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James MacArthur


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Birth Name: James MacArthur
Born: 12/08/1937
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Death Place: Florida, USA
Died: 10/28/2010

Born Dec. 8, 1937 in Los Angeles, he was adopted by acclaimed stage actress Helen Hayes and her husband, famed playwright Charles MacArthur - best known for co-writing with Ben Hecht the comedies "The Front Page" and "Twentieth Century." The couple named him James Gordon MacArthur and raised him in Nyack, NY. The leading lights of the American stage were a constant presence in his house during his early years; Lillian Gish was his godmother, while figures like John Barrymore, John Steinbeck, Robert Benchley and Harpo Marx were frequent guests. MacArthur himself made his performing debut at the age of 11 in a radio drama opposite his mother. A year later, he joined his sister Mary in a produc...

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