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David Janssen
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    (March 27, 1931-February 13, 1980)
    Birth name was David Harold Meyer
    Starred in 4 TV series: 'Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957-59),' 'The Fugitive (1963-67),' 'O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (1971-72)' and 'Harry O (1974-76)'
    Acted in 'Francis Goes to West Point (1952),' 'Bonzo Goes to College (1952),' 'The Private War of Major Benson (1955),' 'Cult of the Cobra (1955),' 'All That Heaven Allows (1955),' 'Away All Boats (1956),' 'Toy Tiger (1956),' 'The Girl He Left Behind (1956),' 'Lafayette Escadrille (1958),' 'Hell to Eternity (1960),' 'Dondi (1961),' 'Twenty Plus Two (1961),' 'King of the Roaring Twenties (1961),' 'My Six Loves (1963),' 'Warning Shot (1967),' 'The Green Berets (1968),' 'The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968),' 'Marooned (1969),' 'Macho Callahan (1971),' 'Once Is Not Enough (1975),' 'The Swiss Conspiracy (1975),' 'Two Minute Warning (1976)' and 'Golden Rendezvous (1978)'
    Died of a heart attack at age 48
    At 18 he was signed by 20th Century Fox, but was dumped a few years later. Execs thought his weird hairline and big ears would not make him a matinee idol.
    He smoked.
    He was an alcoholic.
    He did commercials for Rexall Drugs, Speidel Watchbands, Kent Cigarettes and Excedrin.
    He appeared in a few TV commercials for Japanese companies (shown only in Japan).
    In an act of nepotism, he got his mother and two sisters to be extras on 'The Fugitive.'
    Quinn Martin, producer of 'The Fugitive,' gave him a motor home, which he turned into a party bus and dubbed 'The Silver Bullet.'
    His divorce from his first wife of 15 years was messy, drawn out and tabloid fodder.
    He went uncredited in his first two films 'It's a Pleasure (1945)' and 'Swamp Fire (1946).'
    He served two years in the U.S. Army (1952-54).
    He won a Golden Globe Award in the 'Best TV Star - Male' category for his role in 'The Fugitive' (1966).
    When his Dr. Richard Kimble character finally captured the one-armed man to clear his name (1967), it was the then highest rated episode on TV (until the 1980 'Who Shot J.R.' episode on 'Dallas).'
    He did free promo ads for the Air National Guard, the United Way and the American Heritage Foundation 'Register and Vote' campaign.
    He owned Caddies, Rolls Royces, a 1979 Porsche and a 1966 Lamborghini (which he and a friend took for a spin and topped out at 148 mph).
    He was in the film 'Inchon (1981),' released a year after his death, but all his scenes were edited out.

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