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Friday, April 2, 2010

"Charlie" is gone, John Forsythe dead at 92

The Las Vegas Review Journal, NPR and CNN report that 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.

Forsythe died late Thursday at his home in Santa Ynez from complications of pneumonia.

"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.

From 1957 to 1062 he played the lead in "Bachelor Father."

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."

From the Screen Actors Guild:

Los Angeles (April 2, 2010) Screen Actors Guild mourns the passing of John Forsythe, a SAG National Board member from 1975-78, who has died at the age of 92.

An actor who began his six-decade career on stage and appeared in numerous films, Forsythe became best known for his television work as the affable Bachelor Father (1957-62) and scheming oil tycoon Blake Carrington on Dynasty (1981-89). Forsythe also lent his voice to the unseen character of Charlie Townsend on Charlie’s Angels in both the television series (1976-81) and two feature films.

Publicist Harlan Boll said Forsythe died late on Thursday in Santa Ynez, California from complications of pneumonia, following a year-long battle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Nicole, his son and daughter-in-law, Dall and Ana Marie Forsythe, his two grown daughters, Page Courtemanche and Brooke Forsythe, as well as six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The family says there will be no public service for Forsythe, and they request those wishing to honor his memory make donations to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.


John Forsythe

John Forsythe
A classic actor with a classic all media career, John Forsythe starred in three hit television series in a six decade long career. Best known as Blake Carrington on “Dallas,” Forsythe also was the voice of Charlie on the “Charlie’s Angels” series and subsequent films. All that came after a five year run on “Bachelor Father.”

Forsythe started on the stage, then picked up some background roles, built his resume in bit parts – almost all of them on television – and worked the Hollywood circuit for years before catching a big break, surprisingly, back on Broadway, in “Teahouse of the August Moon.”

Forsythe had been battling colon cancer, and succumbed to pneumonia at his home in Santa Ynez. He was 92.

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CBS will also make full episodes of select programs, including "Survivor" (pictured above) available for the iPad, along with exclusive applications and web content.