John Forsythe, best known for his roles as the conniving patriarch Blake Carrington on Dynasty and as the voice of mysterious millionaire Charles Townsend on Charlie's Angels, has died. He was 92.
Forsythe died late on Thursday from complications of pneumonia in his home in Santa Ynez, Calif., his rep told TVGuide.com. Before the pneumonia, Forsythe's health had improved following a yearlong battle with cancer. His wife and daughter were with him when he suddenly slumped over. Forsythe had already passed away when paramedics arrived.
Forsythe began his career in theater, appearing in such Broadway shows as Around the World, Mister Roberts and The Teahouse of the August Moon.
He found his greatest success in television. Early in his career he guest-starred on several series, including an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents opposite Cloris Leachman. In 1957, he headlined CBS' Bachelor Father, wooing the likes of Mary Tyler Moore and Linda Evans.
In 1976, Aaron Spelling cast Forsythe on Charlie's Angels. Forsythe re-teamed with Spelling in 1981 for Dynasty. His work on the prime-time soap earned him three Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe wins.