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Overview (5)

Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart failure following a long illness)
Birth NameFerdinand James Ferrantino
Nickname Jimmie
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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

Spouse (4)

Stella Farentino (3 August 1994 - 24 January 2012) (his death)
Debrah Farentino (15 June 1985 - 1988) (divorced)
Michele Lee (20 February 1966 - 22 June 1983) (divorced) (1 child)
Elizabeth Ashley (1 September 1962 - 21 April 1965) (divorced)

Trivia (12)

Was charged with stalking Tina Sinatra (daughter of Frank Sinatra).
Father, with Michele Lee, of son David Farentino.
Arrested in Vancouver, British Columbia on July 23, 1991 after Royal Canadian Mounted Police intercepted a package containing 3.2 grams of cocaine being sent to his hotel room. Farentino was in town filming the TV movie Miles from Nowhere (1992). He was charged with cocaine possession and released on bail.
In 2003, after a long down period, he received rave reviews on the L.A. stage playing a Russ Meyer-like porn producer in "Boy Gets Girl".
One of the last contract stars (Universal) in the late 60s.
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.
A product of the Brooklyn parochial school system, he later studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Won a Theatre World Award for his portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in a 1973 revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire" opposite Rosemary Harris.
Married in 1994 to fourth wife, actress Stella Farentino, Stella filed for divorce in 1998 due to "irreconcilable differences," but later withdrew her petition. James himself then filed for divorce in January 2001, also due to "irreconcilable differences").
Son of Anthony, a clothing designer, and Helen (nee Enrico) Ferrantino, a homemaker.
Ex-son-in-law of Jack Dusick.
Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences [Actors Branch].

Personal Quotes (2)

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.
I've got a resume that could choke a horse. I'm impressed by it. Producers who are casting people, they're all in their 20s now. You show it to somebody in the motion picture industry or television, they don't know and they don't care.

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