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James Farentino, who co-starred with Lucie in the TV movie Who Gets the Friends, has died at the age of 73. Farentino played leading man to both Mary Tyler Moore and Julie Andrews in their short lived one name sitcoms. He was married to Michele Lee for years and before that, married to Elizabeth Ashley.


James Farentino, best remembered for his roles in the television series The Bold Ones: The Lawyers and Dynasty, died of heart failure earlier today at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 73.


A Brooklyn native (born on Feb. 24, 1938), Farentino made his Broadway debut in the 1961 production of Tennessee Williams' Night of the Iguana, starring Bette Davis, Margaret Leighton, and Patrick O'Neal. The following year, he began guesting on various television series, among them The Defenders, Route 66, and 77 Sunset Strip.


Despite a Golden Globe as Most Promising Newcomer – Male for Brian G. Hutton's 1967 comedy The Pad and How to Use It, Farentino's film career was a minor one. He did, however, play one of the leads in a more important comedy that same year, David Lowell Rich's Rosie!, based on a play co-written by Ruth Gordon, and starring Rosalind Russell, Sandra Dee, and Brian Aherne. Additionally, Farentino was Patty Duke's leading man in Me, Natalie, a 1969 comedy directed by Fred Coe.


Farentino had better opportunities on television. In addition to The Bold Ones and Dynasty, he was featured in numerous TV series and movies, including Blue Thunder, Sins, and Mary, Mary Tyler Moore's much-ballyhooed but ultimately short-lived television comeback in the mid-1980s. In 1978, Farentino was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special for his performance as St. Peter in Franco Zeffirelli's miniseries Jesus of Nazareth.


According to the Los Angeles Times, in 1994 Farentino pleaded no contest to stalking his ex-girlfriend, Tina Sinatra. Two of his former wives were actresses Elizabeth Ashley and Michelle Lee.



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James Farentino, who co-starred with Lucie in the TV movie Who Gets the Friends, has died at the age of 73.


Aww. :(


He was married to...Elizabeth Ashley.


:obrien: Aww! :(



Seriously though, just looking over his IMBD page he had a really interesting and varied career. I want to know more about this Tina Sinatra incident. lol

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His character was a foil for Blake Carrington on "Dynasty". He tried to come between Crystal and Blake during their first year together. His character had an axe to grind with Blake for what Blake did to him in the past.


He was a very effective "Peter The Apostle" in the television film "Jesus Of Nazareth".


His personal life seem quite tumultuous.

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