James Farentino, best known for his roles in The Final Countdown, Dynasty, and for playing George Clooney's estranged father, Ray Ross, on ER, has died of heart failure at a Los Angeles hospital, The Associated Press reports. He was 73.
In 1967, the Brooklyn-born actor's performance in the comedy The Pad and How to Use It landed him a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer. He also starred in Melrose Place and the miniseries Jesus of Nazareth, for which he earned an Emmy nomination in 1978.
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Farentino was divorced four times, and made headlines for his tumultuous relationship with on-again-off-again girlfriend Tina Sinatra, the youngest daughter of the late Frank Sinatra
. In 1994 he pleaded no contest to 24 misdemeanor counts of stalking, making harassing phone calls and violating a restraining order.
Farentino is survived by two sons, David and Saverio.