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'Dynasty' Actor John Forsythe


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'Dynasty' Actor John Forsythe

by Claudia Luther


Actor John Forsythe

LOS ANGELES, California -- John Forsythe, the suave actor with the silvery hair and mellifluous voice who was familiar to millions for his roles on the popular television series "Bachelor Father," "Charlie's Angels" and "Dynasty," died Thursday, April 1. Forsythe, who had heart bypass surgery in 1979 and was hospitalized for colon cancer in 2006, died at his home in the Santa Barbara County town of Santa Ynez from complications of pneumonia, publicist Harlan Boll said. He was 92.

Skilled at both comedy and drama, the actor began his long career on Broadway, where he stepped in for Henry Fonda in "Mister Roberts" and later originated the lead role in the hit comedy "Teahouse of the August Moon." He also appeared in many films, including Alfred Hitchcock's "The Trouble With Harry" and "Topaz."

But he was best known for three roles: Bentley Gregg, a bachelor uncle whose social life is curtailed when he must care for a young niece; the unseen Charlie, who gives three sexy young detectives their assignments in "Charlie's Angels"; and, most notably, Blake Carrington, the oil tycoon around whom life revolves in one of TV's most successful prime-time soap operas,

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