James Stacy

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James Stacy
James Stacy 1968.JPG
Stacy in 1968.
BornMaurice William Elias
(1936-12-23) December 23, 1936 (age 77)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesJim Stacey
Jim Stacy
OccupationActor
Years active1957 – 1991
Spouse(s)

Connie Stevens (m. 1963; div. 1966)

Kim Darby (m. 1968; div. 1969)
Children1
Website
http://www.jamesstacy.com/
 
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James Stacy
James Stacy 1968.JPG
Stacy in 1968.
BornMaurice William Elias
(1936-12-23) December 23, 1936 (age 77)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesJim Stacey
Jim Stacy
OccupationActor
Years active1957 – 1991
Spouse(s)

Connie Stevens (m. 1963; div. 1966)

Kim Darby (m. 1968; div. 1969)
Children1
Website
http://www.jamesstacy.com/

James Stacy (born December 23, 1936)[1] is a former American film and television actor. A motorcycle crash left him a multiple amputee and killed his girlfriend in 1973. After his recovery, he returned to acting in 1975 before retiring in 1991.

Early life and career[edit]

Stacy was born Maurice William Elias in Los Angeles, California to an Irish-Scottish waitress and a Lebanese-American bookmaker.[2] Stacy made his film debut in 1957's Sayonara, and his television debut in Highway Patrol. He had a recurring role as "Fred" in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet from 1958-1963. In the 1960s he sporadically appeared in TV shows, including Gunsmoke, Hazel, The Donna Reed Show, Have Gun - Will Travel, Perry Mason, and Combat! In 1966 he appeared on the final episode of Perry Mason as actor and murder victim Barry Conrad in "The Case of the Final Fade-Out." As an television actor, Stacy is best remembered as a star on the Western series Lancer on CBS from 1968-1970. He played the character "Johnny Madrid Lancer", a former gunslinger.

In addition to television roles, Stacy was also in several motion pictures from the 1950s through the 1970s, including a minor part in the musical South Pacific.

Motorcycle accident[edit]

On September 27, 1973, a drunk driver struck Stacy and his girlfriend, waitress Claire Cox, while they were riding tandem on a motorcycle. Cox died of her injuries, and Stacy lost his left arm and leg.[2][3] Stacy's ex-wife, actress and singer Connie Stevens, organized a 1974 celebrity gala to raise money for his expenses. The gala, whose attendees included Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand, raised $118,000 for his expenses.[4] In 1976, he won a $1.9 million landmark lawsuit against the bar that had served the drunk driver.[3]

Comeback[edit]

After his recovery, Stacy appeared in roles created to accommodate his handicap. His comeback film was the 1975 Kirk Douglas Western Posse, in which he was cast as newspaper editor "Harold Hellman", a part Douglas had written for him. In 1977, he starred in the TV movie Just a Little Inconvenience, playing a double-amputee Vietnam veteran. The role earned him his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special. In 1980, Stacy starred in and produced the TV movie, My Kidnapper, My Love. His brother, Louie Elias, a character actor and stuntman, wrote the screenplay, based on the novel by Oscar Saul, to accommodate Stacy’s handicap. Elias was also the associate producer.

Other television appearances included Hotel, Cagney & Lacey (for which he was nominated for a second Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series), and Highway to Heaven. His last TV role was in five 1990 episodes of the cop series Wiseguy, playing "Ed Rogosheske."

Personal life[edit]

Stacy has been married twice. He married actress and singer Connie Stevens in 1963. They divorced in 1966. Stacy's second marriage was to actress Kim Darby in 1968. They had a daughter, Heather, before divorcing in 1969.[2]

Arrest and conviction[edit]

In November 1995, Stacy pled no contest to a charge of molesting an 11-year-old-girl[4] and entered a Ventura County rehab facility.

On December 7, 1995, he failed to appear for sentencing in Ventura County Superior Court. He was arrested the next day in a Honolulu, Hawaii, hospital after having fled California. He attempted suicide by drinking a pint of whiskey and then leaping off a 1,200-foot (370 m) cliff. He landed on a ledge 45 feet (14 m) below, and his high-profile rescue from the peak by Hawaii authorities made the nightly news. After recovering, Stacy waived extradition and returned to California. On March 5, 1996, he received a six-year prison sentence. The prosecutor in the case initially said she believed Stacy might have been eligible for probation for the molestation, but his post-arrest behavior, coupled with two arrests in June 1995 for prowling at the homes of other girls, led her to seek a prison sentence.[5] He served his sentence at the California Institution for Men, at Chino.[4] Stacy, who is required to register as a sex offender under Megan's Law, currently resides in Ventura, California.[1]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1956–1963The Adventures of Ozzie and HarrietFred19 episodes
1957Highway PatrolYoung Man in CarEpisode: "Female Hitchhiker"
1957SayonaraReporterUncredited
1958South PacificSailor/SeabeeCredited as Jim Stacey
1958Lafayette EscadrilleAlan NicholsUncredited
1962ShannonCracker CoeEpisode: "The Jungle Kid"
1962Have Gun – Will TravelJohnny TullyEpisode: "Man in an Hourglass"
1962The Donna Reed ShowDanny
Steve
2 episodes
1962CheyenneLuther JamesEpisode: "Showdown at Oxbend"
1963Summer MagicCharles Bryant
1963HazelEpisode: "The Baby Came C.O.D."
1964–1966Perry MasonScott Everett
Barry Conrad
2 episodes
1964–1973GunsmokeVarious roles5 episodes
1965A Swingin' SummerMickey
1965Like Father, Like SonArtCredited as Jim Stacey
1965Winter A-Go-GoDanny Frazer
1965Mister RobertsEpisode: "Just Getting There Is Half the Fun"
1966Baby Makes ThreeDr. Peter CooperTelevision movie
1966The MonroesPerry HutchinsEpisode: "Ride with Terror"
1966Combat!FarleyEpisode: "The Bankroll"
1968PremiereAndrew BassEpisode: "The Freebooters"
1968Cimarron StripJoe BravoEpisode: "The Judgment"
1968–1970LancerJohnny Madrid Lancer51 episodes
1969FlareupJoe
1971Paper ManJerryTelevision movie
1972Love, American StyleSegment: "Love and the Alibi"
1972Heat of AngerGus PrideTelevision movie
1972Medical CenterNeilEpisode: "Cycle of Peril"
1972The Streets of San FranciscoPeter ForrestEpisode: "Whose Little Boy Are You?"
1972Marcus Welby, M.D.Phil DarrowEpisode: "Jason Be Nimble, Jason Be Quick"
1972Owen Marshall: Counselor at LawEpisode: "Starting Over Again"
1973OrdealAndy FolsomTelevision movie
1975PosseHarold Hellman
1977Just a Little InconvenienceKenny BriggsTelevision movie
1980My Kidnapper, My LoveDennyTelevision movie
1983Double ExposureB.J. WildeAlternative title: Model Killer
1983Something Wicked This Way ComesEd, the Bartender
1985HotelJeremy HaleEpisode: "Saving Grace"
1986Cagney & LaceyTed PetersEpisode: "The Gimp"
1987Highway to HeavenJoe MasonEpisode: "The Hero"
1990WiseguyEd Rogosheske5 episodes
1990Matters of the HeartGlen HarperTelevision movie
1991F/X2CyborgAlternative title: F/X 2: The Deadly Art of Illusion

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "California Registered Sex Offender Profile - Maurice William Elias". Megan's Law - California Sex Offender Registry. Retrieved July 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c James Stacy Biography. James Stacy.com.
  3. ^ a b Misery Worth Millions. Time Magazine. 31 May 1976.
  4. ^ a b c "Hitting Bottom". People 45 (19): 62. 1996-05-13. ISSN 0093-7673. 
  5. ^ Elias, Paul. Actor Stacy Sentenced in Molestation. L.A. Times. 6 March 1996.

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