"Dynasty" actor John Forsythe dies, 92

Fri Apr 2, 2010 5:08pm EDT
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Dynasty" star John Forsythe, whose acting career spanned seven decades on stage, film and television, has died at age 92 after a year-long battle with cancer, his family said on Friday.

Forsythe died on Thursday in Santa Ynez, California, northwest of Los Angeles, near Santa Barbara, after contracting pneumonia.

"Thankfully, he died as he lived his life ... with dignity and grace," the family said in a statement.

The U.S. actor's career began in New York where he was among the original members of Lee Strasburg's The Actors Studio.

In Hollywood he lent his voice to the character of "Charlie" in the 1970s detective show "Charlie's Angels," and his association with producer Aaron Spelling led to his role as oil baron Blake Carrington in TV drama "Dynasty."

"He was a good friend to Aaron and me, and despite his matinee-star good looks was as humble and down to earth as could be," Spelling's wife, Candy, said in a statement.

Born John Lincoln Freund on January 29, 1918, in Penn's Grove, New Jersey, Forsythe was the son of a Wall Street businessman. He attended the University of North Carolina and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War Two.

Forsythe spent time as a field announcer for the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team before joining Strasburg's method acting group that would also prove instrumental for actors such as James Dean, Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.   Continued...