John Forsythe, a versatile actor who gained lasting fame as Blake Carrington on the pioneering prime-time soap Dynasty and as the voice of the mysterious Charlie on Charlie's Angels, died yesterday in California. He was 92. Best known at the time as the affable star of Bachelor Father, Forsythe played a villainous judge in the 1979 Al Pacino vehicle And Justice for All, demonstrating he had the chops to channel the scheming Blake Carrington.
A New Jersey native who was raised in Brooklyn, Forsythe broke into show business as a Dodgers announcer after dropping out of college, the New York Times reports. He later moved into radio acting and soon launched both stage and film careers. "I've had an interesting life for a guy who stumbled into the whole acting business," he said in a 1992 interview with the Los Angeles Times.