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James Farentino, the veteran tube star perhaps best known for a recurring role on TV's Dynasty and playing George Clooney's estranged dad on ER, has died. He was 73. A family spokesman told the Los Angeles Times that Farentino passed away Tuesday at L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a long illness. Farentino shot to fame at the tail end of the studio system in the 1960s as a contract player for Universal Pictures. After winning a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer for his performance in the 1967 comedy The Pad and How to Use It , the thesp earned a number of parts in such TV series as The Fugitive, The Bold Ones: The Lawyers, Rod Serling's Night Gallery, and Police »

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