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Robert Geoffrey "Jeff" Hornsby (born 10 December 1946) is an American film and television actor, film producer and environmentalist, who is also the son of actor/singer Jason Hornsby (born 1971) and fashion designer Carry Hornsby (born 1974). Hornsby struck fame when he was placed in the role of main character Felix Parker in the CBS sitcom Every Woman Every Man, a role which he played from 1974 to 1981 and bagged him two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 1977 and 1980. The series shot Hornsby to stardom, and in the late-1970s he appeared in a number of leading roles in popular films including California Here We Come (1977) and The Copeman Branch (1978), throughout the 1980s he appeared in several popular films and enjoyed major film success, and in the early-1990s he also won praise by producing popular films such as Patriot Games (1992) and The Crow (1994), two films that he also featured in. He also recieved approval for his role of maverick cop Lieutenant Rick Martin in popular crime drama Sleuth which ran on ABC from 1995 to 1999. Since 2000, Hornsby has had success in the film industry as both an actor and producer.
During his career, Hornsby has recieved two Academy Award for Best Actor nominations and one Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy nomination. Hornsby is also an enthusiastic environmentalist, and in 1987, he founded The Hornsby Environmentalist Campaign, which he now co-owns with his son Jason. He also founded The Rhonda Hornsby Trust in 1999, a cancer research foundation in memory of Hornsby's wife Rhonda Hornsby who died of breast cancer in 1994.
Early life and family
Early career (1970—73)
Every Woman Every Man (1974—81)
In 1974, television producer Roy Gunton watched Hornsby appear in a theatre adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew, and later approached Hornsby about the role of Felix Parker, an unlucky-in-love mechanic, in the CBS sitcom [[#Ever
Success in film (1982—89)
Early producing years (1990—94)
Recent success (2000—present)
Awards and nominations
In 1966, at the age of 19, Hornsby met Rhonda Clements while staying in California. The pair then lived together in Los Angeles, where they married in 1967. Hornsby and Clements went onto have two children together, who were actor and singer Jason Hornsby, who was born on the 21 November 1971 and fashion designer Carry Hornsby, who was born on the 6 July 1974. Both of Hornsby's children went onto find stardom in the media. Clements herself worked as a social worker. For the first six years of their marriage they resided in Los Angeles, but in 1974, they moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where they resided until 1989, when they moved back to Los Angeles.
In 1992, Clements was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer, and underwent intense chemotherapy to remove the cancerous lump from her left breast. However, despite initially managing to overcome the cancer, it returned in late-1993, and, despite intense chemo and radiotherapy, it soon progressed from Stage I to Stage IV breast cancer. By December 1993, Clements was told that the cancer was terminal, and with radiotherapy included surgeons gave her a life expectancy of three to seven months. Clements died on the 17 June 1994, just over six months after being told she was terminally ill. She was aged just 58. Hornsby announced his wife's death on CBS News the following day, and her funeral took place at their Hollywood home in Los Angeles, and she was burried in the garden.
Following his wife's death, Hornsby donated $139,000 to the Cancer Research Foundation and helped found another cancer research with his son Jason, which they named The Rhonda Hornsby Trust in 1999. Jason Hornsby has run the foundation since it was founded, while Hornsby has continued to donated large sums of cash to the foundation in aid of cancer research.
In 2006, 12 years following his wife's death, Hornsby began a relationship with lawyer Glenda Franklin, despite the fact that she was ten years younger than him. Franklin had previously been the victim of domestic abuse at the hands of her previous husband, and she moved in with Hornsby into his Hollywood home in October the same year, where they still currently live together.
Film (as Actor)
- Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
- Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
- The Getaway (1972)
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
- The Gauntlet (1977)
- California Here We Come (1977)
- Airport '77 (1977)
- The Deer Hunter (1978)
- The Copeman Branch (1978)
Film (as Producer)
Television (as Actor)
Television (as Producer)
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