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John Forsythe (I) (1918–2010)

John Forysthe was born Jacob Lincoln Freund in Penns Grove, New Jersey, the son of Blanche Materson (Blohm) and Samuel Jeremiah Freund, a Wall Street businessman. He chose to pursue acting over the objections of his father. He did some work in radio soaps and on Broadway before signing a movie contract with Warner Bros. His early career was ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Charlie's Angels
Dynasty Blake Carrington
Bachelor Father
Bachelor Father Bentley Gregg
Scrooged Lew Hayward


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 2000 Charlie's Angels
Charlie (voice)
 1999 We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Video)
Mr. Ryan (voice)
 1997 Kings of the Court (Video)
 1996 Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles (TV Series)
Pat Doyle
- Ransom (1996) ... Pat Doyle (voice)
 1996 Adventures from the Book of Virtues (TV Series)
- Responsibility (1996) ... Daedalus (voice)
 1994 Dream of Flight (70mm) (Short)
 1992 I Witness Video (TV Series)
Host (1993-1994)
 1990 Opposites Attract (TV Movie)
Rex Roper
 1987 On Fire (TV Movie)
Joe Leary Sr.
 1982 Mysterious Two (TV Movie)
 1981 Sizzle (TV Movie)
Mike Callahan
 1976-1981 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Charles Townsend
- Let Our Angel Live (1981) ... Charles Townsend (voice, uncredited)
- Mr. Galaxy (1981) ... Charles Townsend (voice, uncredited)
- Angel on a Roll (1981) ... Charles Townsend (voice, uncredited)
- Attack Angels (1981) ... Charles Townsend (voice, uncredited)
- Stuntwomen Angels (1981) ... Charles Townsend (voice, uncredited)
 1980 A Time for Miracles (TV Movie)
 1978 The Users (TV Movie)
Reade Jamieson
 1978 With This Ring (TV Movie)
General Albert Harris
 1978 Goodbye & Amen
The American Ambassador
 1978 Cruise Into Terror (TV Movie)
Reverend Charles Mather
 1977 Never Con a Killer (TV Movie)
E.J. Valerian
 1977 The Feather and Father Gang (TV Series)
E.J. Valerian
- Never Con a Killer (1977) ... E.J. Valerian
 1977 Emily, Emily (TV Movie)
Niles Putnam
 1977 Tail Gunner Joe (TV Movie)
Paul Cunningham
 1976 Amelia Earhart (TV Movie)
G.P. Putnam
 1975 Medical Story (TV Series)
Amos Winkler
- Million Dollar Baby (1975) ... Amos Winkler
 1975 The Deadly Tower (TV Movie)
Lt. Elwood Forbes
 1974 Terror on the 40th Floor (TV Movie)
Daniel 'Dan' Overland
 1974 The Healers (TV Movie)
Dr. Robert Kier
 1974 Police Story (TV Series)
Sam McCullough
- Chief (1974) ... Sam McCullough
 1974 Cry Panic (TV Movie)
David Ryder
 1973 Lisa, Bright and Dark (TV Movie)
William Schilling
 1973 The Letters (TV Movie)
Paul Anderson (The Andersons episode)
 1971 Murder Once Removed (TV Movie)
Dr. Ron Wellesley
 1969 The Happy Ending
Fred Wilson
 1969 Topaz
'Michael Nordstrom' in opening credits / as Michael Nordstrom in closing credits
 1969 Marooned
Olympus / President (uncredited)
 1967 A Bell for Adano (TV Movie)
Maj. Victor Joppola
 1967 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Millionaire's Son
- A New York Stripper Is Not Always a Steak (1967) ... Millionaire's Son
 1967 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Spencer Holt
- A Choice of Evils (1967) ... Spencer Holt
 1963-1966 Insight (TV Series)
- Truth About Time (1966) ... Ray
 1966 Madame X
Clay Anderson
 1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
- In Any Language (1965) ... Charlie
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Maj. William 'Bill' Livingston / Jerry Wilson / John Williams
- The Kamchatka Incident (1964) ... Maj. William 'Bill' Livingston
- The Sweet Taste of Vengeance (1964) ... Jerry Wilson / John Williams
 1964 Kitten with a Whip
 1964 See How They Run (TV Movie)
Martin Young
 1963 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series)
- Go Look at Roses (1963)
 1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Peter Kent
- The Third Side of a Coin (1963) ... Peter Kent
 1963 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Andy Ballard
- Five, Six, Pick Up Sticks (1963) ... Andy Ballard
 1962 Teahouse of the August Moon (TV Movie)
Captain Fisby
 1962 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Michael Barnes
- I Saw the Whole Thing (1962) ... Michael Barnes
 1959 Sunday Showcase (TV Series)
Al Manheim
- What Makes Sammy Run?: Part 2 (1959) ... Al Manheim
- What Makes Sammy Run?: Part 1 (1959) ... Al Manheim
 1959 Lux Playhouse (TV Series)
Colonel Bill Adams
- The Miss and Missiles (1959) ... Colonel Bill Adams
 1959 Dubrowsky
 1951-1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Dr. John Carter / Peter Bronson
- Way of the West (1958) ... Dr. John Carter
- Girl with a Glow (1957) ... Peter Bronson
- World So Wide (1952)
- P.G. (1952)
 1955-1958 Climax! (TV Series)
Frank Colby / Tommy Jordan / Graham Johnson / ...
- Shooting for the Moon (1958) ... Frank Colby
- The Hand of Evil (1957) ... Tommy Jordan
- Journey into Fear (1956) ... Graham Johnson
- Pale Horse, Pale Rider (1956) ... Adam Barclay
- One Night Stand (1955) ... Joe Sullivan
 1957 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
CSA Lt. David Marr
- Decision at Wilson's Creek (1957) ... CSA Lt. David Marr
 1956 Everything But the Truth
Ernie Miller
 1956 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
Lt. John Stahlman
- Stardust II (1956) ... Lt. John Stahlman
 1956 The Ambassador's Daughter
Sgt. Danny Sullivan
 1956 Star Stage (TV Series)
 1956 Playwrights '56 (TV Series)
Joe Neville
- Return to Cassino (1956) ... Joe Neville
 1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Kim Stanger
- Premonition (1955) ... Kim Stanger
 1949-1955 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Pete Maynard / Capt. Sam MacKenzie / Marv Payne / ...
- Operation Home (1955) ... Pete Maynard
- Conflict (1953)
- Hold Back the Night (1952) ... Capt. Sam MacKenzie
- Ten Thousand Horses Singing (1952) ... Marv Payne
 1955 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
George Conway
- Driftwood (1955) ... George Conway
 1954 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Prof. Gilbert Jardine
- King's Pawn (1954) ... Prof. Gilbert Jardine
 1953 Escape from Fort Bravo
Capt. John Marsh
 1953 The Glass Web
Don Newell
 1953 It Happens Every Thursday
Bob MacAvoy
 1951-1952 Danger (TV Series)
- The Fix (1952)
 1951-1952 Suspense (TV Series)
Wiltshire / David
- The Beach of Falesa (1952) ... Wiltshire
- On a Country Road (1951) ... David
 1952 Curtain Call (TV Series)
 1952 The Captive City
Jim Austin
 1951-1952 Lights Out (TV Series)
Bill Holloway / Waldo Bryan / Al March
- The Upstairs Floor (1952) ... Bill Holloway
- The Angry Birds (1951) ... Waldo Bryan
- The Pattern (1951) ... Al March
 1951 Cosmopolitan Theatre (TV Series)
- Time to Kill (1951)
 1951 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
Peter Flint
- The Golden Mouth (1951) ... Peter Flint
 1949 Arson, Inc.
Race Track Aannouncer (voice, uncredited)
 1949 NBC Presents (TV Series)
- Just for Tonight (1949)
 1948 Actor's Studio (TV Series)
 1948 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Biography (1948)
 1948 Stage Door (TV Movie)
Keith Burgess
 1943 Destination Tokyo
 1943 Northern Pursuit
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[In 1984, about his deciding to become an actor] I was 22 years old at the time and had done some announcing for the Dodgers, but no real acting. Yet it interested me. I said to my father, "Acting really is very appealing, you know." There was a long silence, which seemed endless, though it was probably only ten minutes or less; and then he looked at me and said, "I'm worried about your sister. ... See more »


His character on Bachelor Father (1957), was based on two well-known Beverly Hills bachelors at the time. Forsythe combined their names and used it for his own in the program. See more »


Rich mellifluous voice with Brooklyn accent. See more »

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