David Janssen

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Biography

  • Birth Name: David Harold Meyer
  • Birth Place: Naponee, NE
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 03/27/1931, Aries
  • Date of Death: 02/13/1980
  • Profession: Actor
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David Janssen Fast Facts:
  • Made his (unbilled) film debut at 14 in Sonja Henie's It's a Pleasure, playing Davey, a boy referee.
  • Signed at 18 to a 20th Century Fox contract, later dropped; signed by Universal, appeared in over 30 supporting roles before his big break, starring in the TV series Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957-60).
  • The Richard Diamond series was produced by Four Star, whose owner, Dick Powell, had played the private detective on radio (1949-52) and chose Janssen to play the role on TV.
  • Most popular role was Dr. Richard Kimble in The Fugitive (1963-67); its final episode drew a then-record audience.
  • Tested to play Nicky Arnstein, opposite Barbra Streisand, in Funny Girl (after Streisand refused to take second billing to first choice Frank Sinatra).
  • Died of a heart attack at 48; among his pallbearers were Gene Kelly, Gregory Peck, Milton Berle, Richard Harris and Rod Stewart.
  • David Janssen Relationships:
  • Ellie Graham - Ex-wife
  • Eugene Janssen - Stepfather
  • Jill Janssen - Half Sister
  • Teri Janssen - Half Sister
  • Berniece Janssen - Mother
  • Dani Crayne - Wife
  • Harold Meyer - Father
  • David Janssen Awards:
  • 1966 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series - Nominee
  • 1967 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series - Nominee
  • 1966 Golden Globe: Actor in a Television Series - Winner
  • 1961 Golden Globe: New Star of the Year - Actor - Nominee
  • 1964 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Series - Nominee
  • 1965 Golden Globe: Actor in a Television Series - Nominee

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