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James MacArthur

James MacArthurAKA James Gordon MacArthur

Born: 8-Dec-1937
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Died: 28-Oct-2010
Location of death: Florida
Cause of death: Natural Causes

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Dano from Hawaii 5-O

James MacArthur was adopted as an infant, by parents very accomplished in film and theater. His mother, Helen Hayes, was lauded for decades as the greatest American actress alive, "the first lady of the American stage", and two theaters on Broadway have been named in her honor. His father, Charles MacArthur, co-wrote The Front Page (also known as His Girl Friday). MacArthur's uncle was one of America's wealthiest men, insurance magnate and philanthropist John D. MacArthur.

In his most famous role, MacArthur played the cop Danny Williams, Jack Lord's sidekick on the original Hawaii Five-O. Lord's grim episode-by-episode closing line to MacArthur's character was, "Book him, Dano". Prior to Five-O, MacArthur starred in Disney adventures including Kidnapped and Swiss Family Robinson. He played the John-Boy character in a pre-Waltons film of Spencer's Mountain, and he had a small but significant role in the taut but forgotten 1965 thriller The Bedford Incident. In the ludicrous 1967 hippie flick The Love-Ins, MacArthur's character hung out on Haight-Ashbury and smoked banana peels.

Father: Charles MacArthur (adoptive, playwright)
Mother: Helen Hayes (adoptive, actress, m. 1928)
Sister: Mary MacArthur (actress, b. 1930, d. 1949, polio)
Wife: Joyce Bulifant (actress, m. 2-Nov-1958, div. 1967, one son, one daughter)
Son: Charles (b. 1961)
Daughter: Mary (b. 1966)
Wife: Melody Patterson (actress, m. 12-Jul-1970, div. 1975)
Wife: Helen Beth Duntz (former golf pro, m. 1984, one son)
Son: Jamie
Daughter: Juliette (mother not publicly known)

    High School: Solebury School, New Hope, PA
    University: Harvard University (dropout)


    Hawaii Five-O Det. Danny Williams ("Dano", 1968-79)

    Storm Chasers: Revenge of the Twister (17-May-1998)
    Hang 'Em High (31-Jul-1968) · Preacher
    The Love-Ins (26-Jul-1967)
    Ride Beyond Vengeance (Jan-1966) · The Census Taker
    Battle of the Bulge (16-Dec-1965) · Lt. Weaver
    The Bedford Incident (Jan-1965) · Ens. Ralston
    The Truth About Spring (1964) · William Ashton
    Cry of Battle (9-Oct-1963) · David McVey
    Spencer's Mountain (16-May-1963)
    The Interns (8-Aug-1962)
    Swiss Family Robinson (10-Dec-1960)
    Kidnapped (24-Feb-1960)
    Third Man on the Mountain (10-Nov-1959) · Rudi Matt
    The Light in the Forest (8-Jul-1958)
    The Young Stranger (1-Feb-1957) · Hal Ditmar

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Appears in articles:
TV Guide, 15-Mar-1969, DETAILS: The Computer Coughed, and James MacArthur Landed in Hawaii, BYLINE: Leslie Raddatz

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