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Jameson Parker Was Injured by Gunman While Defending His Wife & Experienced ‘Look of Pure Evil'

Stephen Thompson
Nov 28, 2021
07:20 A.M.
Jameson Parker is an entertainer who has managed to keep himself in the spotlight for many decades. Yet, despite his fame, many are unaware that the actor escaped death after being shot twice.
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Francis Jameson Parker Jr., popularly addressed as Jameson Parker, is well known for his career as an American actor. Born in Baltimore, the Hollywood star has been in the movie industry for several years and has stamped his place as one of the best entertainers in the world.

Seeing Parker achieve his dreams of being one of Hollywood's best is fantastic, as he had quite a turbulent childhood. The actor claimed that he attended ten boarding schools in thirteen years while growing up and was kicked out of two.

Jameson Parker and Gerald McRaney in a promotional photoshoot for "Simon & Simon," circa 1981 [left]. Jameson Parker and Gerald McRaney in promotional photoshoot for TV show "Promised Land," 1997 [right] | Photo: Getty Images

Jameson Parker and Gerald McRaney in a promotional photoshoot for "Simon & Simon," circa 1981 [left]. Jameson Parker and Gerald McRaney in promotional photoshoot for TV show "Promised Land," 1997 [right] | Photo: Getty Images

PARKER'S CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD

However, the icon was more intent on putting the broken pieces of his life together. In 1972, he graduated with a Beloit degree in Theatre Arts, shortly after working in production at the Arena Stage in Washington D.C.

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Parker's graduation opened new doors for him, and soon, he got his first break, featuring in a commercial for a breath mint. The Hollywood star also got roles in movies like "Somerset" and "One Life To Live."

In 1980, he eventually moved to Los Angeles, where he attained international fame. The following year, Parker was privileged to be a part of the show "Simon & Simon," which aired on CBS for eight seasons from 1981 to 1989 and was a big hit.

Jameson Parker on set on  January 14, 1980 | Photo: Getty Images

Jameson Parker on set on January 14, 1980 | Photo: Getty Images

The actor was known as Andrew Jackson "A. J." Simon. Decades have passed since the show ended, but Parker never gave up acting.

He has since starred in a variety of Television series and films. He has kept busy appearing on shows like "Murder, She Wrote," John Carpenter's "Prince of Darkness," and "Magnum, P.I."

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WHO IS DARLEEN CARR?

Although Parker loves appearing on the big screen, he also ensures that his personal life is as admirable as his professional life. He is a family man and is currently married to the love of his life, Darleen Carr.

Actor Jameson Parker attends Ben Johnson Pro-Celebrity Rodeo on August 11, 1989 | Photo: Getty Images

Actor Jameson Parker attends Ben Johnson Pro-Celebrity Rodeo on August 11, 1989 | Photo: Getty Images

Like her husband, Carr is no stranger to show business. Born on December 12, 1950, she is an actress and has appeared in movies such as "The Jungle Book," "The Streets of San Francisco," and "Once An Eagle."

WHY WAS PARKER SHOT?

Parker and Carr tied the knot on June 18, 1992, and have stayed married for almost three decades. Together, the couple has weathered storms and fought through challenging situations, including a near-death experience for the "Simon & Simon" star.

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On October 1, 1992, Parker escaped death after being shot twice by a neighbor identified as Robert St. George during an alleged brawl. The actor claimed he had gone to the culprit's house to confront him over some nasty words he said to Carr earlier that evening during a court trial.

Actor Jameson Parker attends Scott Newman Awards Gala on November 11, 1983  | Photo: Getty Images

Actor Jameson Parker attends Scott Newman Awards Gala on November 11, 1983 | Photo: Getty Images

Carr had previously explained that she was walking her and Parker's three dogs when St. George, who lived around, yelled at her, insisting that she remove her dog's droppings from his lawn.

In her response, the actress protested that her dogs did not relieve themselves on St George's lawn, and an argument ensued.

Later that evening, when Parker came home, Carr reported the incident to her husband, pleading that he let sleeping dogs lie, but the actor was adamant. He went to St George's apartment, and what began as a normal conversation soon escalated.

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Jameson Parker and  Gerald McRaney on January 15, 1980. | Photo: Getty Images

Jameson Parker and Gerald McRaney on January 15, 1980. | Photo: Getty Images

The culprit dashed into his house, and a few seconds later, he appeared with a gun. The actor said the look on St George's face screamed "pure evil," and without hesitation, he shot Parker twice — under his left armpit and behind his upper right arm.

Parker barely made it back to his house and was immediately rushed to the hospital, where he spent a night before being discharged.

In the end, the shooter was charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. He was eventually sentenced to nine years in the state prison by a Van Nuys Superior Court jury.

Gerald McRaney at the Eighth Annual Prism Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on April 29, 2004 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images

Gerald McRaney at the Eighth Annual Prism Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on April 29, 2004 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images

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GERALD MCRANEY TALKS ABOUT A REUNION SHOW

During his time on "Simon & Simon," Parker played the onscreen brother of Richard "Rick" Simon, portrayed by Gerald McRaney. Although it has been years since McRaney starred in the hit series, he said he would still love a reunion.

Four years ago, McRaney was a guest on Los Angeles Times, where a fan asked if he would like a reunion. In his response, the star revealed that they had done a reunion show many years ago, but he would still love another one.

Most importantly, McRaney still keeps in touch with his colleagues from the series. In the interview, he noted that he talked to Parker once every month, and they still go fishing and hunting.

Gerald McRaney attends the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 8, 2018. | Photo: Getty Images

Gerald McRaney attends the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 8, 2018. | Photo: Getty Images

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PARKER AS A WRITER

Apart from being a fantastic actor, husband, and father, Parker is also a talented writer. He has been a freelance writer for many years, writing and editing different books.

He is the author of the memoir "An Accidental Cowboy" and the editor of "To Absent Friends." Currently, Parker is 79 years old and continues to inspire many young actors and writers around the globe.

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