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David Janssen (I) (1931–1980)

David Janssen was born (in Nebraska in 1931) to be a TV star. The Janssen family settled in Hollywood when he was a teenager and he attended Fairfax High School, where he developed an interest in acting. His film debut was a bit part in It's a Pleasure (1945), and at the age of 18 signed a contract with 20th Century-Fox. However, the studio ... See full bio »

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 1981 Inchon
David Feld
 1980 City in Fear (TV Movie)
Vince Perrino
 1980 High Ice (TV Movie)
Glencoe MacDonald
 1979 The Golden Gate Murders (TV Movie)
Det. Sgt. Paul Silver
 1979 S.O.S. Titanic (TV Movie)
John Jacob Astor
 1978-1979 Centennial (TV Mini-Series)
Paul Garrett / Narrator
- The Scream of Eagles (1979) ... Paul Garrett / Narrator
- The Winds of Death (1979) ... Paul Garrett / Narrator
- The Winds of Fortune (1979) ... Paul Garrett / Narrator
- The Crime (1979) ... Paul Garrett / Narrator
- The Storm (1979) ... Paul Garrett / Narrator
 1979 Biography (TV Series)
- Walt Disney (1979) ... Host
- Idi Amin (1979) ... Host
 1978 The Word (TV Mini-Series)
Steve Randall
 1978 Covert Action
Lester Horton
 1978 Nowhere to Run (TV Movie)
Harry Adams
 1978 Superdome (TV Movie)
Mike Shelley
 1977 Golden Rendezvous
Charles Conway
 1977 Police Story (TV Series)
Sgt. Joe Wilson
- Trigger Point (1977) ... Sgt. Joe Wilson
 1977 A Sensitive, Passionate Man (TV Movie)
Michael Delaney
 1977 Warhead
Tony Stevens
 1976 Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (TV Movie)
Captain Pete Douglass
 1976 Two-Minute Warning
 1976 Stalk the Wild Child (TV Movie)
Dr. James Hazard
 1976 The Swiss Conspiracy
David Christopher
 1975 Once Is Not Enough
Tom Colt
 1974 Fer-de-Lance (TV Movie)
Russ Bogan
 1974 Little Boy Lost (Short)
Eddie Loman
 1973 Pioneer Woman (TV Movie)
Robert Douglas
 1973 Hijack! (TV Movie)
Jake Wilkenson
 1973 Cannon (TV Series)
Ian Kirk
- He Who Digs a Grave (1973) ... Ian Kirk
 1973 Birds of Prey (TV Movie)
Harry Walker
 1972 Moon of the Wolf (TV Movie)
Sheriff Aaron Whitaker
 1972 The Longest Night (TV Movie)
Alan Chambers
 1970 Night Chase (TV Movie)
Adrian Vico
 1970 The Tim Conway Comedy Hour (TV Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1970)
 1970 Macho Callahan
Diego Callahan
 1969 Generation
Jim Bolton
 1969 Marooned
Ted Dougherty
 1969 Where It's At
 1963-1967 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Dr. Richard Kimble / Thomas Barrett / Steve Carver / ...
- The Judgment: Part I (1967) ... Dr. Richard Kimble / Frank Davis
- The Shattered Silence (1967) ... Dr. Richard Kimble / Ben Lewis
- The Walls of Night (1967) ... Dr. Richard Kimble / Stan Dyson
- Dossier on a Diplomat (1967) ... Dr. Richard Kimble / Charlie Farrell
 1967 Warning Shot
Sgt. Tom Valens
 1963 My Six Loves
Marty Bliss
 1961-1963 Naked City (TV Series)
Carl Ashland / Blair Cameron
- A Wednesday Night Story (1961) ... Blair Cameron
 1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Kenneth 'Ken' Morgan
- Thunder in a Forgotten Town (1963) ... Kenneth 'Ken' Morgan
 1963 The Fugitive (TV Movie)
Dr. Richard Kimble / James Lincoln
 1962 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Hal Kincaid
- Make Me a Place (1962) ... Hal Kincaid
 1962 Route 66 (TV Series)
- One Tiger to a Hill (1962) ... Karno
 1962 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series)
 1962 Belle Sommers (TV Movie)
Danny Castle
 1962 Cain's Hundred (TV Series)
Dan Mullin
- Inside Track (1962) ... Dan Mullin
 1962 Checkmate (TV Series)
Len Kobalsky
- Ride a Wild Horse (1962) ... Len Kobalsky
 1962 Follow the Sun (TV Series)
Johnny Sadowsky
- A Ghost in Her Gazebo (1962) ... Johnny Sadowsky
- A Choice of Weapons (1962) ... Johnny Sadowsky
 1962 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Pat Howard
- Shadow of a Hero (1962) ... Pat Howard
 1962 Target: The Corruptors (TV Series)
Robbie Wilson
- The Middle Man (1962) ... Robbie Wilson
 1962 Thriller (TV Series)
- The Storm (1962) ... Man (uncredited)
 1961 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Scotty Bell
- Show Me a Hero (1961) ... Scotty Bell
 1961 Man-Trap
Vince Biskay
 1961 Twenty Plus Two
Tom Alder
 1961 Ring of Fire
Sergeant Steve Walsh
 1961 Dondi
 1961 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Dr. Bill Breckenridge
- Deadline at Austin (1961) ... Dr. Bill Breckenridge
 1960 Hell to Eternity
Sgt. Bill Hazen
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Ross Ingraham
- Two Counts of Murder (1959) ... Ross Ingraham
 1957-1959 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Dix Porter / Seth Larker / Tod Owen / ...
- Hang the Heart High (1959) ... Dix Porter
- Trail to Nowhere (1958) ... Seth Larker
- Trial by Fear (1958) ... Tod Owen
- There Were Four (1957) ... Danny Ensign
 1957-1958 The Millionaire (TV Series)
David Barrett / Peter Miller
- The David Barrett Story (1958) ... David Barrett
- The Regina Wainwright Story (1957) ... Peter Miller
 1957-1958 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Jim McCandless / Mike Harper
- Decoy Duck (1958) ... Jim McCandless
- Cupid Wore a Badge (1957) ... Mike Harper
 1958 Lafayette Escadrille
Duke Sinclair
 1957 Conflict (TV Series)
Sid Lukes
- The Money (1957) ... Sid Lukes
 1956 The Girl He Left Behind
Capt. Genaro
 1956 Showdown at Abilene
Verne Ward
 1956 Mr. Black Magic (Short)
Master of Ceremonies
 1956 The Sheriff of Cochise (TV Series)
Arnie Hix
- The Turkey Farmers (1956) ... Arnie Hix
 1956 Away All Boats
Talker (uncredited)
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
Paul Merrick
- Belong to Me (1956) ... Paul Merrick
 1956 Francis in the Haunted House
Police Lieutenant Hopkins
 1956 The Toy Tiger
Larry Tripps
 1955-1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Johnny Reynolds Jr. / Joe Davies / Ralph
- It Started with Eve (1956) ... Johnny Reynolds Jr.
- Perilous Deception (1955) ... Joe Davies
- It Grows on Trees (1955) ... Ralph
 1956 Never Say Goodbye
Dave Heller
 1955 The Square Jungle
Jack Lindsay
 1955 The Nat 'King' Cole Musical Story (Short)
Narrator (uncredited)
 1955 All That Heaven Allows
Freddie Norton (uncredited)
 1955 To Hell and Back
Lieutenant Lee
 1955 Francis in the Navy
Lt. Anders
 1955 The Private War of Major Benson
Young Lieutenant
 1955 Cult of the Cobra
Rico Nardi
 1955 Chief Crazy Horse
Lt. Colin Cartwright
 1954 Leave It to Harry (Short)
Quiz Show Host
 1952 Back at the Front
Soldier (uncredited)
 1952 Yankee Buccaneer
 1952 Bonzo Goes to College
Jack (uncredited)
 1952 Untamed Frontier
Lottie's Dance Partner (uncredited)
 1952 Francis Goes to West Point
Cpl. Thomas (as Dave Janssen)
 1952 No Room for the Groom
Soldier (scenes deleted)
 1951 Boston Blackie (TV Series)
Armored Car Driver
- Cop Killer (1951) ... Armored Car Driver (uncredited)
 1946 Swamp Fire
Emile's Eldest Son (uncredited)
 1945 It's a Pleasure
Davey / boy referee (uncredited)
  Crusade of Youth (Short)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (2 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (34 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (7 credits)

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Other Works:

1960s: Public service announcement, National Society for the Prevention of Blindness. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 5 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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[on his divorce from his first wife Ellie]: After 11 years of marriage I dived into what I considered a newfound freedom. I was working hard and playing hard. Flying my own plane to parties all over the country and down to Mexico, having what I thought was a great time. I participated in life on what might be considered the grand scale, before I decided I had one hangover too many, one party too ... See more »


As a contract player at Universal-International in the 1950s, he attended Universal's acting classes with a fellow Universal contractee, Clint Eastwood. The two became friends, and Eastwood is still friends with Janssen's widow, Dani. See more »


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