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Actor James Farentino dies at 73

hollywood Updated: Jan 25, 2012 19:19 IST

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Actor James Farentino, who appeared in dozens of movies and television shows, died Tuesday in a Los Angeles hospital, according to a family spokesman. He was 73.

Farentino died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital after a long illness, said the spokesman, Bob Palmer.

Farentino starred alongside Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen in the 1980 science fiction film The Final Countdown. The movie featured a modern aircraft carrier that travels back in time to Pearl Harbor hours before the Japanese attack.

FarentinoFarentino also starred opposite Patty Duke in 1969's Me, Natalie.

In 1967, he won a Most Promising Newcomer Golden Globe for his performance in the comedy The Pad and How to Use It.

He also had recurring roles on Dynasty, Melrose Place, The Bold Ones: The Lawyers and ER, playing the estranged father to George Clooney's character.

In 1978, he was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Saint Peter in the television mini-series Jesus of Nazareth.

A four-time divorcee, Farentino's tumultuous personal life made headlines, too.

In March 1994, he pleaded no contest to stalking his ex-girlfriend Tina Sinatra, 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, New York, in 1938, Farentino is survived by two sons, David and Saverio.