James MacArthur, regular on ‘Hawaii Five-0,’ dies at 72


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James MacArthur, the actor who played Danny Williams in the long-running TV series ‘Hawaii Five-0’ and starred in the Disney films ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ and ‘Kidnapped,’ died Thursday, according to a publicist for Paramount Home Entertainment. He was 72.

From 1968 to 1979, MacArthur was a regular character on the original TV series, which was filmed in Hawaii. He starred opposite Jack Lord, who as Steve McGarrett had the oft-repeated line, ‘Book ‘em, Danno.’ A revamped version of the series is running this season on CBS.


Born Dec. 8, 1937, MacArthur was the adopted son of writer Charles MacArthur and actress Helen Hayes.

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-- Claire Noland