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James Gordon MacArthur (born December 8, 1937 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actor. James MacArthur is best known for the role of Dan (Danno) Williams, reliable second-in-command to Steve McGarrett (played by Jack Lord), head of the fictional Hawaiian State Police squad Hawaii Five-O. The role made his name a household word and won him fans all over the world. December 8 is the 342nd day (343rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1,290. ... Jack Lord in a scene from Hawaii Five-O. John Joseph Patrick Ryan (December 30, 1920 – January 21, 1998), best known by his stage name Jack Lord, was an American television, film, and Broadway actor. ... // United States See also: List of U.S. state law enforcement agencies In the United States, state police are a police body unique to each U.S. state, having statewide authority to conduct law enforcement activities and criminal investigations. ... (help·info) Hawaii Five-O ran for twelve seasons on CBS television network. ...



Early life

He was adopted as an infant by playwright Charles MacArthur and his wife, actress Helen Hayes, he grew up in Nyack, New York, along with the MacArthurs' biological daughter, Mary, also an actress. He was educated at Allen-Stevenson School in New York, and later at Solebury School in New Hope, Pennsylvania, where he starred in basketball, football and baseball. Charles MacArthur (November 5, 1895 _ April 21, 1956) was an American playwright and screenwriter, born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. ... Helen Hayes (October 10, 1900 - March 17, 1993) was an American actress whose successful and award-winning career spanned almost 70 years. ... Nyack is a village located in Rockland County, New York. ... Solebury School is a private school in NewHope Pensylvania USA. It has an ESL center. ... New Hope , formerly Coryells Ferry, is a borough located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA. As of the 2000 census, the borough had a total population of 2,252. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium II St. ...

In his final year at Solebury he played guard on the football team, captained the basketball team, was elected president of his class as well as of the Student Government and the Drama Club, rewrote the school's constitution, edited the school paper, The Scribe, and played Scrooge in a local presentation of A Christmas Carol. While at Solebury, Jim started dating a fellow student, Joyce Bulifant. They were married in November, 1958 and divorced nine years later. A Christmas Carol (full title: A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being A Ghost Story of Christmas) is Charles Dickens little Christmas Book first published on December 17, 1843 and illustrated by John Leech. ... Bulifant in a Match Game appearance. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

MacArthur was growing up around the greatest literary and theatrical talent of the time. Lillian Gish was his Godmother, and his parents' guests included such personalities as Ben Hecht, Harpo Marx, Robert Benchley, Beatrice Lillie, John Barrymore and John Steinbeck. This environment would present him with opportunities and challenges not experienced by other young people. Lillian Gish Lillian Diana de Guiche (October 14, 1893 – February 27, 1993), was an Oscar-nominated American actress, better known as Lillian Gish. ... Ben Hecht (February 28, 1894 – April 18, 1964) was a prolific Hollywood screenwriter, even though he professed disdain for the motion picture industry. ... Adolph Arthur Marx, popularly known as Harpo Marx, (November 23, 1888 – September 28, 1964) was one of the Marx Brothers, a group of Vaudeville entertainers who later achieved fame as comedians in the Motion Picture industry. ... Robert Charles Benchley (September 15, 1889 in Worcester, Massachusetts – November 21, 1945) was an American humorist, newspaper columnist, film actor, and drama editor. ... Beatrice Lillie (May 29, 1894-January 20, 1989) was the outstanding comedic actress of her time. ... John Sidney Blythe Barrymore (February 15, 1882 – May 29, 1942), better known as just John Barrymore and nicknamed The Great Profile, became famous as a Shakespearean actor, lauded for his Hamlet, and was frequently regarded as the greatest actor of his generation, playing a wide variety of roles on stage... John Ernst Steinbeck III (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) is one of the best known and most widely read American writers of the 20th century. ...

His first radio role was on Theatre Guild of the Air, in 1948. The Theatre Guild of the Air was the premiere radio program of its day, producing one-hour plays that were performed in front of a live audience of 800. Helen Hayes accepted a role in one of the plays, which also had a small part for a child. Her son was asked if he would like to do it, and agreed. 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ...


Acting career

He made his stage debut at Olney, Maryland, in 1949, with a two-week stint in The Corn is Green. His sister, Mary, was in the play and telephoned their mother to request that James go to Olney to be in it with her. The following summer, he repeated the role at Dennis, Massachusetts, and his theatrical career was underway. In 1954, he played John Day in Life With Father with Howard Lindsay and Dorothy Stickney. However, young James did not get a fast track into important Broadway productions just for being Helen Hayes' son. Instead, he received his training in summer stock. Olney is a census-designated place and an unincorporated area of Montgomery County, Maryland, located in the north central part of the state, twenty miles north of Washington, D.C.. It was largely agricultural until the 1960s, when growth of the Washington suburbs led to its conversion into a mostly... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Nickname: none Official website: http://www. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ...

He also worked as a set painter, lighting director and chief of the parking lot. During a Helen Hayes festival at the Falmouth Playhouse on Cape Cod, he had a few walk-on parts. He also helped the theatre electrician and, in fact, grew so interested that he was allowed to stay on after Miss Hayes' plays had ended. As a result, he lighted the show for Barbara Bel Geddes in The Little Hut and for Gloria Vanderbilt in The Swan. When he visited Paris with his mother as a member of The Skin of Our Teeth Company, he was in charge of making thunder backstage with a four-by-eight sheet of metal. Barbara Bel Geddes as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1955 Barbara Bel Geddes (October 31, 1922 – August 8, 2005) was an American actress. ... Gloria Vanderbilt, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1958. ...

In 1955, at the age of 18, he was chosen to play Hal Ditmar in the TV play Deal a Blow. The play was directed by John Frankenheimer and starred MacDonald Carey, Phyllis Thaxter and Edward Arnold. In his scenes with the veterans, James showed that he was more than capable of matching experience with ability, and his "sensitive and intelligent" portrayal of the misunderstood teenager, teetering on the brink of delinquency, was lauded by critics and viewers alike. John Michael Frankenheimer (February 19, 1930 – July 6, 2002) was an American film director. ... Macdonald Carey Macdonald Carey (March 15, 1913 – March 21, 1994) was an American actor best known for his role as the patriarch Dr. Tom Horton on NBCs soap opera Days of our Lives. ... Jonathan (Glenn Ford) and Martha Kent (Phyllis Thaxter) in Superman: The Movie (1978) Movie actress Phyllis Thaxter (born Phyllis St. ... Edward Arnold (actor) Eddy Arnold (country singer) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

In 1956, Frankenheimer directed the movie version of the play, which was renamed The Young Stranger, and James MacArthur was again chosen for the starring role. Once again, his performance was critically acclaimed, and earned him a nomination in the Most Promising Newcomer category at the 1958 BAFTA awards.

During summer breaks from Harvard University, where he was studying history, he made The Light in the Forest and Third Man on the Mountain, for Walt Disney. Then, deciding to make acting his full-time career, he dropped out of Harvard in his sophomore year, and made two more Disney movies, Kidnapped and Swiss Family Robinson. These movies are now regarded as 'classics,' and are still popular more than forty years later. In February, 2003, Conrad Richter's novel The Light in the Forest was one of the books selected for Ohio's One Book, Two Counties project. Jim was invited to be a guest speaker, and spoke of how the book was turned into the film, and his experiences making the movie. When Swiss Family Robinson was released in DVD format, he was asked to provide background commentary and other 'bonus' material for the DVD. Harvard redirects here. ... Walter Elias Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966), was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, and philanthropist. ... The Swiss Family Robinson is a novel about a Swiss family who are shipwrecked en route for Australia. ... Conrad Michael Richter (October 13, 1890-October 30, 1968) was an award-winning American of German origin novelist whose lyrical work focuses on life along the American frontier. ...

He made his Broadway debut in 1960, playing opposite Jane Fonda in Invitation to a March. For his performance, he received a Theater World Award. Then came roles in Under the Yum Yum Tree, The Moon Is Blue, John Loves Mary (with his wife at the time, Joyce Bulifant), Barefoot in the Park and Murder at the Howard Johnson's. Jane Seymour Fonda (born December 21, 1937) is an American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model, and fitness guru. ... Barefoot in the Park is a comedy play by Neil Simon, about a young couple and their odd neighbors in their small apartment building in Greenwich Village, New York. ...

He then went on to star in such movies as The Interns, Spencer's Mountain, The Truth About Spring and Cry of Battle, as well as in the rather less successful The Love-Ins and The Angry Breed. The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Spencers Mountain is a 1963 family film written, directed, and produced by Delmer Daves from a novel by Earl Hamner. ...

On the set of The Angry Breed, in 1968, Jim met Melody Patterson, who was to become the second Mrs. James MacArthur. They were married on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai, in July 1970, and divorced several years later. In 1963, he was a runner-up in the 'Top New Male Personality' category of the Golden Laurel Awards. 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Melody Patterson is an actress best known for her role as Wrangler Jane in the 1960s TV series F Troop. ... Kauai (usually called Kauai outside the Hawaiian Islands) is the oldest and fourth largest of the main Hawaiian Islands, having an area of 1,446 km² . Known also as the Garden Isle, Kauai lies 105 miles (170 kilometers) across the Kauai Channel, northwest of Oahu. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ...

Between movie and theatre roles, Jim was also much in demand for television guest appearances, which included parts in Studio One, G.E. Theatre, Bus Stop, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, The Eleventh Hour, The Great Adventure, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Wagon Train, Great Adventure, Combat, The Virginian, Twelve O'Clock High, Tarzan and a particularly chilling performance as baby-faced opium dealer 'Johnny Lubin' in The Untouchables episode, Death For Sale.

Though not all his movie characters were 'starring roles,' and some of them were quite brief, for the most part they were pivotal to the plot. His role in The Bedford Incident was that of a young ensign who became so rattled by the needling of his Captain (Richard Widmark), that he accidentally fired an atomic weapon, thus (we are given to understand) starting World War III. Richard Widmark in Kiss of Death Richard Widmark (born December 26, 1914 in Sunrise, Minnesota) is an American film actor. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

In The Battle of the Bulge he again played the role of a young and inexperienced officer. This time, however, the officer found courage and a sense of responsibility. It was his brief but memorable appearance in the Clint Eastwood movie, Hang 'Em High, that eventually led him to the role of Dan Williams in Hawaii Five-0.


"Hawaii Five-0"

In 1967, Leonard Freeman, the producer of Hang 'Em High, produced the pilot for a new television cop show, Hawaii Five-0. Before the pilot went to air, it was shown to a test audience. The show was well received, but the audience did not like the actor playing the role of Dan Williams. Freeman remembered the actor who had appeared as the traveling preacher in Hang 'Em High, who came on the set, did the scene in one take and was gone. He called James MacArthur and offered him the role of Dan Williams. Leonard Freeman (died January 20, 1974) was an American television writer and producer whose most famous achievement was the creation of the CBS television network series Hawaii Five-O in 1968. ...

Hawaii Five-0, one of the most successful shows in television history, ran for twelve years, and gave MacArthur an eleven year run on a television series. Leaving Hawaii Five-0 at the end of its eleventh season, Jim returned to the theatre in The Lunch Hour with Cybill Shepherd. Cybill Lynne Shepherd Cybill Lynne Shepherd (born February 18, 1950 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American actress and singer, best known as the character Maddie Hayes on the groundbreaking ABC show Moonlighting. // Early success Named after her Grandfather Cy and Father Bill, at age sixteen Cybill Shepherd won the 1966...

He appeared in A Bedfull of Foreigners in Chicago in 1984, and in Michigan in 1985. He followed this with The Hasty Heart, before taking a year out of showbusiness. In 1987, he returned to the stage in The Foreigner, then played Mortimer in the national tour of Arsenic and Old Lace with Jean Stapleton, Marion Ross and Larry Storch. In 1989, he followed another stint in The Foreigner with Love Letters and, in 1990 – 1991, A Bedfull of Foreigners, this time in Las Vegas. Jean Stapleton Jean Stapleton (born Jeanne Murray on January 19, 1923 in New York City) is an American actress. ... Marion Ross (born October 25, 1928) is an American actress. ... Larry Storch (born January 8, 1923) is an American actor best known for his comedic television roles, including voiceover work for cartoons, and his live-action role the bumbling Corporal Randolph Agarn on F Troop. ...

Since leaving Hawaii Five-0, Jim has also guest-starred on such TV shows as Murder, She Wrote, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island and Vega$, as well as in the mini series Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story and The Night the Bridge Fell Down, and in the 1998 TV movie Stormchasers: Revenge of the Twister, with Kelly McGillis. McGillis as seen on the cover of the Top Gun DVD Kelly McGillis (born 9 July 1957 in Newport Beach, California, USA) is an American actress, whose notable movies include Witness (for which she received a Golden Globe nomination), Top Gun and The Accused. ...



Throughout his career, Jim has also found time for various other ventures. During 1959 – 1960, between movie and theatrical successes, he was a partner with actor James Franciscus and Alan Ladd, Jr. in a Beverly Hills telephone answering service; in June 1972 he directed The Honolulu Community Theatre in a production of his father's play The Front Page, and for a while in the 1990s he was part owner of Senior World publication as well as writing the occasional celebrity interview. James Grover Franciscus (January 31, 1934 – July 8, 1991) was a leading and supporting American actor. ... Alan Ladd Jr. ...

In the year 2000, he joined the ranks of those celebrities who have been awarded their own 'sidewalk star' in Palm Springs. These days, Jim enjoys spending time with his third wife, H. B. Duntz, his four children and six grandchildren. He continues to make personal appearances at conventions and 'Collectors' Shows,' to greet fans and sign autographs, and at celebrity sporting events. A keen golfer, he was the winner of the 2002 Frank Sinatra Invitational Charity Golf Tournament.

He is still much in demand for television and radio specials and interview programs. His most recent appearances include spots on Entertainment Tonight, Christophers Closeup and the British BBC 5 Radio obituary programme, Brief Lives, in which he paid a moving tribute to late Hawaii Five-0 cast mate, Kam Fong. Kam Fong Chun played Chin Ho Kelly on the CBS television series Hawaii Five-O for ten years. ...

In April, 2003, Jim traveled to Honolulu for a brief return to the stage in a cameo role in Joe Moore's play Dirty Laundry, appearing as a priest accused of molestation. Joe Moore is a television actor and anchor of KHON2 News. ...

With many of his films now being released in DVD format, Jim has found a new audience, as he has provided interviews and 'behind the scenes' commentary to be included as 'extras' with DVDs of not only his own movies, but also those of his mother, Helen Hayes.

Rumors persist, about another attempt at a movie version of Hawaii Five-0, leaving die-hard fans with the hope that Jim will once more be seen in the role that he made famous. He comments, "I certainly would not be playing Danno but perhaps some sort of character ... maybe an old man leering at the young girls on the beach!!"

Jim is also developing a one man show based on his life and career, which he has tested at a couple of venues near his home, with encouraging results.


External links

  • Official James MacArthur International Fan Club
  • James MacArthur Official Website
  • James MacArthur at the Internet Movie Database

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