Also at this gathering are “Senator Jack Cassidy” (James Franciscus) and his wife “Liz” (Jacqueline Bisset, which means a Jacqueline is playing a Jacqueline, but can't use that name!) Quinn is immediately interested in getting to know Bisset better and manages to get Franciscus to extend his trip one more day by dangling a former British Prime Minister in front of him, who will be at a later event on Quinn's gigantic yacht. A similar occurrence happened in real life between Onassis, Kennedy and former PM Winston Churchill.
The funeral sequence is unintentionally funny for a couple of reasons. Number one, why is the receiving line made up solely of Bisset, brother-in-law Clarke and his wife Katheryn Leigh Scott (with a prominent Catholic priest to the side)?? Also, the story all takes place in contemporary (1978) times, yet Bisset is done up in widow's weeds that mirror the clothing that Mrs. Kennedy wore fifteen years prior in real life! Did the viewer really need to be conked over the head with costuming that demonstrative? We get it!
In fact, there is a fair amount of roughhousing in the movie. When Quinn isn't canoodling roughly with Tolo or sparring with his son Albert, he's pouncing on Vallone for marrying and subsequently destroying Sparv. He's seen here yanking Vallone out from under his desk and pulling him across the room!
With Bisset off on one of her jaunts, he can only rely on his beloved country and the people (and the dogs!) of it to help salve his tortured heart.
Airport (1970) opposite Dean Martin. When Tycoon was filmed, she was in the midst of a huge torrent of publicity thanks to her wet t-shirt appearance in The Deep the year before.
Franciscus is an Underworld favorite who's been profiled here before. His granite-jawed, clean-cut looks led him to play the role in Tycoon that was based on JFK, but he also went on, just a couple of years later, to play the actual JFK in the TV-movie Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1981), which starred Jaclyn Smith as the title figure! Like Albert, he died far too young at fifty-seven of emphysema in 1991.
This is a picture of Tina Onassis and Maria Callas together.
Typical of the press for this film at the time was the following photo caption blurb: