Robert Foxworth

Actor, Director, TV cameraman
A solid, curly-haired and ruggedly handsome leading man, Robert Foxworth achieved TV stardom with his six-year (1981-87) run as Chase Gioberti, the family man who inherited vineyards from his father and did battle with ... Read more »
Born: 10/31/1941 in Houston, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (73)

Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 (Movie)

Ratchet (Voice)

Chaos 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 (Movie)

Ratchet (Voice)

Kiss the Bride 2008 (Movie)

Wayne (Actor)

Kidnapped 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reaper 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Transformers 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Ratchet (Actor)

Bones 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boston Legal 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brothers & Sisters 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Christy 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 2000, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

City of Angels 1992 - 2000, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Close to Home 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gilmore Girls 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Justice League Unlimited 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 2000, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Law & Order 1992 - 2000, 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 1997 - 2000, 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1992 - 2000, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Picket Fences 1992 - 2000, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

SeaQuest DSV 1992 - 2000, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Syriana 2005 (Movie)

Tommy Barton (Actor)

The West Wing 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Enterprise 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jeremiah 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Six Feet Under 2001 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stargate SG-1 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Judging Amy 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Coach 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hearts Afire 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lateline 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strong Medicine 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Babylon 5 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Elizabeth Montgomery: A Touch of Magic 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

2000 Malibu Road 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Face to Face 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Falcon Crest 1981 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Grand Deceptions 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Personal Choice 1989 (Movie)

Richard Michael (Actor)

In the Shadow of Vesuvius 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 1st Annual CBS Easter Parade 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Invisible Strangler 1984 (Movie)

Lieutenant Charles Barrett (Actor)

Act of Love 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Black Marble 1980 (Movie)

Valnikov (Actor)

Prophecy 1979 (Movie)

Rob Vern (Actor)

Damien - Omen II 1978 (Movie)

Paul Buher (Actor)

It Happened at Lake Wood Manor 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Susan and Sam 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Airport 77 1976 (Movie)

Chambers (Actor)

James Dean 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Treasure of Matecumbe 1976 (Movie)

Jim (Actor)

Frankenstein 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Men at Law 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Storefront Lawyers 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Another Part of the Forest (TV Show)

Actor

Deathmoon (TV Show)

Actor

Double Standard (TV Show)

Actor

For Love and Glory (TV Show)

Actor

Frankenstein (Movie)

Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Actor)

Hogan's Goat (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Sundance (TV Show)

Actor

Peter and Paul (TV Show)

Actor

Sandburg's Lincoln (TV Show)

Actor

The Devil's Daughter (TV Show)

Actor

The Memory of Eva Ryker (TV Show)

Actor

The New Healers (TV Show)

Actor

The Questor Tapes (TV Show)

Actor

The Return of Desperado (TV Show)

Actor

With Murder in Mind (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A solid, curly-haired and ruggedly handsome leading man, Robert Foxworth achieved TV stardom with his six-year (1981-87) run as Chase Gioberti, the family man who inherited vineyards from his father and did battle with his powerful aunt (Jane Wyman) on the popular CBS primetime serial "Falcon Crest". The Houston native had spent his teenage years observing the actors at the Alley Theater and he eventually began his professional career there in 1959. After further studies at Carnegie-Mellon, Foxworth spent several seasons at the prestigious Arena Stage in Washington, DC (where he worked with Jane Alexander, among others) and the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, CT.

After making his Broadway debut in 1969 as the Chorus in "Henry V", Foxworth landed his first series role as an idealistic attorney who worked among the downtrodden of L.A. in "The Storefront Lawyers" (CBS, 1970-71). The network revamped the series in early 1971, moving Foxworth's character to a fancy law firm and calling the show "Men at Law" but it still failed to impress audiences. For much of the next decade, the actor divided his time between Broadway (where he was an impressive John Proctor in a 1972 revival of "The Crucible"), films (the best of which was 1980's "The Black Marble") and TV. The small screen proved particularly hospitable to Foxworth's abilities. He proved equally at home as the earnest do-gooder and as despicable villains. One of his better turns came as titular gangster in "The FBI Story: The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One" (NBC, 1974). That same year, he was the romantic lead to Elizabeth Montgomery in the Western "Mrs. Sundance" (ABC, 1974), which also marked the beginning of their off-screen relationship. In "Peter and Paul" (CBS, 1981), Foxworth was the former, holding his own against Anthony Hopkins' showy turn as the latter. "Falcon Crest", however, solidified his position as a leading man, but not content to rest on his laurels, he moved behind the camera to helm several episodes of the series as well. When he vacated the role, his character was killed on the series.

Throughout the 80s and into the 90s, Foxworth continued to act in the occasional TV-movie, like "Double Standard" (NBC, 1988), a based-on-fact drama about a judge living a double life complete with two wives. He returned to series work in a recurring role on the "2000 Malibu Road" (CBS, 1992) but the show proved a bust in the ratings department Gradually shedding his persona as a dramatic actor, Foxworth made guest appearances on sitcoms, paving the way for his return to TV series on NBC's "Lateline" (1998-99). As the pompous anchor Pearce McKenzie in this spoof of network news programming, he proved an unexpected delight, delivering his lines with the right panache and nearly stealing every one of his scenes. Foxworth had not forsaken the stage, though, co-starring with Kevin Kline in a Broadway production of "Ivanov" in the fall of 1997 and reuniting with Jane Alexander (as her adulterous husband) in 1998's "Honour".

Relationships

John Foxworth

Father

Erna Foxworth

Mother

Kristyn Foxworth

Daughter
mother, Marilyn McCormick

Bo Foxworth

Son
mother, Marilyn McCormick

Marilyn McCormick

Wife
married on September 24, 1964 divorced in 1974

Elizabeth Montgomery

Wife
together from 1974 married from 1993 until her death from cancer on May 18, 1995

EDUCATION

Carnegie-Mellon University

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania

Milestones

2001

Had co-starring role in the Broadway production "Judgment at Nuremberg"

1998

Appeared opposite Jane Alexander in the Broadway play "Honour"

1997

Co-starred in the Broadway production of "Ivanov"

1992

Had recurring role in the CBS primetime soap "2000 Malibu Road"

1981

Co-starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in the CBS miniseries "Peter and Paul"

1980

Had leading role in the film "The Black Marble"

1977

Starred in the busted pilot "Susan and Sam" (NBC)

1976

Film acting debut, "The Treasure of Matecumbe"

1974

Had title role of gangster Alvin Karpis in the CBS movie "The FBI Story: The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One"

1974

Starred opposite Elizabeth Montgomery in the ABC movie "Mrs. Sundance"

1973

Played Dr. Victor Frankenstein in the ABC miniseries "Frankenstein"

1972

Starred opposite Faye Dunaway in the TV production of "Hogan's Goat" (aired on PBS' "Great Performances")

1972

Returned to Broadway in a revival of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"

1969

Moved to L.A.

1968

Broadway acting debut as the Chorus in "Henry V"

1959

Appeared with the Alley Theatre in Houston

Played regular role of Chase Gioberti on the CBS primetime soap "Falcon Crest"; also directed episodes

Series debut as regular, "The Storefront Lawyers" (CBS); series was overhauled and retitled "Men at Law" for its final episodes

Worked for several seasons with the Arena Stage in Washington, DC

Appeared in several productions of the L.A.-based Matrix Theatre

Toured as a math genius in the play "Proof"

Returned to series TV as the news anchor in the NBC sitcom "Lateline"

Raised in Houston, Texas

Hosted and produced radio broadcasts on National Public Radio in the 1980s

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