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James has performed in dozens of productions On and Off Broadway as well as at many of the country’s regional theaters. This fall he stars in the world premiere of IAMA theater’s production of ‘Redline’. Most recently he starred opposite Bryan Cranston in the Tony award winning hit, ‘All The Way’, He stars in the PBS drama, ‘Murder of a President’ and as arch villain Doctor Knotts in the new Warner Brothers web series, ‘High and Mighty’, premiering this fall.

Notable film credits include: ‘The Avengers’, ‘S.W.A.T.’, ‘Guess Who’, ‘One True Thing’, ‘Junior’, ‘Defending Your Life’,  ‘84 Charing Cross Road’, ‘Fat Man and Little Boy’, ‘Fatal Attraction’, ‘Cocktail’, ‘Big’, ‘Trading Places’, ‘Leaving Normal’, and the voice of ‘Potiphar’ in the Dreamworks animated film, ‘Joseph - King of Dreams’. He stars in two upcoming films: ‘Simple Wedding’  opposite Rita Wilson and the ‘The Boy on The Train’ - a Hungarian independent.

Southland theater credits include the world premiere of Jane Anderson’s ‘The Escort’ at the Geffen Playhouse, Edward Albee’s ‘The Goat’ at The Mark Taper Forum, ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ at The Old Globe, ‘Mother Courage’ at the La Jolla Playhouse, ‘The Downside’ at the Pasadena Playhouse, and the world premiere of ‘Heads’ at the Blank Theatre.

Best known to TV audiences as Jim Walsh on the original ‘Beverly Hills 90210’, James has starred in over 50 episodes on shows including: ‘Major Crimes’, ‘NCIS: New Orleans’, ‘The Good Wife’, ‘Southland’, ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Nip/Tuck’, ‘Medium’, ‘Boston Legal’,  ‘CSI’, ‘West Wing’, ‘Once and Again’, ‘Without A Trace’, and  ‘Ally McBeal’.

This summer, James directed Tryptich Theatre’s production of ‘Nocturne’. He directed the world premiere of EST member Keliher Walsh’s play, ‘The Year of the Rabbit’ at Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA. James was the artistic director of Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA from 1999 to 2001 developing and producing over 20 new plays. Also in LA, he has directed productions at Atwater Village, The Pasadena Playhouse, The Matrix, The Odyssey, The Groundlings, The Lost Studio and The Electric Lodge.

Television directing credits include episodes of ABC’s award winning series, ‘Once and Again’ and ‘Beverly Hills 90210’. James won a CINE Golden Eagle award for his documentary, ‘Protecting the Possibilities’. He has directed two shorts: ‘True Bromance’ and ‘Enos and Emory’.

            James began his training at Chicago’s Second City and went on to receive a BFA in Drama at the Juilliard School in NYC.