John Forsythe passed away yesterday at age 92. Forsythe had an enduring, decades-long career on series like The John Forsythe Show and Bachelor Father. But for many of us, he earned his enduring place in the pop culture pantheon with two indelible characters: Charlie on Charlie’s Angels (it was a measure of Forsythe’s authority that he was totally memorable as a voice over the phone) and Blake Carrington on the lavish ’80s soap Dynasty. I started watching Dynasty on the sly when I was probably too young, and I still count it as my first grown-up TV experience. Part of my pleasure in watching was that no matter how much the impossibly wealthy Carringtons schemed and fought, the silver-haired Forsythe was always there as the firm, magnetic patriarch.Today, my mind drifted somewhere it hasn’t been to in a while: thoughts of Dynasty. In case you missed the news, the great TV actor
Read some tributes from Forsythe’s friends after the jump.
Some of Forsythe’s friends and costars have weighed in on his passing:
Pamela Sue Martin told EW: “John had a great wit. He was very funny. He was a very warm, loving person. I really thought of him like my own father. We had this irreverent humor together. I thought of him so much like a father that I asked him to walk me down the aisle in my real wedding. He was a very special man. I’m glad he lived a long, full, wonderful life.”
Joan Collins said in a statement: “He was one of the last of the true gentlemen of the acting profession. I enjoyed our nine years of feuding, fussing, and fighting as the Carringtons. And I was so glad to have had the chance to reunite with him a few years ago in the Dynasty reunion. He will be greatly missed.”
Heather Locklear said in a statement: “John was a gentleman in every sense of the word. He was a gifted actor who knew the true meaning of being gracious and kind.”
Kate Jackson said in a statement: “John was a consummate professional. He was elegant and kind to everyone. He was the voice of Charlie, and when he called, the angels were always happy to answer. I miss him, and I miss knowing that he is here. If there is a heaven, I know that’s where he is now.”
What are your favorites memories of Forsythe?