David Janssen Biography

Birthday: 1931-03-27
Place of Birth: Naponee, Nebraska
Height: 6' (1.83 m)
Wiki Biography: David Janssen was born (in Nebraska in 1931) to be a TV star. The Janssen family settled in Hollywood when he was a teenager and he attended Fairfax High School, where he developed an interest in acting. His film debut was a bit part in It's a Pleasure (1945), and at the age of 18 signed a contract with 20th Century-Fox. However, the studio dropped him after allegedly becoming disenchanted with his odd hairline and big prominent ears. Janssen had better luck at Universal, where he signed on in the early 1950s and became a supporting player in 32 films before appearing on TV as the star of "Richard Diamond, Private Detective" (1957). He resumed his movie career in 1961, a year after the series ended. His biggest success came from his lead in the series "The Fugitive" (1963), playing the haunted, hunted Dr. Richard Kimble, on the run for a murder he didn't commit. After the series ended, Janssen launched himself into a grueling schedule by appearing in lead and supporting roles in movies, but he had better luck with made-for-TV-movie roles and a short-lived series, "O'Hara, U.S. Treasury" (1971). He had another hit series with the cult favorite "Harry O" (1973). Janssen continued appearing in lead roles in nearly 20 made-for-TV-movies during the 1970s as well as other TV projects. He died in 1980 from a sudden heart attack at his Malibu home at the age of 48. Unfounded speculation holds that Janssen succumbed to alcoholism, a problem that plagued him most of his adult life. There were even unfounded rumors about drug use. However, a much more reasonable explanation for David Janssen's sudden demise is that this intense, dedicated, determined actor simply worked himself to death.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Richard Diamond, Private Detective Richard Diamond 1957 Action
The Don Rickles Show 1968 Comedy
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury Jim O'Hara / ... 1971 Drama
Harry O Harry Orwell 1973 - 1976
Centennial 1978 - 1979 Action
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Cult of the Cobra 1955 Horror
Francis in the Navy 1955 Comedy, Fantasy
The Girl He Left Behind 1957 Comedy, Drama
Hell to Eternity 1960 Romance
Dondi 1961 Comedy, Drama, Family
Man-Trap 1961 Drama
The Shoes of the Fisherman 1968
The Green Berets George Beckworth 1968 Action, Drama
Marooned 1969 Adventure, Drama, Sci Fi
This Is a Hijack 1973
Moon of the Wolf 1974 Game Show
The Swiss Conspiracy 1976
Two-Minute Warning 1976 Drama, Thriller
S.O.S. Titanic John Jacob Astor 1979 Drama
Inchon 1982 Drama, History
Warning Shot 2018 Game Show