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James Farentino (1938)

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James Farentino is an American actor. He has appeared in almost one hundred roles, among them in The Final Countdown, Jesus of Nazareth, and Dynasty.

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 career
Among his many television appearances, Farentino guest starred in 1964 with Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., in the episode "Super-Star" of the CBS drama series, The Reporter, with Harry Guardino in the starring role of journalist Danny Taylor of the fictitious New York Globe newspaper. Early in 1967, he appeared in Barry Sullivan's NBC western series The Road West in the episode "Reap the Whirlwind".

In 1969, he starred opposite Patty Duke in the film Me, Natalie. Farentino was one of the lawyers in NBC TV series The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (1969–1972) which also starred Burl Ives and Joseph Campanella. He made two appearances in the 1970s anthology television series Night Gallery, with wife Michele Lee in "Since Aunt Ada Came to Stay," and again with Joanna Pettet in "The Girl With The Hungry Eyes."In the 70,s he was in a mystery movie series called cool million. In 1978 he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special for his portrayal of Saint Peter in the mini-series, Jesus of Nazareth. In 1980, Farentino starred in "The Final Countdown" with Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen. In the movie, the super carrier U.S.S. Nimitz is sent back in time by a strange storm at sea to Dec. 6,1941 The Captain must decide whether to use the force of the modern warship Nimitz to stop the attack or to allow history to proceed as "normal". Farentino also appeared as "Frank Chaney" in the short-lived 1984 ABC series Blue Thunder, based on the 1983 film of the same name starring Roy Scheider. (The 11-episode series, which also starred a then-unknown Dana Carvey, was released on DVD in August 2006.) In the late 1990s, he appeared as Doug Ross' estranged father, "Ray," on ER.

 personal life
Farentino has been married to:
  • Stella Farentino (August 3, 1994–present) (Stella filed for divorce in 1998 due to "irreconcilable differences," but later withdrew her petition. Then, James himself filed for divorce in January 2001, also due to "irreconcilable differences")
  • Debrah Farentino (June 1985-1988)
  • Michele Lee (February 20, 1966–1982) ; one child, David
  • Elizabeth Ashley (September 1, 1962–1965)


Farentino was charged with stalking his former girlfriend, Tina Sinatra , in 1993. A restraining order was issued against him after he entered a plea of No Contest.

Farentino was arrested in Vancouver, British Columbia, on July 23, 1991, after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police intercepted a package containing 3.2 grams of cocaine being sent to his hotel room. Farentino was in town filming the TV movie, "Miles From Nowhere." He was charged with cocaine possession and released on bail.

In 2010 Farentino was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor battery after a citizen's arrest was made on the 72-year-old actor. Police were called to Farentino's Hollywood home. He was taken into custody and booked at the LAPD's Hollywood-area station. Farentino was released two days later after posting $20,000 bond. Police said the actor was trying to physically remove a man from his house. The man, who police said suffered visible bruising, made a citizen's arrest on Farentino for battery.

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