Thursday, October 28, 2010

In Memorium: James MacArthur

James MacArthur, who played Det. Danny “Danno” Williams over eleven seasons of the original Hawaii Five-0, has passed away at the age of 72 in Florida. MacArthur was the last original cast member of the long-running CBS crime drama to pass away, after Jack Lord (Det. Steve McGarrett), Kam Fong (Chin Ho Kelly) and Gilbert Lani "Zulu" Kauhi (Kono Kalakaua).

A rising stage and screen star prior to his Five-0 casting, James MacArthur found his greatest fame playing the boyish, ever-dutiful crime-battling partner to Lord’s ever-stoic McGarrett between 1968 and 1979. He was thirty-one when he took on the role of "Danno" in Hawaii Five-0’s second episode, after the first actor cast for the pilot episode was let go. He remained with the series throughout all but its final season.

His other film roles include Kidnapped, Swiss Family Robinson, Spencer's Mountain, Battle of the Bulge, Hang 'Em High and he made many guest appearances on various television series. The Catacombs extends its deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans.

1 comment:

Mykal Banta said...

Will Saint Peter upon opening the pearly gates in welcome be able to resist saying with a grin, "Book 'em, Danno"? I hope not.