Actor John Forsythe, the man best known as the voice of Charlie from the hit 1970′s TV series Charlie’s Angles and Blake Carrington from the 1980′s prime time TV soap opera Dynasty has passed away at the age of 92.
John Forsythe (1918-2010)
He was born John Lincoln Freund on Jan. 29, 1918, in Penn’s Grove, NJ. John Forsythe died late Thursday at his home in Santa Ynez from complications of pneumonia after a year long battle with cancer. In a career that began in the 1940′s … he will be missed, rest in peace.
Forsythe was an important part of another hit series without being seen. From 1976 to 1981 he played the voice of Charlie, the boss who delivered assignments to his beautiful detectives via telephone in “Charlie’s Angels.”
Forsythe evidenced little of the ego drive that motivates many actors. He viewed himself with a self-effacing humor, considering himself “a vastly usable, not wildly talented actor.”
In a 1981 interview by The Associated Press, he also 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.”
With his full head of silver hair, tanned face and soothing voice, Forsythe as Carrington attracted the ardor of millions of female television viewers. “It’s rather amusing at my advanced age (mid-60s) to become a sex symbol,” he cracked.
While he had small roles in a couple of films in the early 1940s, Forsythe’s first successes were mainly on the stage. While serving during World War II, he was cast in Moss Hart’s Air Force show “Winged Victory,” along with many other future stars.
John Forsythe dies at 92; actor known for roles on TV series ‘Bachelor Father,’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and ‘Dynasty’