James Farentino reported dead
While James Farentinto may have played characters with larger than life responsibilities (the pilot of the super chopper Blue Thunder in the TV series based on the movie, a Wing Commander/history buff on a time-traveling aircraft carrier in The Final Countdown, a sheriff dealing with reanimated corpses in Dead & Buried), there was always something that said he was a “regular guy”.
He was nominated for an Emmy for his work as St. Peter in the TV miniseries, Jesus of Nazareth, and won a Golden Globe as Most Promising Newcomer (Male) for The Pad and How to Use It in 1966.
He’s probably best known in the mainstream for his roles in Dynasty and ER, but had a number of geek-friendly credits, including appearing twice on Rod Serling’s The Night Gallery and in the TV movie The Possessed.
Unlike many actors, he didn’t do much voice work…but he did provide a voice in an episode of Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.