Prolific character actor Johnny Seven dies


Johnny Seven, who appeared in 26 films and 600 television shows during a prolific four-decade career, died Jan. 22 of complications from lung cancer at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, Calif. He was 83.

Seven portrayed Lt. Carl Reese on 30 episodes of NBC's 1968-75 "Ironside" series and played Shirley MacLaine's brother, Karl Matuschka, in Billy Wilder's 1960 Oscar-winning film "The Apartment."

Born John Anthony Fetto II in Brooklyn, Seven also appeared in such shows as "Chips," "Naked City," "The Untouchables," "Peter Gunn," "Death Valley Days," "Bonanza," "Gunsmoke," "The Phil Silvers Show," "Batman," "The Wild Wild West" and "Charlie's Angels."

Film credits include roles in "The Last Mile" (1959) with Mickey Rooney, "Guns of the Timberland" (1960) with Alan Ladd and Blake Edwards' "What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?" (1966).

Seven, who got his start on the New York stage, co-wrote, directed, produced and starred in the 1964 indie film "Navajo Run."

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Edith; his son, John Anthony Fetto III; grandson John C. Pollard; and his sisters Terry Guglielmo, Connie Sabatino, Delores Santa Lucia and Jean Loy.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 6 at St. John Baptist de La Salle Parish in Granada Hills. Donations can be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.
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