James Keach

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James Keach
Born(1947-12-07) December 7, 1947 (age 67)
Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)Jane Seymour (1993-2013 divorced) 2 children
Mimi Maynard (?-1993)
Holly Collins (1976-?) 1 child
ChildrenKalen Keach (Collins)
John Stacy Keach & Kristopher Steven Keach (b. 1995)
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James Keach
Born(1947-12-07) December 7, 1947 (age 67)
Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)Jane Seymour (1993-2013 divorced) 2 children
Mimi Maynard (?-1993)
Holly Collins (1976-?) 1 child
ChildrenKalen Keach (Collins)
John Stacy Keach & Kristopher Steven Keach (b. 1995)

James Keach (born December 7, 1947) is an American actor, producer, and director. He is the younger brother of actor Stacy Keach, Jr., and son of actor Stacy Keach, Sr.


Keach was born in Savannah, Georgia, the son of Mary Cain (née Peckham), an actress, and Walter Stacy Keach, Sr., a drama coach, actor, writer, and producer.[1] His brother, Stacy Keach, is an American actor and narrator. Keach received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama, and is also a classically trained Shakespearean actor.

He is a patron of Meningitis UK.


Best known as a producer and director, Keach has also acted, most famously portraying Jesse James in the 1980 film The Long Riders, a film which he co-wrote and produced. Johnny Cash was so taken by the film that he and June Carter became close friends with Keach and asked him to be involved in the development of Walk the Line, which Keach produced.[2] Keach also appeared in numerous supporting roles in films such as National Lampoon's Vacation.[3] He also played a leading role in the 1985 comedy film Moving Violations as Deputy Hank Halik.

He was the director of the 1993 TV series and 1999 film Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman which starred his wife, Jane Seymour, and other episodic television. Most recently he has directed and produced Waiting for Forever and Blind Dating. He directed a documentary, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, about country music singer Glen Campbell and his battle with Alzheimer's disease, that was released in October 2014.[4][5]

In 2010, James Keach received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Holly Collins, sister of Judy Collins. Their marriage produced a son, Kalen Keach.

In 1993, Keach married actress Jane Seymour. Together they had twins, John Stacy and Kristopher Steven, born November 30, 1995, and named after family friends Johnny Cash and Christopher Reeve, and James' brother, actor Stacy Keach. On April 12, 2013 it was announced that the couple has separated and are currently negotiating the terms of their divorce.


Films (Acting)[edit]

Wilbur and Orville: The First to Fly1973Orville Wright
The Noah1975
Cannonball1976Wolfe Messer
Death Play1976Steve
FM1978Lt. Reach
Comes a Horseman1978Emil Kroegh
Hurricane1979Sgt. Strang
Smokey and the Hotwire Gang1979Joshua
The Long Riders1980Jesse James
The Legend of the Lone Ranger1981The Lone Ranger (voice) (uncredited) / John Reid (voice) (uncredited)
National Lampoon's Vacation1983Motorcycle Cop
Love Letters1984Oliver Andrews
The Razor's Edge1984Gray Maturin
Moving Violations1985Deputy Halik
Stand Alone1985Detective Isgrow
Wildcats1986Frank Needham
Evil Town1987Christopher Fuller
The Experts1989Yuri
Options1989Ed Sloan
The Dance Goes On1992James Smith
The New Swiss Family Robinson1998Jack Robinson
Walk the Line2005Warden

Films (Directing/Producing/Writing)[edit]

The Long Riders1980Executive Producer
Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me2014Director


NET Playhouse (TV series) – The Wright Brothers1971Orville WrightNational Educational Television (NET) (Precursor to PBS)
Deadly Visitor (TV movie)1973ABC
Kung Fu (TV series) - The Assassin1973Abe JonesABC
Kojak (TV series) – Girl in the River1973Fred StrongCBS
Ironside (TV series) – The Taste of Ashes1974Walter PortmanNBC
The Rookies (TV series) – Legacy of Death1974Stoney Putnam
Movin' On (TV series) – The Trick Is to Stay Alive1974Ron
Cannon (TV series) – The Man Who Couldn't Forget1974Johnny Cabe
Miles to Go Before I Sleep (TV movie)1975Man in Bar
The Hatfields and the McCoys (TV movie)1975Jim McCoy
The Manhunter (TV series) – Man in a Cage1975Reichart
Police Woman (TV series) – Ice1975Cliff Hummel / Del Franklin
S.W.A.T. (TV series) – A Coven of Killers1975Arlie Warren
Switch (TV series) – The Body at the Bottom1975Dean 'Skip' Crowe
Starsky and Hutch (TV series) – Lady Blue1975James March Wrightwood
Cannon (TV series) – Cry Wolf1976Jo Anne's Brother
Joe Forrester (TV series) – The Boy Next Door1976
Six Characters in Search of an Author (TV movie)1976The Son
The Quest (TV series) – Day of Outrage1976Blue
The Blue Hotel (TV movie)1977Johnnie
Black Sheep Squadron (TV series) – Trouble at Fort Apache1977
Kill Me If You Can (TV movie)1977Officer #1
Starsky and Hutch (TV series) – I Love You, Rosey Malone1977Ed Chambers
The Tony Randall Show (TV series) – Bobby vs. Michael1977Bastian
The Next Step Beyond (TV series) – The Haunted Inn1978
Nowhere to Run (TV movie)1978McEnerney
Lacy and the Mississippi Queen (TV movie)1978Parker
Quincy M.E. (TV series) – A Small Circle of Friends1979Gary Harlan
Like Normal People (TV movie)1979Robert Meyers Jr.
The Great Cash Giveaway Getaway (TV movie)1980Bondo
Big Bend Country (TV movie)1981Ian McGregor
Thou Shalt Not Kill (TV movie)1982Jeff Tompkins
Till Death Do Us Part (TV movie)1982Robert Craig
Magnum, P.I. (TV series) – ...By Its Cover1983Killer
Wishman (TV movie)1983Galen Reed
The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (TV movie)1987Father Vincent Godfrey Burns
Good Cops, Bad Cops (TV movie)1990Frank Moran
Murder in High Places (TV movie)1991Levering
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (TV series) – Hostage1997Brent Currier
Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble (TV movie)2000Dr. Huston
Perfectly Prudence (TV movie)2011Mister
This One 'n That One (TV series)2012Big Jim


  1. ^ "Stacy Keach Biography (1941-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-10-13. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Yahoo! Movies". 
  4. ^ "Indie Wire". 
  5. ^ Kreps, Daniel (October 12, 2014). "Glen Campbell Shares Last Poignant Music Video 'I'm Not Gonna Miss You"". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 

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