Hawthorne James

Hawthorne James is an American character actor and director, known for his role as Big Red Davis in the 1991 film The Five Heartbeats.[1]

Hawthorne James
James Hawthorne

Chicago, Illinois, United States
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
OccupationActor, director
Years active1979-present
Parent(s)Robert Hawthorne
A. M. Alene

He is also known for his role as Sam, the injured bus driver, in Speed[2] and for films and television series such as Seven,[2] NYPD Blue[2] and guest-starring on Frasier as Bill in the season one episode "Miracle on Third or Fourth Street".

He was born James Hawthorne in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Robert Hawthorne and A. M. Alene.[3] He earned a bachelor's degree in Theater from the University of Notre Dame, a master's degree from the University of Michigan, and taught Theater at Illinois State University.[4]

James was responsible for his appearance in the funeral scene of Jimmy Potter in The Five Heartbeats, which he based on a scene Shakespeare's Richard III.[5]

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  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (March 29, 1991). "The Five Heartbeats (1991) Reviews/Film; Struggling to the Top With the Five Heartbeats". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b c "Hawthorne James". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Hawthorne James". Filmreference.com.
  4. ^ "Meet: Hawthorne James aka "Big Red"". SPOTLIGHT 5 Things To Know. Retrieved Jul 12, 2019.
  5. ^ "big red - five heartbeats 'FIVE HEARTBEATS' STAR HAWTHORNE JAMES TALKS BIG RED, SHAKESPEARE AND SUGE KNIGHT'S LOVE OF MOVIE". eurweb.com. Retrieved Jul 12, 2019.

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