Friday, April 2, 2010

John Forsythe, 1918-2010. R.I.P.

Actor John Forsythe died yesterday after battling cancer and pneumonia. He was 92.

Although Forsythe's acting career began in the 1940s he is best known for playing Blake Carrington on the ABC hit series Dynasty between 1981 and 1989.

I was amused by Forsythe's assessment of his acting talents. Shortly after Dynasty became a smash hit he 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."

So it's not surprising to see a 1970 TV Guide profile describe Forsythe "as a professed Adlai Stevenson-JFK-RFK liberal....yet he can find nice things to say about California's arch - conservative governor, Ronald Reagan." Now how many Hollywood actors can we describe as Obama liberals who have nice things to say about George W. Bush?

Check out this really weird video with Forsythe and Joan Collins on Austrian TV back in 1993 speaking and singing in German.

1 comment:

Jamaicafest said...

John Forsythe lived a long and productive life. Rest well.