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'Dynasty' patriarch John Forsythe dies at 92

April 2, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The family of John Forsythe announced on Friday that the 'Dynasty' actor has died. The 92-year-old died of complications from pneumonia on Thursday. "Dynasty" was dynamite for John Forsythe. Then in his 60s, his career exploded all over again with his portrayal of the tough Denver oil tycoon, Blake Carrington, on the hit primetime soap.

On screen, Forsythe often battled with Joan Collins, who played his ex-wife. Through her publicist, Andrew Freedman, Collins released the following statement:

"He was one of the last of the true gentlemen of the acting profession. I enjoyed our nine years of feuding, fussing and fighting as the Carringtons, and I was so glad to have had the chance to reunite with him a few years ago in the 'Dynasty' reunion. He will be greatly missed," she said.

"He was a gifted actor who knew the true meaning of being gracious and kind," said actress Heather Locklear in a statement to ABC7.

Long before "Dynasty," Forsythe was one of the original members of the prestigious Actor's Studio. He appeared in several films, including Alfred Hitchcock's "The Trouble with Harry," and "In Cold Blood."

Forsythe was also a force in television, starting with the show "Bachelor Father" in 1957.

And then there's the role where he was heard but not seen. Forsythe was the voice of Charlie on the television show "Charlie's Angels."

Actress Cheryl Ladd also is mourning the death of her "Charlie's Angels" co-star.

"I'm mourning with the rest of the world for the talented, gorgeous, funny, intelligent John Forsythe," said Ladd. "But my heart is broken for the loss of my dear, dear friend and neighbor. I will miss him terribly."

He is survived by his family, including his wife Nicole, his son and daughter-in-law Dall and Ana Marie Forsythe, his two grown daughters Page Courtemanche and Brooke Forsythe, as well as six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

"He died as he lived his life, with dignity and grace," said Brooke Forsythe said.

According to his family, one of Forsythe's greatest passions was owning, breeding and racing his thoroughbred horses. He was vice president of Hollywood Park in Inglewood for four years and was a member of the Hollywood Park board of directors for 11 years.

Forsythe earned numerous Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe Awards and People's Choice awards for his role as Blake Carrington, the patriarch in "Dynasty."

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society. There will be no public service.


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