Clifton James made his Broadway debut in William Saroyan's The Cave Dwellers in 1956 and has since appeared in 40 Broadway and off-Broadway productions including five Pulitzer Prize-winning plays J.B., All The Way Home, The Time of Your Life, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Shadow Box. He appeared in A Sense of Humor with Jack Lemmon at Circle in the Square, in American Buffalo with Al Pacino and at the Booth Theatre in Total Abandon. In 1959, he was acclaimed for his portrayal of Willie Stark in Robert Penn Warren's All The King's Men. He has appeared on all the major television networks including England's BBC and for two years was Striker Bellman on the soap opera Texas. His extensive Shakespearean credits include the roles of Casca, Sir Toby Belch, Stephano, Bottom, Ajax and Enobarus. He has been featured in thirty motion pictures and one of his most memorable film roles was J.W. Pepper, the redneck sheriff in the James Bond films. Other movies include John Sayles' EIGHT MEN OUT, LONE STAR, SHE-DEVIL, DAVID AND LISA, COOL HAND LUKE, THE CHASE, WILL PENNY, THE NEW CENTURIONS, RANCHO DELUXE, THE LAST DETAIL, THE UNTOUCHABLES, THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES, etc. Mr. James is a graduate of the University of Oregon and a member of the Actors Studio.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.
Clifton James Facts
|May 29, 1921 (102)
|New York, New York, USA