John Forsythe Biography (1918-)

Original name, John Lincoln Freund; born January 29, 1918, in Penn's Grove, NJ; son of Samuel Jeremiah (a stockbroker) and Blanche Materson (maiden name,Blohm) Freund; married Parker (some sources cite Paula) McCormick, 1938 (divorced, 1940); married Julie Warren (an actress), 1943 (died August 15, 1994);children: (first marriage) Dall; (second marriage) Page, Brooke.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor
Birth Details
January 29, 1918
Penn's Grove, New Jersey, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • Captain, Dick Whittington and His Cat, Clare Tree Major's Children's Theatre, Chappaqua, NY, 1939
  • Coast guardsman, Yankee Point, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1942
  • Private Cootes, Vickie, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1942
  • Member of the ensemble, Winged Victory (revue), 44th Street Theatre, New York City, 1943
  • Yellowjack, 44th Street Theatre, 1945
  • Woman Bites Dog, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1946
  • Bill Renault, It Takes Two, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1947
  • Chris Keller, All My Sons, Coronet Theatre, New York City, 1947
  • Title role, Mister Roberts, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1950
  • Captain Fisby, The Teahouse of the August Moon, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1953
  • Detective James "Jim" McLeod, Detective Story, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, 1955
  • Senator MacGruder, Weekend, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1968
  • Lieutenant Greenwald, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1971
  • The Night of 100 Stars II (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), Theatre at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1985
  • Cardinal King, Sacrilege, Belasco Theatre, 1995
  • Major Tours
  • Title role, Mister Roberts, U.S. cities, 1949-1950
  • The Secretary Bird, 1972
  • Stage Work
  • Director, Mister Roberts, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1956
  • Film Appearances
  • Soldier, Northern Pursuit, Warner Bros., 1943
  • Sparks, Destination Tokyo, Warner Bros., 1944
  • Jim Austin, Captive City, United Artists, 1952
  • Bob MacAvoy, It Happens Every Thursday, Universal, 1953
  • Captain John Marsh, Escape from Fort Bravo, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1953
  • Don Newell, The Glass Web, Universal, 1953
  • Sam Marlowe, The Trouble with Harry, Paramount, 1955
  • Danny, The Ambassador's Daughter, United Artists, 1956
  • Ernie Miller, Everything but the Truth, Universal, 1956
  • Wladia, Il vendicatore (also known as Der Rebell von Mexiko, Der Rebell von Samara, and Dubrowsky), 1959
  • David Patton (some sources cite David Stratton), Kitten with a Whip, Universal, 1964
  • Clay Anderson, Madame X, Universal, 1966
  • Alvin Dewey, In Cold Blood, Columbia, 1967
  • Fred Wilson, The Happy Ending, United Artists, 1969
  • Michael Nordstrom, Topaz, Universal, 1969
  • American ambassador, Goodbye e amen (also known as Goodbye andAmen), 1977
  • Judge Fleming, ... And Justice for All, Columbia, 1979
  • Lew Hayward, Scrooged, Paramount, 1988
  • Father, Stan and George's New Life, 1991
  • Newspaper man, Hotel de Love, 1996 LIVE Entertainment, 1997
  • Kings of the Court, Tennis Classics, 1997
  • Voice of Mr. Ryan, We Wish You a Merry Christmas (animated), 1999
  • Voice of Charles "Charlie" Townsend, Charlie's Angels (also knownas 3 Engel fuer Charlie), Columbia, 2000
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Bentley Gregg, Bachelor Father, CBS, 1957-1958 then NBC, 1958-1961later ABC, 1961-1962
  • Major John Foster, The John Forsythe Show, NBC, 1965-1966
  • Michael Endicott, To Rome with Love, CBS, 1969-1971
  • Host and narrator, The World of Survival (also known as John Forsythe's World of Survival), syndicated, 1971-1984
  • Voice of Charlie Townsend, Charlie's Angels, ABC, 1976-1981
  • Blake Carrington, Dynasty, ABC, 1981-1989
  • Senator William Powers, The Powers That Be (also known as LoveChild), NBC, 1992-1993
  • Host, I Witness Video, NBC, 1993-1994
  • Narrator, People's Century, PBS, 1998
  • Miniseries
  • Blake Carrington, Dynasty: The Reunion (also known as Dynasty:The Miniseries), ABC, 1991
  • Movies
  • Martin Young, See How They Run, NBC, 1964
  • General Wendell Bruce, Shadow on the Land, ABC, 1968
  • Dr. Ron Wellesley, Murder Once Removed (also known as The Obsessive Doctor), CBS, 1971
  • Daniel "Dan" Overland, Terror on the 40th Floor (also known as The Blazing Tower), NBC, 1974
  • Dennis Ryder, Cry Panic, ABC, 1974
  • Lieutenant Elwood Forbes, The Deadly Tower (also known as Sniper), NBC, 1975
  • G. P. Putnam, Amelia Earhart, NBC, 1976
  • Paul Cunningham, Tail Gunner Joe, NBC, 1977
  • General Albert Harris, With This Ring, ABC, 1978
  • Reade Jamieson, The Users, ABC, 1978
  • Reverend Charles Mather, Cruise into Terror, ABC, 1978
  • Postulator, A Time for Miracles, ABC, 1980
  • Mike Callahan, Sizzle, ABC, 1981
  • Joe Leary, On Fire, ABC, 1987
  • Rex Roper, Opposites Attract (also known as Running Mates),NBC, 1990
  • Specials
  • Keith Burgess, Stage Door, NBC, 1948
  • Captain Fisby, "The Teahouse of the August Moon," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1962
  • Host, The Light Fantastic, or How to Tell Your Past, Present, and Maybe Your Future through Social Dancing, ABC, 1967
  • Victor Joppolo, "A Bell for Adano," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1967
  • William Schilling, "Lisa, Bright and Dark," Hallmark Hall of Fame,NBC, 1973
  • Host, Circus of the Stars, CBS, 1977
  • Niles Putnam, "Emily, Emily," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1977
  • ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration--Twenty-Five and Still the One, ABC, 1978
  • Host, George Burns Celebrates 80 Years in Show Business, NBC, 1983
  • Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Merry Christmas Show, NBC, 1983
  • Dom DeLuise and Friends, ABC, 1983
  • The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast, NBC, 1984
  • Host, Disneyland's 30th Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1985
  • The ABC All-Star Spectacular, ABC, 1985
  • The Night of 100 Stars II (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), ABC, 1985
  • Host, Christmas in Washington, NBC, 1986
  • Host, Tears of Joy, Tears of Sorrow, ABC, 1986
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Billy Wilder, NBC, 1986
  • Kraft Salutes George Burns' 90th Birthday Special, CBS, 1986
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Barbara Stanwyck, ABC, 1987
  • America's Tribute to Bob Hope, NBC, 1988
  • Happy Birthday, Bob--50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC, NBC,1988
  • Host, "Disney/MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening," The Magical Worldof Disney, NBC, 1989
  • Host, The 1989 Miss Universe Pageant, CBS, 1989
  • Ooh-La-La--It's Bob Hope's Fun Birthday Spectacular from Paris' Bicentennial (also known as Bob Hope's 86th Birthday), NBC, 1989
  • The 75th Anniversary of Beverly Hills (also known as Beverly Hills 75th Diamond Jubilee), ABC, 1989
  • Host, A Festival at Ford's Theatre: The Stars Salute the President, TBS, 1990
  • Host, The Portrait of Great Britain, TBS, 1990
  • Judge, The 1990 Miss America Pageant, NBC, 1990
  • Bob Hope Lampoons Show Business, NBC, 1990
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic, CBS, 1990
  • Sea World Star-Spangled Summer, ABC, 1991
  • Welcome Home, America! A USO Salute to America's Sons and Daughters, ABC, 1991
  • Host, Celebrations, 1992
  • In a New Light, ABC, 1992
  • Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years, NBC, 1993
  • The Rich and Famous 1993 World's Best, syndicated, 1993
  • A Sea World/Busch Gardens Summer Celebration, CBS, 1993
  • Segment host, ABC's 40th Anniversary Special, ABC, 1994
  • Bob Hope's Birthday Memories, NBC, 1994
  • Awards Presentations
  • Host, People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1985
  • The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards, 1985
  • The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards, 1987
  • The Sixth Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards, NBC, 1990
  • The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards, 1992
  • The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1992
  • Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards, 1992
  • The 6th Annual American Comedy Awards, 1992
  • Episodic
  • "Biography," Kraft Television Theater, NBC, 1948
  • "Stage Door," Theater Guild Television Playhouse, NBC, 1948
  • "The Widow of Wasdale Head," Actor's Studio, CBS, 1948
  • "Wuthering Heights," Kraft Television Theater, NBC, 1948
  • "Just for Tonight," NBC Presents, NBC, 1949
  • "The Outward Room," Studio One, CBS, 1949
  • Magnavox Theater, CBS, 1950
  • "Blood on the Trumpet," Suspense, CBS, 1951
  • "A Clear Case of Suicide," Danger, CBS, 1951
  • "Dark Victory," Robert Montgomery Presents, NBC, 1951
  • "Girl in a Million," Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, CBS, 1951
  • "In a Military Manner," Starlight Theater, CBS, 1951
  • "None but My Foe," Studio One, CBS, 1951
  • "On a Country Road," Suspense, CBS, 1951
  • "The Pattern," Lights Out, NBC, 1951
  • "Stranger for a Killer," Suspense, CBS, 1951
  • "Three Hours between Planes," Starlight Theater, CBS, 1951
  • Cosmopolitan Theater, DuMont, 1951
  • "The American Leonardo," Pulitzer Prize Playhouse, ABC, 1952
  • "The Beach of Falsea," Suspense, CBS, 1952
  • "The Fix," Danger, CBS, 1952
  • "Hold Back the Night," Lights Out, NBC, 1952
  • "I Am Jonathan Scrivener," Studio One, CBS, 1952
  • "The Monument," Philco Television Playhouse, NBC, 1952
  • "Pagoda," Studio One, CBS, 1952
  • "P. G.," Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, CBS, 1952
  • "Ten Thousand Horses Singing," Studio One, CBS, 1952
  • "The Town," Pulitzer Prize Playhouse, ABC, 1952
  • "The Winter of the Dog," Philco Television Playhouse, NBC, 1952
  • "World So Wide," Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, CBS, 1952
  • Curtain Call Theater, NBC, 1952
  • "Conflict," Studio One, CBS, 1953
  • "King's Pawn," The United States Steel Hour, ABC, 1954
  • Kim Stanger, "Premonition," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, CBS, 1955
  • "Driftwood," Elgin Hour, ABC, 1955
  • "One Night Stand," Climax!, CBS, 1955
  • "Operation Home," Studio One, CBS, 1955
  • "Journey into Fear," Climax!, CBS, 1956
  • "Pale Horse, Pale Rider," Climax!, CBS, 1956
  • "A Place to Be Alone," Star Stage, NBC, 1956
  • "Return to Cassino," Playwrights '56, NBC, 1956
  • "Stardust II," Goodyear Playhouse, NBC, 1956
  • Peter Bronson, "The Girl with a Glow," Schlitz Playhouse of Stars(some sources cite as an episode of Alcoa Premiere), CBS, 1957
  • "Decision at Wilson's Creek," Zane Grey Theater (also known as Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater), CBS, 1957
  • "Hand of Evil," Climax!, CBS, 1957
  • "The John Forsythe, Mary Costa Show," The Jack Benny Program, CBS,1957
  • "Shooting for the Moon," Climax!, CBS, 1958
  • "What Makes Sammy Run," Sunday Showcase, NBC, 1959
  • Lux Playhouse, CBS, 1959
  • Michael Barnes, "I Saw the Whole Thing," Alfred Hitchcock Hour, CBS, 1962
  • "Go Look at Roses," Kraft Mystery Theater, NBC, 1963
  • "The Third Side of the Coin," Dick Powell Show, NBC, 1963
  • "The Sweet Taste of Vengeance," Kraft Suspense Theater, NBC, 1964
  • "In Any Language," Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater, NBC, 1965
  • "A Choice of Evils," Run for Your Life, NBC, 1967
  • "When Good Friends Get Together," It Takes a Thief, ABC, 1968
  • "Murder by the Book," Columbo, NBC, 1971
  • "Chief," Police Story, NBC, 1974
  • "Million Dollar Baby," Medical Story, NBC, 1975
  • "Death Tong," Switch, CBS, 1978
  • "The Pledge," The Love Boat, ABC, 1983
  • Blake Carrington, "Family Album," Dynasty II: The Colbys, ABC, 1985
  • Blake Carrington, "The Reunion," Dynasty II: The Colbys, ABC, 1985
  • Himself, A Conversation with Dinah (interview), TNN, 1989
  • Voice of Pat Doyle, "Ransom," Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles (animated), ABC, 1996
  • Narrator, Intimate Portrait: Jaclyn Smith, Lifetime, 1998
  • Intimate Portrait: Linda Evans, Lifetime, 2000
  • Also appeared in Ford Theater Hour (also known as The Ford Television Theater and Ford Theater), NBC.
  • Pilots
  • Bentley Gregg, "New Girl in His Life," The General Electric Theater (pilot for Bachelor Father), CBS, 1957
  • Dr. John Carter, "Way of the West," Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (pilot for Belle Starr), CBS, 1958
  • Andy Ballard, Five, Six, Pick Up Sticks (broadcast as an episode of Alcoa Premiere), NBC, 1963
  • Bill Adams, The Miss and the Missiles, CBS, 1964
  • Paul Anderson, The Letters, ABC, 1973
  • Dr. Robert Kier, The Healers, NBC, 1974
  • Voice of Charlie Townsend, Charlie's Angels, ABC, 1976
  • E. J. Valerian, The Feather and Father Gang: Never Con a Killer (also known as Never Con a Killer), ABC, 1977
  • Charlie, Toni's Boys (broadcast as an episode of Charlie's Angels), ABC, 1980
  • He, The Mysterious Two, NBC, 1982
  • Television Work
  • Executive Producer; Movies
  • On Fire, ABC, 1987

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • Saturday Evening Post, January/February, 1984, p. 52
    • TV Guide, December 5, 1992, p. 28

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