Broadway, TV & Film Star John Forsythe Dies at 92
The family of John Forsythe sadly announces his passing on April 1, 2010. He was 92 years old and, thankfully, he died as he lived his life, with dignity and grace, after a year-long struggle with cancer.
In lieu of flowers, John's wife and family would like to request donations to the American Cancer Society. There will be no public service.
The son of a Wall Street businessman, the New Jersey-born John Forsythe, attended the University of North Carolina, and then moved to New York City where he began his career as a radio actor, then as the field announcer for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbet's Field. Soon after, he auditioned for Lee Strasburg and became one of the original-founding members of the prestigious The Actors Studio. While still in New York, Forsythe participated in many of the notable live television shows, including "Studio One," "Philco Playhouse," "Kraft Theatre" and "Robert Montgomery Presents," including the award winning and very controversial, "What Makes Sammy Run?" His first Broadway appearances in "Vickie" and "Yankee Point" led to a motion picture contract with Warner Bros. and his Hollywood debut with Cary Grant in "Destination Tokyo."
After enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, Forsythe was selected for the cast of "Winged Victory," Moss Hart's all service Broadway stage musical. From there he went on to starring roles in such notable Broadway productions including "Yellowjack," "It Takes Two," "All My Sons," "Mr. Roberts," the Pulitzer Prize winning "Teahouse of the August Moon" and Gore Vidal's "Weekend." And many years later in Los Angeles, he starred in "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial," directed by Henry Fonda.
Upon moving to Los Angeles, Forsythe began receiving the first of numerous Emmy nominations while starring in the television series "Bachelor Father" from 1957 to 1962. At the same time, he continued to work in feature films, including Robert Wise's "Captive City," "It Happens Every Thursday" with Loretta Young, "The Glass Web," and two Alfred Hitchcock films, "The Trouble with Harry" and "Topaz." He also starred in "The Ambassador's Daughter," "Madame X," Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood," "The Happy Ending," "And Justice For All" and "Scrooged."
His long personal and professional association with Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg included the voice of "Charlie" in the original television series "Charlie's Angels" and the two feature films, "Charlie's Angels" and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." Another Spelling/Goldberg project resulted in John Forsythe's portrayal of Blake Carrington, the ruthless Denver oil magnate entrepreneur in "Dynasty" which won him critical acclaim as well as numerous Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor and People's Choice Awards. Forsythe had a distinguished list of credits from virtually every venue in the entertainment industry and his career prospered for over six decades. His hundreds of television appearances included hosting numerous Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards and People's Choice Awards telecasts and serving as the master of ceremonies for various television shows, including the prestigious 1986 "Christmas in Washington" special and for the "George Burns: 80 Years in Show Business" special. Over the years, Forsythe starred in numerous "HallMark Hall of Fame" television films, including "Amelia Earhart," "Opposites Attract" and "On Fire," for which he also served as executive producer. Over the years, he made numerous guest-starring appearances on such shows as "The Jack Benny Show," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents and "The Twilight Zone," just to name a few. He was also the host of the syndicated nature series "World of Survival," which ran for an amazing fourteen years. In addition, Forsythe earned his nice-guy image via such memorable starring roles in his various television series, "Bachelor Father," "The John Forsythe Show," "To Rome With Love," and "The Powers That Be."