- 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.
- Darleen Carr — Wife
- Christian Parker — Son
- Francis Jameson Parker III — Son
- Francis Jameson Parker — Father
- Bonnie Dottley — Ex-wife
- Graduated Beloit College, Beloit, WI (Theater Arts, 1971)
- Birth Name: Francis Jameson Parker Jr.
- Birth Place: Baltimore, MD
- Profession: Actor
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