David Janssen (March 27, 1931 – February 13, 1980) was an American film and television actor who is best known for his starring role as Dr. Richard Kimble in the television series The Fugitive (1963–1967). Janssen also had the title roles in three other series, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Harry O and O'Hara, U.S. Treasury.
Janssen died of a heart attack on February 13, 1980, at his home in Malibu, California. At the time of his death, Janssen was filming the television movie Father Damien. Janssen was buried at the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California. A non-denominational funeral was held at the Jewish chapel of the cemetery on February 17. Suzanne Pleshette delivered the eulogy at the request of Janssen's widow. Johnny Carson, Rod Stewart and Gregory Peck were among Janssen's pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers included Jack Lemmon, George Peppard, James Stewart and Danny Thomas. Los Angeles coroner Thomas Noguchi reportedly found high levels of morphine, cocaine, and alcohol in Janssen's body.
A TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO AN EXTRAORDINARY, GIFTED ACTOR, AA AMAZING, HUMBLE, COMPASSIONATE MAN.ReplyDelete
DAVID JANSSEN ~ 27 March 1931 ~ 13 February 1980
REST IN PEACE, MY FRIEND. YOU are always remembered by your millions of fans, and truly missed.
The last sentence of this article (regarding drugs, etc.) is completely false.ReplyDelete
David Janssen died of a massive heart attack (85 to 90% blockages of at least 2 arteries). His autopsy report is public record. It showed no drugs of any kind in the toxicology report. I, too, read the death certificate and autopsy report. I remember that drugs were not involved. For those wondering about David's drinking, someone posted this excerpt online as included on the autopsy report, and it seems to be what I remember reading:
"There is moderate fatty metamorphosis, but no evidence of cirrhosis." The certificate states that David had “complained of chest pains” & that he “died of a massive coronary.” Any doubts, you can always order the report for yourselves.
R.I.P. David from all your fansReplyDelete
A SAD DAY . . . FORTY YEARS HAS NOT EASED MY PAIN, NOR REDUCED MY SADNESS. DAVE WAS AN "ORDINARY GUY WHO LIVED AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE AND GAVE MILLIONS YEARS OF ENTERTAINMENT.ReplyDelete
I KNOW FOR A FACT, DAVE WASA SET AGAINST ILLICIT DRUGS OF ANY KIND. HE HAD SEEN SO MANY TALENTED PEOPLE IN THE TV-FILM INDUSTRY RUIN THEIR CAREERS, AND SOME ENDED THEIR LIVES. I HAVE A COPY OF HIS AUTOPSY - "NO DRUGS" "ONLY A TRACE OF ALCOHOL IN HIS SYSTEM.ReplyDelete
I CAN'T EXPRESS the love Southern People had for David Janssen. The small towns and the dumbass cops reminded me of my home in Georgia.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful actor he wasReplyDelete
Really enjoyed watching all his films and series
Taken way too early
I watched the fugitive series in the 60's with my parents , can't remember much but watching the re- runs now in 2021 , understand it better , what a great actor and superb series the fugitive is . He was taken too early , gone but never forgotten, thank youReplyDelete