James, Clifton 1921–

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JAMES, Clifton 1921


Born May 29, 1921, in New York, NY (some sources say Spokane, WA); son of Harry (a journalist) and Grace (a teacher; maiden name, Dean) James; married Laurie Harper (a writer), May, 1951; children: Mike, Winkie, Hardy, Lynn, Mary. Education: University of Oregon, B.A., 1950; trained for the stage at Actors Studio. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Protestant.

Career: Actor. Military service: U.S. Army; received Silver Star and Purple Heart.

Member: Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Players Club, University of Oregon Alumni Club.


Film Appearances:

On the Waterfront, Columbia, 1954.

Colonel M. N. Ramey, The Strange One (also known as End as a Man ), Columbia, 1957.

Harrisguard, The Last Mile, United Artists, 1959.

Detective Bogart, Something Wild, 1961.

John, David and Lisa, Continental, 1962.

Captain Moreno, Experiment in Terror (also known as The Grip of Fear ), Columbia, 1962.

Tuttle, Invitation to a Gunfighter, United Artists, 1964.

Eli Carr, Black Like Me, 1964.

Lem, The Chase, Columbia, 1966.

O'Reilly, The Happening, Columbia, 1967.

Philippe, The Caper of the Golden Bulls (also known as Carnival of Thieves ), Embassy, 1967.

Carr, Cool Hand Luke, Warner Bros., 1967.

Catron, Will Penny, Paramount, 1968.

Butch Lovemaiden, The Reivers (also known as Yellow Winton Flyer ), National General, 1969.

Speed, WUSA, Paramount, 1970.

O. J. Rankin, Tick ... Tick ... Tick (also known as Tick, Tick, Tick ), MetroGoldwynMayer, 1970.

Whitey, The New Centurions (also known as Precinct 45: Los Angeles Police ), Columbia, 1972.

Mr. Eben, The Biscuit Eater, Buena Vista, 1972.

Officer Maloney SFPD bomb squad, The Laughing Policeman (also known as An Investigation of Murder ), Twentieth CenturyFox, 1973.

Sheriff J. W. Pepper, Live and Let Die (also known as Ian Fleming's Live and Let Die ), United Artists, 1973.

Attorney General, Werewolf of Washington, Diplomat, 1973.

Mr. Hendricks, Kid Blue, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1973.

Pat McGloin, The Iceman Cometh, 1973.

Streiger, Bank Shot, United Artists, 1974.

Chief masteratarms, The Last Detail, Columbia, 1974.

Corrigan, Juggernaut (also known as Terror on the Britannic ), United Artists, 1974.

Jake, Buster and Billie, Columbia, 1974.

John Brown, Rancho Deluxe, United Artists, 1974.

Sheriff J. W. Pepper, The Man with the Golden Gun (also known as Ian Fleming's The Man with the Golden Gun ), United Artists, 1974.

Bill, Bons baisers de Hong Kong (also known as From Hong Kong with Love ), 1975.

Sheriff Chauncey, Silver Streak, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1976.

Lieutenant Murray Quint, The November Plan, 1976.

Sy Orlansky, The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training, Paramount, 1977.

Sheriff, Superman II, Warner Bros., 1980.

Lorrimer, Caboblanco, 1980.

State trooper, Talk to Me, 1982.

Orville Peterjohn, Kidco, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1984.

Maxton S. Pluck, Whoops Apocalypse, Picture Partnership, 1986.

Chief Coffin, Where Are the Children?, Columbia, 1986.

(Uncredited) District attorney, The Untouchables, 1987.

Charles Comiskey, Eight Men Out, Orion, 1988.

Walter & Carlo i Amerika (also known as Walter & Carlo in America and Walter og Carlo i Amerika ), 1989.

Albert Fox, Bonfire of the Vanities, Warner Bros., 1990.

Mayor Hollis Pogue, Lone Star, Columbia, 1996.

Himself, Inside "Live and Let Die, " 1999.

Himself, Artists of Hell's Kitchen (documentary), Palisades Pictures LLC, 2000.

Buddy, Interstate 84, 2000.

Himself, Inside "The Man with the Golden Gun " (documentary), MGM Home Entertainment, 2000.

Buster Bidwell, Sunshine State, Sony Pictures Classics, 2002.

Ed McIvor, Counting Sheep (also known as Raising Flagg ), 2002.

Television Appearances; Series:

Lieutenant Murray Quint, City of Angels, 1976.

Striker Bellman #1, Another World, 19791980.

Silas Jones, Lewis & Clark, 1981.

Striker Bellman, Texas (also known as Another World: Texas ), 19811982.

Red "Kris Kringle" Kilgren, All My Children, ABC, 19961997.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Governor Skerritt, Captains and the Kings, NBC, 1976.

Barber James, Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (also known as The Mad Messiah ), CBS, 1980.

Tompkins, The Contender, 1980.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Particular Men, 1972.

Captain Fred Ambrose, The Deadly Tower (also known as Sniper ), NBC, 1975.

Sam Jordan, Friendly Persuasion (also known as Except for Me and Thee ), 1975.

Sooey, The Runaway Barge (also known as River Bandits ), NBC, 1975.

Jimmy Eakin, Undercover with the KKK (also known as The Freedom Riders and My Undercover Years with the KKK ), NBC, 1979.

Dexter Cody, Carolina Skeletons, NBC, 1991.

Judge Blake, The Vernon Johns Story (also known as Road to Freedom: The Vernon Johns Story ), syndicated, 1994.

Chief Sam Thomkins, "The Summer of Ben Tyler," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1996.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Highway cop, Hart to Hart, 1979.

Jack Gross, Somerset Gardens, ABC, 1989.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Sergeant in charge of National Guard trainees, "Bilko Buys a Club," The Phil Silvers Show, 1957.

Brandon Teek, "Letter of the Law," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1958.

"Killer with a Kiss," Naked City, 1960.

Tom Larch, "Comeback," Cain's Hundred, 1961.

Lou Cutler, "Strike," The Nurses, 1963.

George, "Soda Pop and Paper Flags," Route 66, 1963.

Meltzer, "Go Fight City Hall," East Side/West Side, 1963.

Sam Hare, "The Lady," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1965.

Tenner Jackson, "The Wrong Man," Gunsmoke, 1966.

Big Ben Albright, "Linda," The Virginian, 1966.

Sheriff Jack Hawkes, "Till the End of the Night," Cimarron Strip, 1967.

Hotel owner, "The Real People of Muddy Creek," Bonanza, NBC, 1968.

Barney Ford, police chief, "A Copy of Murder," Mannix, 1968.

Sam Wickes, "Snow Train: Parts 1 & 2," Gunsmoke, 1970.

Mr. Quarry, "Winter Kill," Bonanza, NBC, 1970.

Walter "Shadetree" Burns, "The Deadly Replay," The Six Million Dollar Man, 1974.

"A Fistful of Oats," Young Maverick, CBS, 1979.

"Taxi in the Rain," Trapper John, M.D., 1979.

"Where Have You Been Billy Boy," Supertrain, 1979.

Acting Sheriff Lester Crabb, "Treasure of Hazzard County," Dukes of Hazzard, CBS, 1980.

Cliff Webb, "Last Rights," Quincy, M.E., 1980.

Sheriff Taylor, "The Mighty Myron," The Fall Guy, 1982.

Warden Beal, "Pros and Cons," The ATeam, NBC, 1983.

Sheriff Dawson, "The White Ballot," The ATeam, NBC, 1983.

Nick Claybourne, "Song of the Wild West," Highway to Heaven, 1984.

Ray Dressler, "The Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1988.

Duke Carlisle, "April in Paris," Dallas, CBS, 1990.

Duke Carlisle, "Charade," Dallas, CBS, 1990.

Duke Carlisle, "Terminus," Dallas, CBS, 1990.

Duke Carlisle, "Tunnel of Love," Dallas, CBS, 1990.

Reverend Lester Sinclair, "It's Just a Joke," Night Court, NBC, 1990.

"Leavings," Monsters, 1991.

Jimmy Williams, "Truth and Consequences," Gabriel's Fire, 1991.

Stage Appearances:

(New York debut) First cop, The Time of Your Life, City Center Theatre, 1955.

Robert Kensington, Career, Seventh Avenue South Playhouse, New York City, 1957.

Wrecking crew boss, The Cave Dwellers, Bijou Theatre, New York City, 1957.

First roustabout, J. B., American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) Theatre, New York City, 1958.

Blick, The Time of Your Life, Brussels World's Fair, Brussels, Belgium, 19581959.

Michaud, Sweet Confession, Theatre de Lys, New York City, 1959.

I Rise in Flame Cried the Phoenix, Theatre de Lys, 1959.

Willie Stark, All the King's Men, East 74th Street Theatre, New York City, 1959.

Clem, The Long Dream, Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1960.

Antonio, Twelfth Night, American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT, 1960.

Stephano, The Tempest, American Shakespeare Festival, 1960.

Pompey, Antony and Cleopatra, American Shakespeare Festival, 1960.

Ralph Follet, All the Way Home, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1960.

Brennan Farrell, Great Day in the Morning, Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, 1962.

Polly Baker, A Man's a Man, Masque Theatre, New York City, 1962.

The carpenter, Andorra, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1963.

U. S. Grant, The Last Days of Lincoln, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 1965, then Theater de Lys, 1965.

Fa, And Things That Go Bump in the Night, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1965.

Lawrence Phelps, The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald, ANTA Theatre, 1967.

Title role, Felix, Actors Studio, New York City, 1972.

Joe, The Shadow Box, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1977.

Donny Dubrow, American Buffalo, Circle in the Square Theatre, New York City, 1981.

Ben Hammerstein, Total Abandon, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1983.

Major Tours:

Bottom, A Midsummer Night's Dream, New York Shakespeare Festival, U.S. cities, 1964.

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