Fast Facts

  • Was educated at a variety of prep schools in America, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.
  • Kicked off career by appearing in a breath-mint commercial.
  • Appeared in the soap operas Somerset and One Life to Live.
  • Rose to prominence playing fastidious gumshoe A.J. Simon in the 1981-88 CBS series Simon & Simon.
  • In 1992, was shot by a neighbor during a dispute.
  • Authored the book Accidental Cowboy, which recalls his experience living on a cattle-and-horse ranch in the hills of California, where he moved after the shooting.
  • Won an animal-shelter award for "Eulogy," about the death of his dog, Max; it appeared in a book he compiled, To Absent Friends: A Collection of Stories of the Dogs We Miss.
  • Hobbies have included karate, boxing and swimming.


  • Francis Jameson Parker III — Son
  • Francis Jameson Parker — Father
  • Darleen Carr — Wife
  • Bonnie Dottley — Ex-wife
  • Christian Parker — Son


  • Graduated Beloit College, Beloit, WI (Theater Arts, 1971)


  • Birth Name: Francis Jameson Parker Jr.
  • Birth Place: Baltimore, MD
  • Profession: Actor

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