Remembering James Farentino 1938 - 2012

I will always remember James Farentino, who died Tuesday at age 73, as Dr. Nick Toscanni during the second season (1981-82) of TV's Dynasty.

The handsome actor also played:

Bette Davis' cabana boy in a 1961 Broadway production of The Night of the Iguana.

A playboy in the 1966 film, The Pad and How to Use It (he won a Golden Globe for Most Promising Male Newcomer for his performance).

Sandra Dee's love interest in the 1967 Rosalind Russell film, Rosie!

Patty Duke's love interest in the 1969 film, Me, Natalie.

Stanley Kowalski in a 1973 Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

George C. Scott's son in a 1975 Broadway production of Death of a Salesman.

Saint Peter in the 1977 TV miniseries, Jesus of Nazareth (he received an Emmy Award nomination for his performance).

Faye Dunaway's husband, Juan Perón, in the 1981 TV movie, Evita Perón.

The sheriff of a small New England town in the 1981 horror film, Dead & Buried.

Mary Tyler Moore's boss on her 1985-86 sitcom, Mary.

Joan Collins' lover in the 1986 TV miniseries, Sins.

Julie Andrews' husband on her 1992 sitcom, Julie.

And George Clooney's estranged father on three episodes of ER in 1996.

Farentino was also married to actresses Elizabeth Ashley (1962-65), Michele Lee (1966-82) and Debrah Farentino (1985-88).

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