Actor James Farentino died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at the age of 73. The cause of death is not officially released, but a family spokesperson claimed the Hollywood star had suffered from a rather lengthy illness. He is survived by his fourth wife, Stella, whom he married in 1994, and by two sons, David and Saverio.
Best known for his TV work, Farentino earned nearly 100 credits for his roles in several television series, including recurring appearances in The Bold Ones: The Lawyers, Dynasty, Blue Thunder and Police Story. But you probably would recognize him best for playing George Clooney's estranged dad on ER. And although his private life didn't exactly have the best track record (he pleaded no contest to stalking his on-again-off-again girlfriend, Frank Sinatra's daughter Tina Sinatra, in 1994), it's always sad to say goodbye to another Hollywood vet.
We thank him for his many contributions to the entertainment industry. He will be missed.
Source: LA Times