Noted film, stage and television actor, John Forsythe passed away on April 3, 2010, the result of complications from pneumonia. He is best remembered as the star of the television series, Bachelor Father, which ran from 1957-1962, and for his role as Blake Carrington on the 80s series, Dynasty. His off-camera voice was also heard weekly on Charlie’s Angels in the 70s, as the crime fighting trio’s wealthy boss, Charles Townshend (or simply “Charlie”). Forsythe was 92.
He began his career in Hollywood in 1939, taking on small roles in films such as Destination Tokyo and Winged Victory. Then, in 1947, Forsythe became one the first actors to study at the prestigious Actor’s Studio, founded by Lee Strasburg, while appearing in Broadway in Mr. Roberts and The Teahouse of the August Moon.
But it was his move to television in the 50s that endeared him to a larger audience. His role in Bachelor Dad made him one of the first single parents to appear on TV, a trend that would be repeated numerous times in the years that followed. For his efforts, he received several Emmy nominations. Let’s take a look:
And now, let’s look at his portrayal of the ruthless Blake Carrington on Dynasty:
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