John Forsythe

Actor, Director, Producer
Nearly as recognizable for his elegant, deliberative baritone voice as his silver-mane and WASPy visage, John Forsythe built a career as an unassuming TV everydad and a reliable and, by his own reckoning, "workmanlike" ... Read more »
Born: 01/29/1918 in Penns Grove, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (117)

What Makes Sammy Run? 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The E! True Hollywood Story: Heather Locklear 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Charlie (Actor)

Adventures From the Book of Virtues 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Dynasty: The E! True Hollywood Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlie's Angels 2000 (Movie)

of Charlie (Voice)

Shirley MacLaine: This Time Around 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mod Squad: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Arnold Palmer: Golf's Heart and Soul 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

People's Century: 1900-1999 1997 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 1998 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

An All Star Party For Aaron Spelling 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Jaclyn Smith 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Hotel de Love 1997 (Movie)

Newspaper Man (Actor)

Blue Skies 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC's 40th Anniversary Special 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's Birthday Memories 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

I Witness Video 1992 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Sea World/Busch Gardens Summer Celebration 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Powers That Be 1991 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Rich and Famous 1993 World's Best 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

A Busch Gardens-Sea World Summer Safari 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrations 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 6th Annual American Comedy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

Opposites Attract 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Sea World Star-Spangled Summer 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1990 Miss America Pageant 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

A Conversation With Dinah 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Lampoons Show Business 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Soap Opera Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The Portrait of Great Britain 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Dynasty 1980 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1989 Miss Universe Pageant 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 75th Anniversary of Beverly Hills 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Tribute to Bob Hope 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

John Forsythe's World of Survival 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Scrooged 1988 (Movie)

Lew Hayward (Actor)

Christmas in Washington 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Tears of Joy, Tears of Sorrow 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Presenter

George Burns' 90th Birthday Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

The ABC All-Star Spectacular 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Film Institute Salute to Billy Wilder 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

Disneyland's 30th Anniversary Celebration 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The People's Choice Awards 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Host

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Dom DeLuise and Friends 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mysterious Two 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Sizzle 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

And Justice For All 1979 (Movie)

Judge Fleming (Actor)

Circus of the Stars 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Emily, Emily 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlie's Angels 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Voice

The Deadly Tower 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Letters 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Happy Ending 1969 (Movie)

Fred Wilson (Actor)

Topaz 1969 (Movie)

Michael Nordstrom (Actor)

In Cold Blood 1967 (Movie)

Alvin Dewey (Actor)

The John Forsythe Show 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Madame X 1965 (Movie)

Clay Anderson (Actor)

See How They Run 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Alcoa Premiere 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Kitten With a Whip 1963 (Movie)

David Patton (Actor)

Bachelor Father 1957 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Zane Grey Theater 1956 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Way of the West 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Everything But the Truth 1956 (Movie)

Ernie Miller (Actor)

Philco Television Playhouse 1948 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ambassador's Daughter 1956 (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

The Trouble With Harry 1955 (Movie)

Sam Marlowe (Actor)

Escape From Fort Bravo 1953 (Movie)

Capt John Marsh (Actor)

The Glass Web 1953 (Movie)

Don Newell (Actor)

The Captive City 1952 (Movie)

Jim Austin (Actor)

A Bell for Adano (Movie)

(Actor)

A Time For Miracles (TV Show)

Actor

Amelia Earhart (TV Show)

Actor

Climax! (TV Show)

Actor

Cruise into Terror (TV Show)

Actor

Cry Panic (TV Show)

Actor

Dynasty: The Reunion (TV Show)

Actor

Lisa, Bright and Dark (TV Show)

Actor

Murder Once Removed (TV Show)

Actor

Never Con a Killer (TV Show)

Actor

Northern Pursuit (Movie)

Soldier (Actor)

On Fire (TV Show)

Actor

Opposites Attract (Movie)

Rex Roper (Actor)

Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Show)

Actor

Shadow on the Land (TV Show)

Actor

Tail Gunner Joe (TV Show)

Actor

Terror on the 40th Floor (TV Show)

Actor

The Healers (TV Show)

Actor

The Letters (Movie)

Paul Anderson (Actor)

The Users (TV Show)

Actor

With This Ring (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Nearly as recognizable for his elegant, deliberative baritone voice as his silver-mane and WASPy visage, John Forsythe built a career as an unassuming TV everydad and a reliable and, by his own reckoning, "workmanlike" actor, before becoming one of biggest names in show business in the 1980s. Forsythe imprinted his star in the pop culture firmament in ratings-topping 1970s and 1980s "campy" television institutions "Charlie's Angels" (ABC, 1976-1981) and "Dynasty" (ABC, 1981-89), but he arrived there with a long background on New York stages, including the distinction of being an original member of New York's now-renowned Actor's Studio, and prolific work at the dawn of the TV age. At the height of the success of "Dynasty," he came to be the medium's face of the opulence and excesses of go-go 1980s America, even as he long remained humble to a fault as to his own mark on his trade.

Relationships

Nicole Carter

Wife
Married from 2002 until his death in 2010; Carter was 22 years his junior

Brooke Forsythe

Daughter
Born in 1954 mother, Julie Warren

Page Forsythe

Daughter
Born in 1950 mother, Julie Warren

Dall Forsythe

Son
Born in 1943 mother, Parker McCormick

Samuel Freund

Father

Blanche Freund

Mother

Parker McCormick

Wife

Julie Warren Actor

Wife
Married from 1943 until her death in 1994; Forsythe made difficult decision to turn off Warren's life-support system; she had been in a coma following severe breathing difficulties

EDUCATION

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill , North Carolina
Attended on an athletic scholarship

Abraham Lincoln High School

Brooklyn , New York

Milestones

2006

Appeared with Dynasty co-stars for the ABC reunion special "Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar"

2003

Once again voiced Charlie for the sequel "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle"

2000

Reprised his role as Charlie for the film version of "Charlie's Angels"

1995

Briefly returned to the stage during the pre-Braodway run of "Sacrilege"; withdrew from the show for personal reasons

1992

Returned to series television to star in Norman Lear's "The Powers That Be" for NBC

1987

Executive produced the ABC TV-movie "On Fire"

1985

Appeared in a recurring role as Blake Carrington in the short-lived spin-off series "The Colbys" (ABC)

1981

Selected as a last minute replacement for George Peppard in the role of patriarch Blake Carrington in Aaron Spelling's prime time drama "Dynasty" (ABC); earned Golden Globe (1982, 1985, 1986, 1987) and Emmy (1982, 1983, 1984) nominations for Best Actor in

1979

Appeared as a judge with a kinky sex life in Norman Jewison's courtroom drama "...And Justice for All"

1976

First collaboration with Aaron Spelling, playing the role of a mysterious unseen millionaire and private investigator Charles Townsend in "Charlie's Angels" (ABC)

1970

Served as narrator on the syndicated nature series, "The World of Survival"

1968

Starred in Alfred Hitchcock's "Topaz"

1968

Co-starred with Walter Brennan in "To Rome with Love" on CBS

1967

Had a supporting role in the film adaptation of "In Cold Blood," which is based on Truman Capote's book of the same name

1965

Returned to television with the short lived "The John Forsythe Show" on NBC

1964

Returned to features with "Kitten with a Whip"

1962

Made producing debut with "The First Hundred Years" for "Vacation Playhouse"

1957

Made his debut as a series regular in "Bachelor Father" as Bentley Gregg, a playboy lawyer who becomes the guardian to his niece; first aired on CBS but moved to NBC the following season and to ABC in the fall of 1961

1956

Directed "Mister Roberts" at the City Center Theatre in New York City

1955

Played the male lead in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Trouble with Harry"

1953

Originated the role of Captain Frisby in "The Teahouse of the August Moon" on Broadway

1950

Replaced Henry Fonda in a national touring production of "Mister Roberts"

1947

Replaced Arthur Kennedy on Broadway in the role of Chris Keller in Arthur Miller's "All My Sons"

1943

First significant film role, "Destination Tokyo"

1942

Made feature acting debut as Soldier in "Northern Pursuit"

1941

First appeared on Broadway as Private Cootes in "Vickie"

1939

Made stage debut in "Dick Whittington and his Cat" in Chappaqua, NY

1936

Worked as baseball announcer at Ebbets Field for the Brooklyn Dodgers

Bonus Trivia

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John Forsythe owned and bred Thoroughbred racehorses for many years and was a member of the Board of Directors of Hollywood Park Racetrack.

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Forsythe underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 1979.

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John Forsythe announced in October 2006 that he is being treated for colorectal cancer at a Los Angeles hospital.

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