Actor James Farentino has passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 73.
Farentino, who enjoyed recurring roles in some of America's biggest TV shows, died of heart failure at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital on Tuesday (24Jan12).
He first came to prominence in the 1960s, appearing in several series and opposite Patty Duke in 1969's Me, Natalie.
Farentino went on to land roles in Dynasty, Melrose Place and in E.R., as George Clooney's onscreen father.
He was also known for his tumultuous personal life - he was married four times and once dated Frank Sinatra's daughter Tina.