I am a criminal defense attorney and actor based in Ottawa, Canada. As an actor, I am interested in paid work in film and TV productions. Currently, I am engaged with Miami-based author Michael Phelps in trying to package up a biopic in which I would portray the late TV star David Janssen, best known...Expand post
I am a criminal defense attorney and actor based in Ottawa, Canada. As an actor, I am interested in paid work in film and TV productions.
Currently, I am engaged with Miami-based author Michael Phelps in trying to package up a biopic in which I would portray the late TV star David Janssen, best known for his role as Dr. Richard Kimble on the Emmy-Award-winning hit series The Fugitive from 1963-67. We are looking for a screenwriter, producer and director.
The screenplay would be based largely on three books Michael wrote about David. One of the books, "My Fugitive," was co-written with David's ex-wife Ellie, and sold over 1.2 million copies. Michael was a close personal friend and confidant of David's for the last 15 years of his life. All three of Michael's books about David Janssen are sold on Amazon.
David Janssen appeared in 44 feature films, 21 made-for-TV movies and starred in four TV series in a career that spanned 35 years. Without a doubt, his most iconic role was that of Dr. Kimble on The Fugitive. August 29, 2017 will actually mark the 50th anniversary of the airing of The Fugitive's series finale, which held the record for most watched episode of a TV series until 1980.
Adding to the drama and intensity of our biopic, there was of course the very troubled personal side of David's life, which included far too much drinking and smoking and two deeply troubled marriages. First to the much older Ellie, who had been in the midst of an affair with Frank Sinatra when David met her; then to Dani Crayne in 1975. Dani soon took control of David's finances and their marriage quickly deteriorated.
David and Dani had been separated for a few months when a massive heart attack claimed him on February 13, 1980, at age 48.
There has always been suspicion and speculation surrounding the circumstances of David's death, given that he'd passed a complete physical only days before he died, and had no history of heart trouble. There were rumors about him having spent his final night in a threesome with a Playboy Bunny and another woman. About an autopsy revealing high levels of morphine, cocaine and alcohol in his system. These rumors have been adamantly disputed by his close friends. It has also been reported that on the last night of David's life, Dani showed up at David's Malibu beach house unexpectedly, sent the housekeeper home, and offered to make the two of them a special dinner herself.
If you think you would be interested in this project from a standpoint of screenwriting, producing or directing, please get in touch.
Thanks for reading.
All the best,Jason Gilbert