John James (actor)

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John James
BornJohn James Anderson
(1956-04-18) April 18, 1956 (age 58)
Minneapolis, Minnesota,
United States
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Denise Coward (20th April, 1989-present)
ChildrenLaura James
Philip James
 
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John James
BornJohn James Anderson
(1956-04-18) April 18, 1956 (age 58)
Minneapolis, Minnesota,
United States
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Denise Coward (20th April, 1989-present)
ChildrenLaura James
Philip James

John James Anderson (born April 18, 1956) is an American actor, best known to television audiences for playing the character of Jeff Colby in both the prime-time soap opera Dynasty and its spin-off series The Colbys throughout the 1980s.[1]

Career[edit]

James is a veteran of daytime soaps, first appearing in Search for Tomorrow in the late 1970s. In 1981 he won the role of Jeff Colby in Dynasty, appearing in the very first episode, Oil, and remaining on the soap opera until the final episode, Catch 22 (1989). He returned to play Jeff one last time in the TV movie, Dynasty: The Reunion (1991). James was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role in Dynasty (1985) and appeared at the 1986 ceremony along with Ed Begley, Jr., David Carradine, Richard Farnsworth, John Malkovich, Pat Morita, Edward James Olmos, and Bruce Weitz. The Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film went to Olmos.[2][3]

James returned to the genre playing Rick Decker on As the World Turns in 2003–2004. In May 2006, he was cast in the role of Dr. Jeff Martin (the first husband of Erica Kane played by series star Susan Lucci) on the ABC daytime soap opera All My Children. He began airing the following month. On July 15, 2008, James returned to As the World Turns, reprising the role of demented Dr. Rick Decker.[4]

In film, James starred in Icebreaker (2000) with Sean Astin, Bruce Campbell, and Stacy Keach; in The Cursed aka Peril (2001) with Morgan Fairchild and Michael Pare; and in Lightning: Fire from the Sky (2001) with Jesse Eisenberg, Stacy Keach and John Schneider. He also produced and starred in Illegal Aliens (2007). All four movies were directed by David Giancola. In 2012, James starred in the Giancola documentary, Addicted to Fame (2012), about the making of their film Illegal Aliens.[5][6]

Personal[edit]

James was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His father is radio broadcaster Herb Oscar Anderson. His brother, Herb Anderson, is an actor.[7]

In 1989, James married Denise Ellen Coward, a model and 2nd Runner-up for Miss World 1978.[8] They have two children.

In 2012, James' daughter Laura James won America's Next Top Model, Cycle 19.[9]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2012Addicted to FameHimselfDocumentary; Biography
2008As the World TurnsRick Decker14 Episodes (2003-2008)
2007Illegal AliensBig TonyProducer
2007All My ChildrenJeff Martin32 Episodes (2006-2007)
2001Lightning: Fire from the SkyPorter RandallTV Movie
2001The CursedScott
2000IcebreakerWill Langley
2000Pacific BlueS.N.A.F.U.1 Episode
1998Love Boat: The Next WaveRay Kennedy1 Episode
1998Touched by an AngelSam Carver1 Episode
1992Partners 'n LoveCarey MaysTV Movie
1991Dynasty: The ReunionJeff ColbyTV Movie
1991Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless ReporterBrett HustonTV Movie
1989DynastyJeff Colby168 Episodes (1981-1989); Golden Globe Award Nomination
1987Haunted by Her PastEric BeckettTV Movie
1987The ColbysJeff Colby49 Episodes (1985-1987)
1984He's Not Your SonTed BarnesTV Movie
1984Finder of Lost LovesFather Michael Bretton1 Episode
1982The Love BoatDi Nardi / Enzo Carducci4 Episodes
1982Fantasy IslandCorky Daniels1 Episode
1977-1979Search for TomorrowTom 'Junior' BergmanUnknown Episodes

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Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ABC News, Dynasty Turns 32: Where Are the Carringtons Now? John James, access date 24.12.2013.
  2. ^ The Hollywood Foreign Press Association Official Website of the Golden Globe Awards, access date 22.12.2013.
  3. ^ James, John, The Internet Movie Database, access date 22.12.2013.
  4. ^ James, John, IMDB, access date 23.12.2013.
  5. ^ Entertainment Weekly, Director David Giancola and Dynasty star John James on their Anna Nicole Smith doc, Addicted to Fame, access date 24.12.2013.
  6. ^ James, John, IMDB, access date 22.12.2013.
  7. ^ Benjamin, Scott, Herb Oscar Anderson Profile, MusicRadio77.com, access date 22.12.2013.
  8. ^ Coward, Denise, History, Miss World Organization (missworld.com), accessed 22.12.2013.
  9. ^ "Another upstate Laura for `ANTM’". Times Union. May 30, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  10. ^ The Hollywood Foreign Press Association Official Website of the Golden Globe Awards, access date 24.12.2013.
  11. ^ People's Choice Web Page accessed 24.12.2013.
  12. ^ People's Choice Web Page accessed 24.12.2013.
  13. ^ People's Choice Web Page accessed 24.12.2013.
  14. ^ People's Choice Web Page accessed 24.12.2013.
  15. ^ James, John & Bruhl, Heidi This Time, RCA, 1984, Discogs, access date 23.12.2013.
  16. ^ James, John, Painted Dreams, RCA, 1985, Discogs, access date 23.12.2013.

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