Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$600 million
DiedMay 3, 1972, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseFrancesca De Scaffa, Adrienne Ames, Mary Mather Smith
FactFinished his career in the films of his friend and drinking companion John Wayne.

Gerald Forsythe is an American businessman and former racing driver. He is the co-founder and former owner of the Champ Car World Series racing team Forsythe Championship Racing.

Early Life

Gerald Forsythe was born on October 31, 1937, in Chicago, Illinois. His father, Russell Forsythe, was a successful stockbroker and his mother, Ruth (née Johnson), was a homemaker. He has two older sisters, Barbara and Beverly.

Forsythe was educated at the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. He then attended the University of Notre Dame, where he studied economics.


After graduation, Forsythe began his career in the insurance industry. He later moved into the stockbroking business, working for his father’s firm.

In the early 1970s, Forsythe became interested in auto racing. He made his racing debut in 1972, driving a Formula Ford car. He went on to compete in various racing series, including the USAC Championship Car series (now IndyCar).

In 1996, Forsythe co-founded Forsythe Championship Racing with fellow racing driver Craig Pollock. The team competed in the Champ Car World Series (now IndyCar). Forsythe sold the team in 2007.

Forsythe has also been involved in other businesses, including real estate and aviation. He is the owner of a private jet charter company, Executive Fliteways.

Net Worth

Forsythe has an estimated net worth of $800 million. His salary is not publicly known.


Forsythe has been married three times. His first marriage was to Bonnie Jean Mahoney in 1960. They had three children together before divorcing in 1974. His second marriage was to Shelley Ann Brown in 1977. They had one child together before divorcing in 1982. His third marriage was to Vicki Fenton in 1984. They have two children together and are still married.

Forsythe has also been linked to several famous women, including actress Farrah Fawcett and model Elle Macpherson.

Physical Characteristics

Forsythe is 6 feet (1.83 meters) tall and weighs 185 pounds (84 kilograms).

General Info

Full NameGerald Forsythe
Net Worth$600 million
DiedMay 3, 1972, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height1.87 m
EducationSewanee: The University of the South
NationalityAmerican, American


SpouseFrancesca De Scaffa, Adrienne Ames, Mary Mather Smith
ChildrenMarsha Forsythe, Jennifer De Bujac
ParentsJulia Armandine Graves, Etienne de Bujac
SiblingsJohn Forsythe, James Forsythe


MoviesKing Kong, Angel and the Badman, Diamonds Are Forever, Big Jake, The Green Berets, McLintock!, Hatari!, Chisum, The War Wagon, The Comancheros, The Undefeated, In Harm's Way, Fury, Hellfighters, Cat Ballou, Dodge City, The Flame of New Orleans, Best of the Badmen, Sundown, Fancy Pants, The Quiet Ame...
TV ShowsGruen Playhouse

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1[on Joan Crawford] Now, there's a formidable lady. Her knowledge of the business of the lighting is something out of this world.
2[Talking about Errol Flynn in 1970] He was a better actor than his publicity gave him credit for. I shared his house, his fights, his liquor and his girls. He was a real man with terrific looks. What happened to him, of course, was that he took to the dope - in fact, he was registered over here in England as an addict - and that destroyed him. God, if he were alive today do you realize that he would be sixty-one - and probably still be a star.


1Dolores Del Rio introduced Cabot to David O. Selznick while he was manager of the Embassy Roof Club.
2A source (Book "Star Stats: Who's Whose in Hollywood" by Kenneth S. Marx. Price, Stern, Sloan Publishers, Inc., Los Angeles, 1979, ISBN 0-8431-0498-8) says that he was first married to Grace Mary Mather Smith, an actress, and they had a daughter born in 1929, Jennifer De Bujac. They were divorced some time in or before 1933. It is possible that Grace Mary Mather Smith is Grace Smith, an actress who did a few films in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
3Tested for the role of the Ringo Kid in Stagecoach (1939).
4Finished his career in the films of his friend and drinking companion John Wayne.
5Was part of a group of actors that John Wayne regularly used in his films.
6Interred at Carlsbad Cemetery, Carlsbad, New Mexico, Division A, Block 48, Space 5.
7Most remembered as Fay Wray's savior from the hairy clutches of King Kong (1933).




Diamonds Are Forever1971Saxby
Big Jake1971Sam Sharpnose
WUSA1970King Wolyoe
Chisum1970Sheriff Brady
The Undefeated1969Jeff Newby
Hellfighters1968Joe Horn
The Green Berets1968Col. Morgan
The War Wagon1967Pierce
The Chase1966Sol
Choque de Sentimentos1965
Town Tamer1965Riley Condor
Cat Ballou1965Sheriff Maledon
Black Spurs1965Bill Henderson
In Harm's Way1965Quartermaster Quoddy
Daniel Boone1965TV SeriesSimon Bullard
Bonanza1964TV SeriesSheriff Reed Larrimore
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1964TV SeriesSheriff
Law of the Lawless1964Joe Rile
McLintock!1963Ben Sage
Burke's Law1963TV SeriesThomas Mathewson
Hatari!1962Little Wolf aka The Indian
The Comancheros1961Maj. Henry
77 Sunset Strip1960TV SeriesSilk Cipriano
The Slowest Gun in the West1960TV MovieNick Nolan
Goliath and the Barbarians1959Alboino
John Paul Jones1959Gunner Lowrie
Guardatele ma non toccatele1959Collonnello Joe Charleston
The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw1958Jack
The Love Specialist1958Mike
The Quiet American1958Bill Granger
Totò lascia o raddoppia?1956Nick Molise
Rommel's Treasure1955Welles
Il mantello rosso1955Capitano Raniero d'Anversa
The Story of William Tell1953ShortCaptain Jost
Tales of Tomorrow1952TV SeriesDr. Tyrell / Sam Thorne
Lost in Alaska1952Jake Stillman
Kid Monk Baroni1952Mr. Hellman
Gruen Guild Theater1951-1952TV Series
Best of the Badmen1951Cole Younger
Stars Over Hollywood1950-1951TV Series
Armstrong Circle Theatre1951TV Series
Lux Video Theatre1951TV SeriesTony
Fancy Pants1950Cart Belknap
Rock Island Trail1950Kirby Morrow
Sorrowful Jones1949Big Steve Holloway
The Gallant Legion1948Beau Laroux
Gunfighters1947Bard Macky
Angel and the Badman1947Laredo Stevens
Avalanche1946Steve Batchellor
Smoky1946Frank Denton
Fallen Angel1945Dave Atkins
Divorce1945Bob Phillips
Salty O'Rourke1945Doc Baxter
The Desert Song1943Colonel Fontaine
Silver Queen1942Gerald Forsythe
Pierre of the Plains1942'Jap' Durkin
Wild Bill Hickok Rides1942Wild Bill Hickok
Sundown1941William Crawford
The Flame of New Orleans1941Robert LaTour
Girls Under 211940Smiley Ryan
Captain Caution1940Slade
Susan and God1940Michael
My Son Is Guilty1939Ritzy Kerry
The Torso Murder Mystery1939Carl Beyersdorf / Ted Healey
Mickey the Kid1939Jim Larch / Jim Adams
Dodge City1939Jeff Surrett
Mystery of the White Room1939Dr. Bob Clayton
Homicide Bureau1939Jim Logan
10th Ave Kid1938Jim 'Silk' Loomis
Smashing the Rackets1938Steve Lawrence
Sinners in Paradise1938Robert Malone
The Bad Man of Brimstone1937'Blackjack' McCreedy
Love Takes Flight1937Neil 'Brad' Bradshaw
Bad Guy1937'Lucky' Walden
Sinner Take All1936Ernie
Legion of Terror1936Frank Marshall
The Big Game1936Cal Calhoun
Don't Turn 'em Loose1936Robert Webster - Alias Bat Williams
The Last of the Mohicans1936Magua
Fury1936Kirby Dawson
The 3 Wise Guys1936Blackie
The Robin Hood of El Dorado1936Bill Warren
Don't Gamble with Love1936Jerry Edwards
Show Them No Mercy!1935Pitch
Let 'em Have It1935Joe Keefer
Without Children1935David F. Cole
Night Alarm1934Hal Ashby
Men of the Night1934Det. Sgt. 'Stake-Out' Kelly
Redhead1934/ITed Brown
Their Big Moment1934Lane Franklyn
His Greatest Gamble1934Stephen
Let's Try Again1934scenes deleted
Murder on the Blackboard1934Addison 'Ad' Stevens
Finishing School1934The Boy / Ralph McFarland - intern
Shadows of Sing Sing1933Bob Martel
Ann Vickers1933Capt. Lafayette Resnick
Midshipman Jack1933Jack Austin
Flying Devils1933'Ace' Murray
Disgraced1933Kirk Undwood, Jr.
Scarlet River1933Bruce Cabot (uncredited)
King Kong1933John Driscoll
The Great Jasper1933Roger McGowd (adult)
Lucky Devils1933Happy White
The Lost Special1932Forest Ranger (uncredited)
The Roadhouse Murder1932Fred Dykes
Lady with a Past1932Party Guest (uncredited)
Confessions of a Co-Ed1931Student at Dance (uncredited)
Heroes of the Flames1931Bit part [Ch. 7] (uncredited)


The Robin Hood of El Dorado1936performer: "Oh Susanna" 1846 - uncredited


The Joey Bishop Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Moviemakers1968/IIDocumentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1952TV SeriesHimself -Actor
The Alan Young Show1951TV SeriesHimself
Texaco Star Theatre1950TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 91939Documentary shortHimself, Horse Show Attendee
Screen Snapshots Series 15, No. 51936Documentary shortHimself
Signing 'em Up1933ShortHimself

Archive Footage

Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2009TV Series documentaryJohn Driscoll
I'm King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper2005DocumentaryJack Driscoll
Legends of the West1992DocumentaryActor in 'Dodge City' (uncredited)
Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker1991Documentaryactor 'In Harm's Way' (uncredited)
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse1954TV Series
Hollywood: Style Center of the World1940Documentary shortHimself
Hollywood on Parade No. B-51933ShortHimself (uncredited)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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