James Denton

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James Denton
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James Denton on January 20, 2006, his 43rd birthday.
BornJames Thomas Denton, Jr.
(1963-01-20) January 20, 1963 (age 51)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Other namesJamie Denton
OccupationActor
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Jenna Lyn Ward (1997–2000)
Erin O'Brien Denton (2002–present)
Partner(s)Deana Carter
ChildrenSheppard O'Brien Denton
Malin O'Brien Denton
ParentsJ.T. Denton (father), Mary Jean Woolslair Denton (mother)
Website
www.jamesdenton.com
 
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James Denton
JamesDenton.jpg
James Denton on January 20, 2006, his 43rd birthday.
BornJames Thomas Denton, Jr.
(1963-01-20) January 20, 1963 (age 51)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Other namesJamie Denton
OccupationActor
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Jenna Lyn Ward (1997–2000)
Erin O'Brien Denton (2002–present)
Partner(s)Deana Carter
ChildrenSheppard O'Brien Denton
Malin O'Brien Denton
ParentsJ.T. Denton (father), Mary Jean Woolslair Denton (mother)
Website
www.jamesdenton.com

James "Jamie" Thomas Denton, Jr. (born January 20, 1963) is an American film and television actor, best known for playing Mike Delfino in the television series Desperate Housewives.

Early life[edit]

Denton was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and grew up in nearby Goodlettsville, the second of three children. His father, J.T. Denton (1930–1993), was a dentist who had served in the military.[1] His mother, Mary Jean Woolslair Denton, died from breast cancer in 2002.

Denton was raised Southern Baptist and became a minister of music at Westmoreland United Methodist Church in Westmoreland, Tennessee.[2]

Denton attended the University of Tennessee where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, majored in television/journalism and earned a degree in advertising. Before he became an actor, he sold advertising for two radio stations. He began acting at the age of 23, at a community theater in Nashville. He eventually moved to California to become a full-time actor. He was for a time credited as Jamie Denton, for example in the film That Old Feeling.

Career[edit]

While living in Chicago, Denton's first role was as "Stanley" in "A Streetcar Named Desire" and his last was as the terrorist "Bebert" in the French farce "Lapin Lapin". In the years that came between the two, JD was a company member at The Griffin Theater and at Strawdog Theater Ensemble. He added a steady string of roles and accolades to his quickly growing list of achievements, including one of the leads in the world premiere of "Flesh and Blood", performing in and composing the music for "the Night Hank Williams Died", and his portrayal of Kentucky preacher "C.C. Showers" in "The Diviners" - which gained him a nomination for a Best Actor "Joseph Jefferson Award" (Chicago's only theater award).

After moving to Los Angeles, Denton continued to perform on stage, usually during hiatus from whichever TV series to which he was attached at the time, and many of the plays, as well as the independent movies in which JD has appeared, have been written by his good friend, Mike Petty. For example, "In Walked Monk", in which JD played the role of "Steven" during the summer of 1999, was written by Mike Petty, as was "Locked Up Down Shorty's", in which JD played the role of "Danny", during the summer of 2001.

Denton has appeared in several films, including That Old Feeling (1997), Face/Off (1997) and Primary Colors (1998).

He has also appeared in various television shows including Sliders, Dark Skies, Two Guys and a Girl, Ally McBeal, The West Wing, and JAG, and has had recurring roles in The Pretender, Philly, The Drew Carey Show and Reba. In 2003, he had the lead role of Special Agent John Kilmer in the short-lived crime thriller series Threat Matrix. In 2004, Denton won his most famous role as plumber Mike Delfino on the series Desperate Housewives.

Since first appearing in Desperate Housewives, Denton has continued to act in various made-for-TV and direct-to-DVD movies such as Assumption (2006), Beautiful Dreamer (2006), Undead or Alive (2007), Custody (2007), Tortured (2008) and All-Star Superman (2011). In 2009, Denton appeared in country star Phil Vassar's music video "Bobbi with an I".

Denton plays guitar in the charity band Band from TV along with Hugh Laurie and ex Desperate Housewives co-star Teri Hatcher, among others. Denton has been cast in Killer in the Family alongside Holly Marie Combs. The movie is currently in development and is scheduled to be released in 2011.[dated info][3] Denton modeled for Daniel Hechter's 2012 Spring-Summer advertising campaign.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In high school, Denton dated country music artist Deana Carter. Apparently he was the inspiration to her hit song, Strawberry Wine. He has been married twice. He was married to Jenna Lyn Ward from 1997 to 2000. On December 16, 2002 he married Erin O'Brien, a personal trainer at Life Time Fitness.[2] They have two children: a son, Sheppard (b. March 2003) and a daughter, Malin O’Brien (b. March 22, 2005). They had a house in Glendale, California.[5] After Desperate Housewives ended, the family moved to Chanhassen near Minneapolis, Minnesota.[2][6]

Denton is part of the owners group of an independent minor league baseball team in Fullerton, the Orange County Flyers (part of the Golden Baseball League), who won the GBL Championship in 2008. The Orange County Flyers play at Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton, California.

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993Thieves QuartetRay Higgs
1994"Basic Football" (short film)The Quarterback
1995Hunter's MoonNick
1996SlidersJack Bullock1 episode: 'The Good, the Bad and the Wealthy'
1996MoloneyRocky Talese1 episode: 'Friendly Fire'
1996Dark SkiesRobert Winter1 episode: 'Hostile Convergence'
1996–2003JAGLieutenant Commander Bruce Carmichael / Geoffrey Roizman2 episodes: 'Hemlock', 'Fortunate Son'
1997That Old FeelingKeith Marks
1997Face/OffBuzz
1997–2000The PretenderMr. LyleSeries regular
1998Primary ColorsMitch
2000Locked Up Down Shorty'sDanny
2000Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza PlaceDr. Howard Zaunaveld1 episode: 'The Monitor Story'
2000Ally McBealJimmy Bender1 episode: 'Do You Wanna Dance?'
2000The West WingTom Jordan1 episode: 'The midterms'
2001The Pretender 2001Mr. LyleTV movie
2001The Pretender: Island of the HauntedMr. LyleTV movie
2001–2002PhillyJudge Augustus RipleySeries regular
2002The Drew Carey Show2 episodes: 'The Man in the Iron Chair', 'Drew Tries Hot Salsa'
2003–2004Threat MatrixSpecial Agent John KilmerSeries regular
2004Jumbo GirlJackShort film
2004–2012Desperate HousewivesMike DelfinoMain character
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2005, 2006)
Nomination -Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2007, 2008, 2009)
Teen Choice award for Best TV actor
2005–2006RebaDr. Morgan2 episodes: 'Date of Mirth', 'The Trouble with Dr. Hunky'
2006AssumptionJohnShort film
ShockerFest Science Fiction Genre Award for Best Actor Fantasy / Science Fiction
2006Beautiful DreamerDr. Kessler
2007Ascension DayBrother John
2007Undead or Alive: A ZombedyElmer Winslow
2007Masters of Science FictionBarney Curran1 episode: 'The Discarded'
2007CustodyJohn Sullivan
2008TorturedAgent MurphyDirect-to-DVD
2010Group SexLukeUncredited
2011All-Star SupermanSuperman/Clark Kent (voice)Direct-to-DVD
2011Karaoke ManSlimPost-production
2011The Book of MatthewPierce KincaidPre-production
2012Hot in ClevelandKerouac Cowboy1 episode: 'Storage Wars'
2012Karaoke ManSlim
2013Grace UnpluggedJohnny TreyCompleted

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Preceded by
Chris Harrison
Host of Miss America
2006
Succeeded by
Mario Lopez