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James Harlee Bell (December 1, 1891 – October 26, 1973)[1] was an American film and stage actor who appeared in about 150 films and television shows through 1964.

Bell was born in Suffolk, Virginia, and attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

In 1920, he made his theatrical debut as Venustiano in The Bad Man.[1] He worked steadily on Broadway through 1941.

His first film role was in I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang in 1932.

Among his television appearances were four guest roles on Perry Mason. In 1958 he played murder victim J.J. Stanley in "The Case of the Green-Eyed Sister," and murderer P.E. Overbrook in "The Case of the Lazy Lover." In 1960 he played murderer Zack Davis in "The Case of the Frantic Flyer," and murder victim Silas Vance in "The Case of the Lavender Lipstick."

Bell was married to Joyce Arling.


Broadway rolesEdit

  • The Bad Man (1920) as Venustiano
  • A Free Soul (1928) as Bill Wilfong
  • Jarnegan (1928) as Jimmy Fallon
  • Your Uncle Dudley (1933) as Robert Kirby
  • The Last Mile (1930) as Richard Walters
  • Kill That Story (1934) as Duke Devlin
  • Tobacco Row () as Lester

Partial filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b "IBDB: James Bell". 

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