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James Farentino (born February 24 1938) is an Americanmarker actor. He has appeared in almost one-hundred roles, among them in The Final Countdown, Jesus of Nazareth, and Dynasty.


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. He was nominated for the 1978 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. He 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.

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Farentino was charged with stalking his former girlfriend, Tina Sinatra (youngest child of Frank 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 Policemarker 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 charge with cocaine possession and released on bail.


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