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Blessed with a distinctive baritone voice that would become imprinted on pop culture, John Forsythe was born Jan. 29, 1918, in Penns Grove, N.J. After graduating from college at age 18, Forsythe -- a baseball fanatic -- landed a gig as the Dodgers announcer at Ebbets Field.

In the early 1940s, Forsythe made his way to Hollywood, where Warner Bros. inked him as a bit player. He soon began building his résumé on television and hit pay dirt in 1957 as the star of the sitcom "Bachelor Father." But it was his role as the voice of Charlie Townsend in the iconic series "Charlie's Angels" (1976-81) and his Golden Globe-winning turn as oilman Blake Carrington in "Dynasty" (1981-89) that made Forsythe a household name to generations of fans.

Though his film work was sporadic, Forsythe's notable efforts include In Cold Blood (1967), And Justice for All (1979) and Scrooged (1988). He died April 1, 2010.

John Forsythe in Topaz


1969 NR

Based on the Leon Uris best-seller of the same name, Alfred Hitchcock's Topaz is a spy thriller set in the Cold War period surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis (fall 1962). Competing American, French and Cuban spies fight over secrets that both Washington and Moscow want to get their hands on in action that ranges from Harlem, N.Y., to Paris and Havana. See if you can spot the master's cameo about 30 minutes into the movie.

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