Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Tearful Farewell...

'Hawaii Five-O' Actor James MacArthur Dead at 72

James MacArthur, best known through the catchphrase "Book 'em, Danno" from the original "Hawaii Five-O," died Thursday. He was 72.
His family was at his side at the time of his death, according to a statement. No further details, including a cause, were given.
The actor son of famed screenwriter Charles MacArthur and theater legend Helen Hayes played Detective Dan Williams on the original 1970s TV series for 11 seasons. He also made several films, including Disney's "Swiss Family Robinson" and "The Battle of the Bulge."
Peter Lenkov, executive producer of the new "Hawaii Five-O" remake, sent regards to MacArthur's family. "We've lost a special part of our heritage today," Lenkov said in a statement to "James' talents and memorable role helped bring this series to life and his support of our remake meant the world to us."

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(Jim MacArthur was a very kind, gentlemanly man. I had the privilege of exchanging several e-mail messages with him a few years ago, and I could not have asked for more kindness than I received in his messages. He told me to call him 'Jim', and was very polite and friendly in his responses to my messages. I felt he was more than just a stranger whom I was chatting with via e-mail. I felt he was a friend whom I had long admired from a distance for his acting talent, and whom I was not surprised to find was also a wonderful person in real life. I also feel as though I can say I knew him, a little, and was befriended by him on the internet. He is well loved by millions of fans internationally, and will be mourned and very much missed by all of them, especially me. RIP, Jim. It was an honor knowing you and sharing in your long and multi-faceted acting career. My condolences to your family and friends. Anna)

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