John Forsythe dead at 92

Apr 03, 2010 by Ian Evans

Actor John Forsythe died Thursday after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 92.

Though perhaps best known as oil tycoon Blake Carrington on Dynasty or the voice of Charlie on Charlie’s Angels, Forsythe had a career which spanned six decades.

He appeared in film and stage roles in the 1940’s. In the 1950’s he was a regular guest star on TV shows. He worked with Alfred Hitchcock in the film The Trouble with Harry and from 1957 to 1962 played Bentley Gregg on the sitcom Bachelor Father.

His work in the Sixties included The John Forsythe Show. He voiced detective agency boss Charlie Townsend on Charlie’s Angels from 1076 to 1981 and worked with Al Pacino on Norman Jewison’s …And Justice for All in 1979.

He helped symbolize Reagan-era excesses as oil tycoon Blake Carrington in the nighttime drama Dynasty, which ran from ’81 to ’89. He followed that with a Norman Lear sitcom, The Powers That Be which ran for 21 episodes during the 1992-1993 season.

He again voiced Charlie in the film versions, 2000’ Charlie’s Angels and 2003’s Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.