Saturday, April 3, 2010
By: Vickie J. Rubinson
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 Angel's," 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 was one of the last of the true gentlemen of the acting profession," Joan Collins said in a statement. "I enjoyed our nine years of feuding, fussing and fighting as the Carringtons."
Heather Locklear, another "Dynasty" co-star called him a "gentleman in every sense of the word," and a "gifted actor who knew the true meaning of being gracious and kind."
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 60's) to become a sex symbol," he cracked.
While he had small roles in a couple of films in the early 1940's, Forsythe's first successes were mainly on the stage. While serving during WWII, he was cast in Moss Hart's Air Force show "Winged Victory" along with many other future stars.