Emmy-nommed actor James Stacy dies at 80

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James Stacy, who was Emmy-nominated for his role as a wheelchair-bound amputee in TV movie "Just a Little Inconvenience" and starred in Western series "Lancer," died Thursday in Ventura, Calif. He was 80.

His turbulent life included being married to actresses Connie Stevens and Kim Darby, becoming a double amputee after a motorcycle accident, and serving prison time for child molestation.

His partner Antigoni Tsamarlis confirmed his death and said he had possibly suffered an allergic reaction after being admitted to the hospital.

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James Stacy publicity portrait for the film 'Winter-A-Go-Go', 1965. (Photo by Film Favorites/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 22: James Stacy as Barry Conrad in the PERRY MASON episode, 'The Case of the Final Fade-Out.' Original air date, May 22, 1966. Image is a frame grab. Season 9, Episode 30. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
MARCUS WELBY, M.D. - 'Jason Be Nimble, Jason Be Quick' - Aired on November 28, 1972. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) LINDA MARSH;JAMES STACY
MARCUS WELBY, M.D. - 'Jason Be Nimble, Jason Be Quick' - Aired on November 28, 1972. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JAMES STACY
February 1966: American actor and singer Connie Stevens and her husband, actor James Stacy, sitting at a dining table at the premiere of director Russell Rouse's film, 'The Oscar,' Los Angeles, California. Stacy wears a tuxedo, and Stevens is in a satin dress and pearls. The couple was divorced that year. (Photo by Max B. Miller/Fotos International/Getty Images)
American actor Connie Stevens and her husband, actor James Stacy sit at a table during the Academy Award ceremonies, Santa Monica, California, April 13, 1964. (Photo by Fotos International/Getty Images)
American singer and actress Connie Stevens dancing with her husband to be, James Stacy at the Cocoanut Grove, Hollywood. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
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Born Maurice W. Elias in Los Angeles, Stacy appeared on "The Donna Reed Show" (1958) and "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952)" and had a recurring role in "Wiseguy" (1990). He also appeared in numerous episodes of "Bonanza" (1973), "Gunsmoke" (1964-73) and received a producing credit for the film "My Kidnapper, My Love" (1980).

Appearing as a wounded Vietnam vet in "Just a Little Inconvenience" opposite Barbara Hershey, he hoped to encourage other amputees and persons with disabilities to fulfill their goals of living a full life.

After his motorcycle accident, he also appeared in Kirk Douglas's "Posse" and was Emmy-nominated for a guest appearance on "Cagney & Lacey."

Stacy is survived by his partner Antigoni Tsamparlis; a daughter with Darby, Heather Elias; grandson Luk Maxwell; great-grandson Lester James Maxwell, brother Louie and sister Carolyn.


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