James Farentino dies

James Farentino was 73

WRITTEN BY: Janelle Vreeland
James Farentino as Saint Peter
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James Farentino as Saint Peter

James Farentino has died at the age of 73.

People reports that Farentino died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital on Tuesday after a lengthy illness.

Farentino was a TV staple, appearing in such series as "Dynasty," "Melrose Place," "The Bold Ones: The Lawyers" and "ER," and even taking on the role of Saint Peter in the mini-series "Jesus of Nazareth." He was also a stage performer, appearing in "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

Although Farentino's talent was undeniable, it was his relationship with Tina Sinatra that garnered the most headlines. In 1994, Farentino pleaded no contest after being charged with 24 misdemeanor counts of stalking Tina Sinatra, making harassing phone calls and violating a restraining order to stay away from her.

Read more about James Farentino here.

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