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James Farentino, who appeared in dozens of movies and television shows, died Tuesday in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 73.

A family spokesman told Fox News that Farentino died of heart failure after battling a longtime illness.

A recognizable character actor, Farentino had recurring roles on "Dynasty," "Melrose Place," "The Bold Ones: The Lawyers" and "ER," playing the estranged father of George Clooney's character. He was also nominated for an Emmy in 1978 for his »

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