Dynasty' oil tycoon John Forsythe dead at 92

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    Apr 02, 2010 10:53 PM GMT


    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- John Forsythe, the handsome, smooth-voiced actor who made his fortune as the scheming oil tycoon in TV's "Dynasty" and the voice of the leader of "Charlie's Angels" has died after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 92.

    Forsythe died late Thursday at his home in Santa Ynez from complications of pneumonia, publicist Harlan Boll said Friday.

    "He died as he lived his life, with dignity and grace," daughter Brooke Forsythe said.

    Despite his distinguished work in theater and films, Forsythe's greatest fame came from his role as Blake Carrington in the 1981-89 primetime soap opera "Dynasty." Forsythe lent dignity to the tale of murder, deceit, adultery and high finance, which often brought Carrington into conflict with his flashy, vengeful former wife, Alexis Colby, played to the hilt by Joan Collins.

    Forsythe was an important part of another hit series without being seen. From 1976 to 1981 he played the voice of Charlie, the boss who delivered assignments to his beautiful detectives via telephone in "Charlie's Angels."

    Forsythe evidenced little of the ego drive that motivates many actors. He viewed himself with a self-effacing humor, considering himself "a vastly usable, not wildly talented actor."

    In a 1981 interview by The Associated Press, he also said: "I figure there are a few actors like Marlon Brando, George C. Scott and Laurence Olivier who have been touched by the hand of God. I'm in the next bunch."

    With his full head of silver hair, tanned face and soothing voice, Forsythe as Carrington attracted the ardor of millions of female television viewers. "It's rather amusing at my advanced age (mid-60s) to become a sex symbol," he cracked.

    While he had small roles in a couple of films in the early 1940s, Forsythe's first successes were mainly on the stage. While serving during World War II, he was cast in Moss Hart's Air Force show "Winged Victory," along with many other future stars.

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    Damn, I did crush on him. I wish I could find man like him. May God Rest him in Peace
  • rnch

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    Apr 02, 2010 11:03 PM GMT
    i can just barely recall seeing him in reruns of the early television series "bachelor father".

    joan collin's classy bitch character on "dysasty" would had been a dud without this man to "play off of".

    my father, who worked in new orleans' leading tv station from 1956 to 1996, mentioned that JF was a very well spoken, classy guy who, during a promotion tour, had intelligent, perceptive words for him and the other technicians behind the cameras.
  • zakariahzol

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    Apr 03, 2010 12:31 AM GMT
    He is 92. Thats a long life. Like everybody else, I know him as Blake Carrington. I dont know him as a voice of Charlie from Charlie Angels, until it was announce latter on.
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    Apr 03, 2010 4:03 AM GMT
    Wow! I haven't watched the news.
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    Apr 03, 2010 4:45 AM GMT
    Joan Collins will be guest appearing on the German soap Verbotene Liebe this month (April). All her lines will be in English. Looking forward to it.
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    Apr 03, 2010 5:48 AM GMT
    Another of his greatest films IMO was Madame X with Lana Turner, Constance Bennett and Ricardo Montalban. Check it out. Great film, direction, scenery, writing, acting, camera work, music, drama. A Ross Hunter film - shot at what later became the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles. One of my very favorite films - ever.

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    Apr 03, 2010 8:38 AM GMT
    My boyfriend and I are watching Dynasty on CBSDrama here in Ireland. It was great TV for its day.

    As a kid I thought John Forsythe was something special having heard him on Angles and then getting to see him on Dynasty I know that I fancied him something rotten, though I didn't know why at the time.

    The fights I had with my parents to be allowed to watch Dynasty.

    May he rest in Peace and continue to send the girls out in skimpy outfits and thwart Alexis in syndication for generatios to come
  • greenlantern1

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    Apr 03, 2010 9:02 AM GMT
    Rodmramer said

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- John Forsythe, the handsome, smooth-voiced actor who made his fortune as the scheming oil tycoon in TV's "Dynasty" and the voice of the leader of "Charlie's Angels" has died after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 92.

    Forsythe died late Thursday at his home in Santa Ynez from complications of pneumonia, publicist Harlan Boll said Friday.

    "He died as he lived his life, with dignity and grace," daughter Brooke Forsythe said.

    Despite his distinguished work in theater and films, Forsythe's greatest fame came from his role as Blake Carrington in the 1981-89 primetime soap opera "Dynasty." Forsythe lent dignity to the tale of murder, deceit, adultery and high finance, which often brought Carrington into conflict with his flashy, vengeful former wife, Alexis Colby, played to the hilt by Joan Collins.

    Forsythe was an important part of another hit series without being seen. From 1976 to 1981 he played the voice of Charlie, the boss who delivered assignments to his beautiful detectives via telephone in "Charlie's Angels."

    Forsythe evidenced little of the ego drive that motivates many actors. He viewed himself with a self-effacing humor, considering himself "a vastly usable, not wildly talented actor."

    In a 1981 interview by The Associated Press, he also said: "I figure there are a few actors like Marlon Brando, George C. Scott and Laurence Olivier who have been touched by the hand of God. I'm in the next bunch."

    With his full head of silver hair, tanned face and soothing voice, Forsythe as Carrington attracted the ardor of millions of female television viewers. "It's rather amusing at my advanced age (mid-60s) to become a sex symbol," he cracked.

    While he had small roles in a couple of films in the early 1940s, Forsythe's first successes were mainly on the stage. While serving during World War II, he was cast in Moss Hart's Air Force show "Winged Victory," along with many other future stars.

    Forsythe_WM88385887.jpg

    Damn, I did crush on him. I wish I could find man like him. May God Rest him in Peace


    Hey was such an engaging, intelligent, and very well-spoken man and actor. We are gonna miss you, Charlie!!!....And Blake!!!
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    Apr 03, 2010 9:07 AM GMT
    I'm sure he lived a full life and had little to no regret