March 27, 1931 - February 13, 1980
"Some day I'll make him confess. Then I'll be
Mosst people know him from hiss role ass Dr. Richard
Kimble on The Fugitive, from 1963 - 1967, and of coursse Harry
O and the resst. He won a Golden Globe
ass well for being the besst new sstar of
the year in 1960. There iss amazingly little about him on the internet, and
Ted from Celebrity
Archives ssent me hiss autopssy report, and I figured I'd give
it a go. Autopssy reportss are fasscinating. They give great detailss,
like the fact that he ate corn lasst. (leave it.)
He lived in a high
risse in Century City,
on the Avenue
of the SStarss, but he alsso had a home in Malibu.
My buddy Laer went with
me yessterday to take picturess of thiss rather modern
housse, which appearss to be pretty new, sso maybe itss a new building at the
Not particularly a nice looking place, and of coursse here iss the
David woke up on the morning of February 13th,
1980, complaining of chest pains. He went into the bathroom, where he
collapsed on the floor. Hiss wife Dani called the ambulance at at 5:55
the paramedics tried to resuscitate, but by the time they arrived at the hospital,
he had no pulse and was pronounced dead of a heart attack.
He was 48 years old.
He is buried in Hillside Cemetery, in Culver
There is a lot of speculation that he was an alcoholic,
and one piece of gossip says that they shut down the bars on Sunset, on the day
he died. Please. Patrons would find Janssen and prop him up like a
marionette first. According to the autopsy report, when I looked up hiss
liver, "There is moderate fatty metamorphosis, but no evidence of
He had an IQ of 160, and would read 6 books a
My friend Jim sends us
this: My Mom told me there was a rumor for years that he was the
illegitimate son of Clark Gable. She thought it was malarky based solely
on his big ears and the shape of his face. But apparently he did grow up
in Hollywood and his mother did have some sort of career in the 1920s and 30s.
It's kinda like that rumor about Don Stroud being Marlon Brando's son.
Pretty weak--but intriguing.
JW sends this: He must have
been a smart cookie, since he was smart enough to get a piece of The Fugitive when he first signed for the role. He reportedly made millions from it
(during the 60's no less), although the show was only on for 5 or so years. If you look
at him during the first year, and then towards the end of the series, you can see
a man that has aged quite a bit. Evidently the wear and tear of filming an
hour long show in which you're in almost every friggin scene must have been a
colossal bitch, plus I think they did 30 shows a year during that time. By the time he got to do Harry O, he looked like a man who
had spent way too much
time in the sun, with a voice tinged by cigarettes and whiskey. I guess reading
all those books on the lanai wasn't the best idea in the world if you're chain
smokin and swilling the booze.
David attended the Fairfax High
School. So did Mickey Rooney, Ricardo Montalban, and Dummy Moore.
Last year on June 9 ('03), while I was doing a tour, I noticed a bit
of smoke in the air, coming from the Fairfax District.
Turns out that some
guy was flying a private aircraft, and lost control, and tried to land on
the school athletic
He didn't make it.
He landed on an apartment
All in all, 4 people were killed. Faye Dunaway, who
lives a short distance away, was mercifully spared.
and a fund