Actor James Stacy Dies at 79


Photo: James Stacy and Connie Stevens

Variety: James Stacy, who was Emmy-nominated for his role as a wheelchair-bound amputee in the 1977 TV movie “Just a Little Inconvenience” and starred in the Western series “Lancer,” died Sept. 9 in Ventura, Calif. He was 79. His life included marriages to actresses Connie Stevens and Kim Darby, becoming a double amputee after a motorcycle accident, and serving prison time.

New York Times: While filming “Summer Magic” (1963), with Burl Ives and Hayley Mills, in Palm Springs, Calif., Mr. Stacy met and married the actress Connie Stevens, who was there to film “Palm Springs Weekend.” The marriage ended in divorce, as did his second marriage, to the actress Kim Darby, whom he had met on the set of “Gunsmoke.”

LA Times: In 1996, Stacy was convicted of molesting an 11-year-old girl in the first of a series of legal troubles that included allegations of prowling while he was on bail for those charges.The actor attempted suicide after fleeing to Hawaii before sentencing. He eventually served six years in the men’s prison in Chino. Stacy is survived by his partner, Antigoni Tsamparlis, as well as a daughter, Heather Elias, from his marriage to Darby, a grandson, great-grandson and a brother and sister.


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