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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
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
(1963-67); its final episode drew a then-record audience.
Tested to play Nicky Arnstein, opposite Barbra Streisand, in
(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:
Harold Meyer - Father
Berniece Janssen - Mother
Jill Janssen - Half Sister
Teri Janssen - Half Sister
Ellie Graham - Ex-wife
Eugene Janssen - Stepfather
Dani Crayne - Wife
David Janssen Awards:
1961 Golden Globe: New Star of the Year - Actor - Nominee
1967 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series - Nominee
1966 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series - Nominee
1964 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Series - Nominee
1965 Golden Globe: Actor in a Television Series - Nominee
1966 Golden Globe: Actor in a Television Series - Winner
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