John Forsythe (born Jacob Lincoln Freund; January 29, 1918 April 1, 2010) was an American stage, television, and film actor. Forsythe starred in three television series, spanning four decades and three genres: as single playboy father, Bentley Gregg, in the sitcom Bachelor Father (-); as the unseen millionaire, Charles Townsend, on the crime drama Charlie's Angels (-), and as patriarch, Blake Carrington, on the soap opera Dynasty (-). He hosted World of Survival (-). The eldest of three children, Forsythe was born as Jacob Lincoln Freund in Penns Grove, New Jersey, to Blanche Materson (ne Blohm) and Samuel Jeremiah Freund, a stockbroker. He was raised in Brooklyn, New York, where his father worked as a Wall Street businessman during the Great Depression of the 1930s. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn at the age of 16, and began attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.