James has performed in dozens of productions On and Off Broadway as well as at many of the country’s regional theaters. 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 Ralph 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, Leaving Normal, and the voice of ‘Potiphar’ in the Dreamworks animated film, Joseph - King of Dreams.
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, andAlly McBeal.
James directed IAMA member Jaimie Wollrab in Tryptich Theatre’s production of Nocturne and the first IAMA 23 hour play festival. He directed the world premiere of IAMA member Keliher Walsh’s play, The Year of the Rabbit. Television directing credits include episodes of ABC’s award winning series, Once and Again and Beverly Hills 90210.
James began his training at Chicago’s Second City and went on to receive a BFA in Drama at the Juilliard School in NYC.