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James MacArthur

Born: 1937-12-08 - Died: 2010-10-28
Cause of Death:
Natural Causes

Death Summary: MacArthur died of natural causes at the May Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

Who was James MacArthur : James MacArthur is famous for his long run playing Danny "Danno" Williams on the long running show Hawaii Five-O. It seemed as though Williams was destined to be an actor as he was adopted by two legendary stage acting legends.

Born in Los Angeles, MacArthur was adopted by Helen Hayes, and Charles MacArthur. His mom was heralded as being the 'First Lady of the American stage', and his father collaborated on some of the most famous stage comedies of the 20th century.

Though he was born into an acting family, MacArthur was very diversified in school. He played basketball, football, and baseball. He was also the president of his class, took part in Drama Club, and actually rewrote the school's constitution.

MacArthur's first credited role came by way of radio in 1948. His mother had accepted a job for the Theatre Guild of the Air, which also called for the part of a small child. He accepted the role. After radio, MacArthur began his career in live theatre. He would continue these productions throughout the 50's, until he'd eventually be discovered by Walt Disney. During his college years when summer break occurred, MacArthur would star in the Disney movies, The Light in the Forest, Third Man on the Mountain, Kidnapped, and Swiss Family Robinson.

After his stint with Disney, MacArthur made his Broadway debut in 1960 playing opposite Jane Fonda in Invitation to a March. This would be his single Broadway performance. Throughout the 60's, MacArthur stayed diversified, appearing in movies, TV, and theater. His big break would come from his appearance in the western, Hang 'Em High, which starred Clint Eastwood. This role led to him landing Dan Williams on Hawaii Five-O.

MacArthur wasn't originally the cast for Dan Williams, but audiences didn't like the actor who played the character. This led producer Leonard Freeman to look for a new actor. He had seen Hang 'Em High, and asked MacArthur if he'd be interested in playing the character. He ended up staying on the show eleven seasons, and the show stopped airing after twelve seasons.

MacArthur was married three times, his third wife was who he was wed to until he died. He's survived by his spouse, along with four children, and seven grandchildren.
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  1. Olga Rodriguez Says:

    Rest in Peace, for you according to our Bio had a good life. You brought many of us great moments of entertainment. Thank you

  2. Steven Iannitelli Says:

    Dear H.B.Duntz, MacArthur and Family:
    I Am Very SHOCKED to hear the bad news of Jim’s
    passing. I always ADMIRED him ALL MY LIFE. In 2003 I went to Knoxville, Tennessee to meet him in person at AdventureCon. He thought that I was so kind that he actually put me on his website during the AdventureCon Weekend. I am the person in the black and white shirt standing in front of him at his table in disk# 036. He will always leave an everlasting impression in my mind and never will be forgotten. I have plans to visit him at his grave in Oak Hill Cemetery in Nyack N.Y. for respects and to pray for his mother, father, and sister, Mary as well. LIVE ON JIM.

  3. gary sumner Says:

    always enjoyed mr macarthur in all the different roles of his career. especially the disney movies i thought he would be seen again soomn i’m shocked

  4. gary sumner Says:

    Gary R Sumner

  5. gary sumner Says:

    Have always enjoyed Mr MacAthur’s work, especially the disney movies. I thought we would see much more of him in the future …I shocked

  6. Barney Bush Says:

    The family of James MacArthur:

    I have just heard of the passing of James MacArthur and must say that I and my relatives are deeply saddened. We knew him briefly during the filming of Light in the Forest and found him to be an honorable man. He was kind and curious and lonesome. We wish him well on his journey and express sympathy to his family.

    Barney Bush
    Vinyard Indian Settlement

  7. karen mcginley Says:

    I am saddened by the news of the death of James MacArthur. When I was a young girl, I looked forward to Hawaii 5-0 so I could see “Danny Williams”. I enjoyed his Disney film work also. May he rest in peace

  8. beverly martin Says:

    we miss you

  9. Arlene Hadley Says:

    If he died of natural causes,why was he in the clinic at the time?

  10. Michael Standing Says:

    I love Hawii Five-O and still do. James MacArthur was a brilliant and professional actor who brought much joy into peoples lives – he certainly did with me. May he RIP. God bless.

  11. Velma Brchmiller Says:

    I was raised up watching Hawaii five -0. James MacArthur was a great actor. He was great in all his movies he made. He will be missed alot. May GOD be with his family always. R.I.P. JAMES MacArthur.

  12. Donna Kasper Says:

    I was devastated on hearing that Jim MacArthur had died. You see, we had a ongoing love affair for many years. I loved him with all my heart and I always will. I do plan on visiting his gravesite in the future..I never had closure on our relationship, we tried to get together several times after his marriage to HB, but it never came together. So sorry to lose this man..
    Donna Kasper

  13. BILLY Says:

    many many fabulous memories team is now complete up above so book them all dano and steve!!

  14. Jay Stewart Says:

    You will always be Danno it is sad to hear about your death but God is in charge with you now. Your memories will have stay with me. I liked you when you did Gunsmoke. But best of all Hawaii Five O was Great.

  15. Walter Bonds Says:

    Hawaii 5-0 great show Danno was cool,the man.

  16. michael bartalomy Says:

    book em dano

  17. Ilene Says:

    I just found out that he died a few hours ago. I was very shocked so went to look for more information on Mr. MacArthur. I just can not believe he is gone. I am so sad to read this information. They say medically no one can die of natural causes, there is a actual cause as to why he died. I know that you will be resurrected back to life, during the resurrection time. So see you in the near future. Love, Ilene

  18. Tracey Says:

    Have shead a tear or two over the last few months over the death of James. Grew up watching my childhood hero and will miss him so much. Thanks for all the great films/tv you have left us in which you live on. R.I.P x

  19. Lisa Palmgren Hogg Says:

    So sorry to hear He passed…. I loved Hawaii Five-O I had a major crush on Him…I it was such a good show….He had Depth in his Role….
    …So Very sorry to hear of the Loss to the World…God will take good care of them….Their Passing is Never easy…I know..It is never easy..Blessings to the Family…
    Sincerely,Lisa Palmgren Hogg

  20. Ralph Stukenberg Says:


  21. Christine Taylor Says:

    Will always remember you as Danno.

  22. Christine Taylor Says:

    Will always remember you as Danno.
    Christine Taylor

  23. Ro Silva Says:

    I couldnt believe when my friend called to tell me what happened. I had read a bio on Helen Hayes eons ago so I was familar with James and his his Marys story. I will miss seeing him on the little screen, but Im glad there are youtibe clips and dvds. To the family, I know your grief is immeasureable. We grieve with you.

  24. Dan and Elizabeth Davis Says:

    RIP Danno. you were an incredible man w/ an incredible spirit. No ka oi. Aloha nui loa.

  25. Gregory J Dion Says:

    I saw him in many pitctures and TV over the years…Bonanza, Battle of the Bulge…Spencer’s Mountain, and, ofcourse, Hawaii Five-O…A great actor and human being…I’m retired myself…

  26. LIN Says:

    “Book him Danno”

  27. Lynda Pringle Says:

    I am so sorry he passed away. I enjoyed watching him in Hawaii Five O and remember his mesmerizing blue eyes. May he rest in peace.

  28. Richard Antoniotti Says:

    Before “Hawaii Five O” fame you were in a lot of westerns in the 50’s and 60’s. You had a lot of acting talent and became one of my favorites. Sorry to see you pass away at such a young age. You are terribly missed. You were “one of a kind”. Godspeed to you and your family.

  29. Fred and Helen Evans Says:

    Enjoyed your movies. You will missed Greatly!
    May God bless with you forever.
    Fred and Helen Evans

  30. David miller Says:

    Man he made the show . He was the greatest person in the show .it’s to bad that he past he would have made the new five o show more interesting. Isn’t there any way to reincarnated him by computer and bring him back to the new show that would be cool if they could do it

  31. armand taraborelli Says:

    rip i enjoyed your tv shows

  32. Jacchim sevirenus Says:

    So shocked to learn about his passing. Memories of this fine actor in all the movies and tv programme I’ve seen flood back.But thankfully, Hawaii 5-0 is still being shown in my country. In these reruns, he’s still very much alive! J.M. Is immortalized somewhat.

  33. Isabel Stokes Says:

    I saw His Movie(Swiss Family Robinson),and fallen love with Him.

  34. Isabel Stokes Says:

    I saw His Movie ,Swiss Family Robinson,and Fallen in love with Him

  35. Clint Says:

    Book ’em Dano !!! I loved you in Hawaii Five-0…

  36. Jessica Meehan Says:

    Still mourning your passing. Hope you have been reunited with your mum dad and sister. Your gentle presence is greatly missed.

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