

Preacher (Actor)

Battle of the Bulge 1965 (Movie)

Lieutenant Weaver (Actor)

Ride Beyond Vengeance 1965 (Movie)

Delahy (Actor)

The Bedford Incident 1965 (Movie)

Ensign Ralston (Actor)

The Truth About Spring 1964 (Movie)

(Actor)

Spencer's Mountain 1963 (Movie)

Clayboy Spencer (Actor)

The Interns 1961 (Movie)

Dr Lew Worship (Actor)

Kidnapped 1960 (Movie)

David Balfour (Actor)

The Swiss Family Robinson 1960 (Movie)

Fritz (Actor)

Third Man on the Mountain 1959 (Movie)

Rudi Matt (Actor)

The Light in the Forest 1958 (Movie)

Johnny Butler/True Son (Actor)

The Young Stranger 1957 (Movie)

Hal Ditmar (Actor)
Music (1)

Third Man on the Mountain 1959 (Movie)

("Climb the Mountain") (Song Performer)

Biography

A boyish juvenile lead before assuming one of the most iconic roles in the history of television police dramas, James MacArthur played Danny "Danno" Williams of "Book 'em, Danno" fame on 11 seasons of "Hawaii Five-O" (CBS, 1968-1980). The adopted son of actress Helen Hayes, he made his acting debut opposite her on the radio, and later became the youthful star of several live-action adventures for Walt Disney Pictures, including "Swiss Family Robinson" (1961). He was a frequent guest star and supporting player in films and on television before landing the role on "Five-O," which kept him in the limelight for over a decade before leaving the program. Though MacArthur never found a follow-up project with the same degree of visibility, his body of work included enough popular favorites to ensure him a lasting degree of fame.

Relationships

Lillian Gish Actor

Godmother

Helen Hayes Actor

Adoptive parent

Mary MacArthur

Sister

Charles MacArthur Play as Source Material

Adoptive parent

EDUCATION

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Dropped out in his sophomore year to pursue an acting career

Solebury School

New Hope, Pennsylvania

Milestones

2005

Co-directed a revival version of "Twentieth Century," a play co-written by his father, Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht

2003

Had a cameo role in Joe Moore's play "Dirty Laundry," playing a priest accused of molestation

1998

Acted in the Family Channel movie, "Storm Chasers: Revenge of the Twisters"

1983

Starred in the made-for-television movie, "The Night the Bridge Fell Down"

1981

Played the lead role of Hildy Johnson in a production of "The Front Page," which was co-written by his father in the late 1920s

1979

Returned to the theater in "The Lunch Hour" with Cybill Shepherd

1968

Played Danny 'Danno' Williams in the CBS series, "Hawaii Five-O"; left the series before the start of its twelfth and final season

1968

Had a brief but memorable appearance in the Clint Eastwood movie, "Hang 'Em High"

1963

Cast as the eldest son of Henry Fonda's large brood in "Spencer's Mountain"

1961

Had a memorable role as a vicious killer on "The Untouchables" (ABC)

1960

Left Harvard to appear in the Disney films, "Kidnapped" and "Swiss Family Robinson"

1960

Made his Broadway debut, playing opposite Jane Fonda in "Invitation to a March"

1957

Reprised role for Frankenheimer's film version, which was renamed "The Young Stranger"

1955

Starred as a complex and misunderstood teenager in an episode of the CBS anthology series "Climax!"; the episode "Deal a Blow" was directed by John Frankenheimer

1949

Made his stage debut with a two-week stint in "The Corn Is Green"

1948

Made his performing debut at the age of 11 in a radio drama opposite his mother

Bonus Trivia

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Adopted as an infant by playwright Charles MacArthur and his wife, actress Helen Hayes.

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