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James Farentino (1938–2012)

James Farentino was born on February 24, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as James Ferrantino. He was an actor, known for Dead & Buried (1981), Bulletproof (1996) and The Final Countdown (1980). He was married to Stella Farentino, Debrah Farentino, Michele Lee and Elizabeth Ashley. He died on January 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

Dead & Buried
Dead & Buried Sheriff Dan Gillis
Bulletproof Capt. Jensen
The Final Countdown
The Final Countdown Cdr. Richard Owens / Mr.Tideman
Her Alibi
Her Alibi Frank Polito


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 2006 Drive/II (TV Movie)
 2001 Women of the Night
 2001 The Apostle Paul: The Man Who Turned the World Upside Down (TV Movie)
Additional Narrator (voice)
 2000 The Last Producer
Poker Player
 2000 Murder in the Mirror (TV Movie)
Detective Frank Russo
 1998 Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story (TV Movie)
Bernard Geis
 1998 Melrose Place (TV Series)
Mr. Beck
- The World According to Matt (1998) ... Mr. Beck
- Buona Sera, Mr. Campbell: Part 1 (1998) ... Mr. Beck
- As Bad as It Gets (1998) ... Mr. Beck
- Ball n' Jane (1998) ... Mr. Beck
 1998 Termination Man
 1996 ER (TV Series)
Ray Ross
- The Healers (1996) ... Ray Ross
- Baby Shower (1996) ... Ray Ross
- The Right Thing (1996) ... Ray Ross
 1996 Outlaws and Lawmen (TV Mini-Series)
 1995 Dazzle (TV Movie)
Jimmy Rosemont
 1994 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (TV Series)
 1994 Deep Down
 1994 One Woman's Courage (TV Movie)
Lieutenant Bill Lawson
 1992 When No One Would Listen (TV Movie)
Gary Cochran
 1992 Miles from Nowhere (TV Movie)
John Reilly
 1990 In the Line of Duty: A Cop for the Killing (TV Movie)
Lieutenant Ray Wiltern
 1990 Common Ground (TV Movie)
Mayor Kevin White
 1989 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
Mickey Dunne
- American Nuclear (1989) ... Mickey Dunne
 1989 Naked Lie (TV Movie)
Jonathan Morris
 1989 Her Alibi
Frank Polito
 1988 Who Gets the Friends? (TV Movie)
Dr. Buddy Baron
 1988 The Red Spider (TV Movie)
Lieutenant Daniel Malone
 1988 Secret of the Sahara (TV Mini-Series)
Caliph of Timbuktu
- Episode #1.4 (1988) ... Caliph of Timbuktu
- Episode #1.3 (1988) ... Caliph of Timbuktu
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Caliph of Timbuktu (credit only)
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Caliph of Timbuktu
 1987 Family Sins (TV Movie)
Gordon Williams
 1986 That Secret Sunday (TV Movie)
Gerald Remson
 1986 Sins (TV Mini-Series)
David Westfield
 1985 Picking Up the Pieces (TV Movie)
Don Hagan
 1985 The Fourth Wise Man (TV Movie)
Jesus (voice)
 1985 A Summer to Remember (TV Movie)
Tom Wyler
 1984 License to Kill (TV Movie)
John Peterson
 1983 The Cradle Will Fall (TV Movie)
Dr. Edgar Highley
 1982 Something So Right (TV Movie)
Arnie Potts
 1981 Dead & Buried
Sheriff Dan Gillis
 1981 Evita Peron (TV Movie)
Juan Peron
 1965-1981 Insight (TV Series)
He - Businessman / Martin / Dr. Loki / ...
- Rendezvous (1981) ... He - Businessman
- God's Guerillas (1981) ... Martin
- Resurrection (1980) ... Dr. Loki
- Plus Time Served (1979) ... Elliott Cummings
- The Right-Handed World (1965) ... Dennis
 1980 The Final Countdown
Cdr. Richard Owens / Mr.Tideman
 1979 Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love (TV Movie)
Barry Kaufman
 1979 Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story (TV Movie)
Duffy Hambleton
 1978 No Margin for Error (TV Movie)
 1973-1978 Police Story (TV Series)
Charlie Czonka / John Anderson / Sgt. K.K. 'King' Sherman
- No Margin for Error (1978) ... John Anderson
- Incident in the Kill Zone (1975) ... Sgt. K.K. 'King' Sherman
 1977 The Possessed (TV Movie)
Kevin Leahy
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series)
Simon Peter
- Part 2 (1977) ... Simon Peter
- Part 1 (1977) ... Simon Peter
 1977 Emily, Emily (TV Movie)
Joe Crane
 1975 Crossfire (TV Movie)
Vince Rossi
 1974 The Elevator (TV Movie)
Eddie Holcomb
 1973 Love Story (TV Series)
David Coryell
- The Soft, Kind Brush (1973) ... David Coryell
 1971-1972 Night Gallery (TV Series)
David Faulkner / Craig Lowell (segment "Since Aunt Ada Came to Stay")
- The Girl with the Hungry Eyes (1972) ... David Faulkner
- Since Aunt Ada Came to Stay/With Apologies to Mr. Hyde/The Flip-Side of Satan (1971) ... Craig Lowell (segment "Since Aunt Ada Came to Stay")
 1972 The Family Rico (TV Movie)
Gino Rico
 1972 The Longest Night (TV Movie)
John Danbury
 1969-1972 The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (TV Series)
Neil Darrell
- Lisa, I Hardly Knew You (1972) ... Neil Darrell
- The Long Morning After: Part 2 (1972) ... Neil Darrell
- The Long Morning After: Part 1 (1972) ... Neil Darrell
- Justice Is a Sometime Thing (1971) ... Neil Darrell
- By Reason of Insanity (1971) ... Neil Darrell
 1971 Birdbath (TV Short)
Frankie Basta
 1971 U.S.A. (TV Movie)
 1971 Vanished (TV Movie)
Gene Culligan
 1971 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Bob (segment "Love and the Neighbor")
 1970 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Clyde Arrowthorn
- Brave on a Mountain Top (1970) ... Clyde Arrowthorn
 1966-1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Pick Lexington / Frank Colby
- The Best Man (1970) ... Pick Lexington
- The Wolves Up Front, the Jackals Behind (1966) ... Frank Colby
 1970 Story of a Woman
Bruno Cardini
 1968 The Sound of Anger (TV Movie)
Neil Darrell
 1968 Ironside (TV Series)
Tommy Cusack
- Something for Nothing (1968) ... Tommy Cusack
 1967 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Frank Frazier
- Cry Hard, Cry Fast: Part 2 (1967) ... Frank Frazier
- Cry Hard, Cry Fast: Part 1 (1967) ... Frank Frazier
 1967 Rosie!
David Wheelright
 1967 Banning
Chris Patton
 1967 Ride to Hangman's Tree
Matt Stone
 1967 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Rafe Carter
- Passage to Helena (1967) ... Rafe Carter
 1967 Wings of Fire (TV Movie)
Taff Malloy
 1967 The Road West (TV Series)
Emmett Bethel
- Reap the Whirlwind (1967) ... Emmett Bethel
 1966 Death of a Salesman (TV Movie)
Happy Loman
 1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Michael Simpson
- The Sister and the Savage (1966) ... Dr. Michael Simpson
 1965 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Frankie Metro
- All the Streets Are Silent (1965) ... Frankie Metro
 1965 The War Lord
 1965 Laredo (TV Series)
Paco Vargas
- I See by Your Outfit (1965) ... Paco Vargas
 1965 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Lloyd Marsh
 1965 12 O'Clock High (TV Series)
- P.O.W.: Part Two (1965) ... Moxey
- P.O.W.: Part One (1965) ... Moxey
 1962-1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Leo Manfred / Bernie
- Death Scene (1965) ... Leo Manfred
- The Black Curtain (1962) ... Bernie
 1964 The Reporter (TV Series)
- Super-Star (1964) ... Larry
 1964 Route 66 (TV Series)
Perry Baker
- Cries of Persons Close to One (1964) ... Perry Baker
 1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Joe Fiore
- Bonus Baby (1963) ... Joe Fiore
 1963 Violent Midnight
Charlie Perone
 1963 The Defenders (TV Series)
Carlo Rimini
- The Last Illusion (1963) ... Carlo Rimini
 1962 Naked City (TV Series)
Ben Calageras
- Let Me Die Before I Wake (1962) ... Ben Calageras
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Stage: Appeared in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", at the Arlington Park Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, with Jack Wallace in the cast. Directed by Harvey Medlinsky. NOTE: Won the Joseph Jefferson Award as Best Guest Artist. See more »

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Personal Quote:

There are people in this business that for years said, "He's an alcoholic. He's a drunk. He stalked Tina [Tina Sinatra]". And the clamps were put on me in many ways. Unless you're making big box office, they're going to kill you. And that's OK because one thing they can't take away from me is whatever talent I feel I have, that people feel I have. See more »


He was awarded the 1973 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Guest Artist for his performance in the play, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", at the Arlington Park Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. See more »



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