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MacArthur was born in 1937 and was adopted by renowned actress Helen Hayes and scribe Charles MacArthur, best known for writing plays like The Front Page and Twentieth Century. James was raised alongside their biological daughter, Mary, until her premature death from polio in 1949 at the age of 19. Some who knew Charles MacArthur believed that event helped bring on his own death in 1956, at the age of 60.
James MacArthur got his start in the theatre with his sister in a Maryland production of The Corn Is Green. He trained in summer stock and also worked backstage, sometimes connected with productions starring his mother. At the age of 18, while still in high school, »
28 October 2010 2:04 PM, PDT | IMDb News
As youthful Detective Danny "Danno" Williams, MacArthur became as recognizable as Jack Lord, who played the team's leader Steve McGarrett. However, it was Lord who uttered what would become the series' signature catchphrase: "Book 'em, Danno." The original "Hawaii Five-O" aired from 1968 until 1980; CBS recently premiered a modern reboot of the crime drama with Scott Caan playing Danny Williams. MacArthur, the last living member from the original series main cast, had agreed to appear in an upcoming episode, according to a statement on his personal website.
Born James Gordon MacArthur on December 8, 1937, in Los Angeles, California, MacArthur is the adopted son of playwright Charles MacArthur and his wife Helen Hayes, who was considered to be the First Lady of the American stage. He grew up in Nyack, New York, with his parents' biological daughter Mary, and was educated at Allen Stevenson School in New York, and later at Solebury School in New Hope, Pennsylvania. MacArthur would later attend Harvard but, after working in several Walt Disney films over his summer breaks, left to pursue an acting career full-time.
MacArthur also won acclaim onstage, making his Broadway debut in 1960 playing opposite Jane Fonda in "Invitation to a March." But his clean-cut looks and athletic build won him roles in the late 1950s and 60s in several Disney films, including The Light in the Forest, Third Man on the Mountain, and the classics Kidnapped and Swiss Family Robinson. He also played a pivotal role in the 1965 film classic Battle of the Bulge. During that period MacArthur also guest starred on a number of television series including "Gunsmoke," "Bonanza," "Wagon Train," "The Untouchables" and "12 O'Clock High." He even co-starred with Hayes in a 1968 episode of "Tarzan."
Reportedly it was his appearance in the legendary Clint Eastwood Western Hang 'Em High that would eventually lead to MacArthur winning the role on "Hawaii Five-O."
After "Hawaii Five-O" came to an end, MacArthur returned to the stage, making guest appearances on series such as "Fantasy Island," "The Love Boat," "Vega$,"and "Murder, She Wrote." He also reprised the role of Dan Williams in a 1997 attempt to resurrect "Hawaii Five-O" but the pilot, in which Williams had been made Hawaii's Governor, was never picked up. His final small-screen appearance was in the 1998 TV movie "Storm Chasers: Revenge of the Twister."
According to a family statement reported by People.com, MacArthur spent his time off-camera enjoying sports and played flamenco guitar. He was formerly married to actress Joyce Bulifant from 1958 to 1967, and to actress Melody Patterson from 1970 to 1975. Both unions ended in divorce.
MacArthur is survived by his wife, Helen Beth Duntz, four children and seven grandchildren. »
- Melanie McFarland
Beloved Hawaii Five-O actor James MacArthur, has died at the age of 72. MacArthur passed away on Thursday, a family representative tells People.com. Details surrounding the cause of death were not made available as WENN went to press.
The actor seemed destined for a career on the stage and screen, as the adopted son of actress Helen Hayes and her husband, American playwright Charles MacArthur, and he made his big screen debut in 1957 drama The Young Stranger.
MacArthur went on to appear in Walt Disney films Third Man on the Mountain, Kidnapped and Swiss Family Robinson, and in 1961 he made his Broadway debuted opposite a little-known Jane Fonda in Invitation to a March.
The stage performance won him the Theatre World Award for Best New Actor.
But he is perhaps best known for his role as Detective Dan 'Danno' Williams on the original U.S. TV crime drama Hawaii Five-O, which ran from 1968 to 1980.
MacArthur is survived by his wife of more than 25 years, Helen Beth Duntz, four children and seven grandchildren.
James MacArthur, the boyish actor who became a household name in the 1970s as Danny "Danno" Williams on TV's Hawaii Five-O, died Thursday, a family representative told People. He was 72 and his family was at his side at the time of his death, according to a family statement. No further details, including a cause, were given. Born in Los Angeles on December 8, 1937, MacArthur was adopted shortly after his birth by two living legends: actress Helen Hayes, considered the First Lady of the American stage, and her husband, Charles MacArthur, who, with collaborator Ben Hecht, wrote what some consider the greatest »
- Stephen M. Silverman
"Rockford Files" and "Hawaii Five-O" are flying high, procedurals are hotter than ever before, multicamera comedies are staging a comeback and veteran sitcom directors James Burrows and Pamela Fryman are the most sought-after helmers with three projects each.
"It feels like we're going back in time -- but in a good way," one TV lit agent said about this year's pilot season.
In addition to this dial-back to the '70s, networks are turning back time on the number of pilot orders. After a post-wga strike nosedive in the number of orders in 2008 to 61, down from 100-plus the previous three years, the tally has been edging up -- to 74 last year and 83 so far this season.
There are plenty of other surprises as well.
First, British formats are out, but British creators and personalities are in.
For the first time in a decade, there is no broadcast pilot based on a U. »
- By Nellie Andreeva
In CBS' updated take on the classic cop series, from CBS Studios, Kim will play Detective Chin Ho Kelly, a role played in the original series by Kam Fong.
Kim, who played Jin Kwon on "Lost" for its six-season run, is the first actor from the show's core cast to book a new series project this pilot season as the ABC mystery drama heads to its May finale.
He is repped by Apa.
- By Nellie Andreeva
"Hawaii Five-o" is a go.
The project, from CBS Studios, scored a sizable commitment when it landed at CBS in October.
It is described as an updated take on the original series that is centered on an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police headed by Steve McGarrett and answerable only to the governor.
The classic procedural, created by Leonard Freeman, ran on CBS from 1968-80 and became famous for its opening music and for its staple "Book 'em, Danno" closing line.
Kurtzman and Orci co-wrote the story for the pilot with Lenkov, who penned the script under their supervision. All three are executive producing.
CBS and CBS Studios, which has the rights to "Hawaii Five-o," first took a stab at developing a »
- By Nellie Andreeva
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