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Actor James Farentino dies of heart failure at 73

This Nov. 11, 1980 file photo shows James Farentino and Faye Dunaway in Los Angeles. A family spokesman says Farentino, who appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows including 'The Final Countdown' and 'Dynasty,' died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. The actor was 73. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

January 25, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Veteran TV and movie actor James Farentino died at Cedars-Sinai Hospital of heart failure at the age of 73.

Farentino passed away after a long illness. He starred in several movies including "The Final Countdown" and "Me Natalie."

Farentino also had recurring roles in a number of TV series including "Dynasty," "Melrose Place," and "ER", where he played George Clooney's estranged father.

He had a rocky personal life, including pleading no contest in 1994 to stalking his ex-girlfriend, Tina Sinatra, the daughter of Frank Sinatra.

In 2010, the actor was arrested at his Hollywood home on suspicion of battery when he tried to physically remove a man from his home.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1938, Farentino is survived by two sons, David and Saverio.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.