‘Dynasty’: Blake Carrington Actor John Forsythe Played Iconic Role on ‘Charlie’s Angels’

by Joe Rutland

Before playing Blake Carrington on “Dynasty,” John Forsythe had a voice to hear on “Charlie’s Angels.” Yes, he was the voice of Charlie.

Charlie Townsend, which was Charlie’s full name, would never actually make his physical presence known on the hit ABC show.

In each episode, “Charlie’s Angels,” who were part of his private investigation office, would gather around a phone voice amplifier.

John Forsythe’s Voice Appears Regularly On ‘Charlie’s Angels’

He would usually greet them with either “Good morning, Angels” or “Good evening, Angels.” Charlie’s right-hand man Bosley, played by David Doyle in the famed TV series, would make sure everyone was in place for his boss’ call.

Also, each week viewers of “Charlie’s Angels” would hear John Forsythe’s voice during the show’s introduction. Here’s how that sounded during the show’s 1976-81 original run on ABC.

Movie fans know that three movies based on the TV show have been made. In two of them, “Charlie’s Angels” in 2000 and “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” in 2003, Forsythe reprised his role of Charlie.

But Forsythe came with a hefty price tag. He signed a $5 million contract with director McG to play Charlie two final times. It gave classic TV fans one final time to hear on the big screen the original voice from “Charlie’s Angels.”

Forsythe died on April 1, 2010, at 92 years old from complications of pneumonia.

Forsythe Had Previous TV Series Before ‘Dynasty’ and ‘Charlie’s Angels’

Now if you are a true-blue classic TV fan, then you know John Forsythe had a previous hit TV series more than a decade before “Charlie’s Angels” hit the air.

“Bachelor Father” was on CBS for five seasons from 1957-62. Forsythe played a single man who has adopted his niece. The show featured Forsythe as Bentley Gregg, Noreen Corcoran as Kelly Gregg, and Sammee Tong as Peter Tong.

Bentley raises Kelly after her parents are killed in an auto accident. The misadventures cover not only Bentley’s romantic life but that of his young niece. Tong helps Bentley raise Kelly as his house servant.

The show, while unique for 1950s television in that it wasn’t the “perfect family” situation, managed to draw viewers during its run.

Forsythe, of course, would have lengthy runs on both “Charlie’s Angels” and “Dynasty.”