James MacArthur dead at 72


He was Danny “Danno” Williams in the original “Hawaii Five-0” and heard Jack Lord’s Steve McGarrett frequently say “Book ’em Danno.” Now James MacArthur has died at age 72.

There had been some talk of having MacArthur make a cameo appearance in the new “Hawaii Five-0” on CBS, but that didn’t come about. The actor grew up in show businesses. He was adopted as an infant by famed actress Helen Hayes and her husband, playwright Charles MacArthur.

James MacArthur’s family didn’t disclose a cause of death, but said he died peacefully with his entire family at his side.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that Rose Freeman, the widow of Five-0 creator Leonard Freeman, spoke with MacArthur by phone just a few hours before his death.