John James is an American actor and producer best known to television audiences for playing the character of Jeff Colby in both the prime-time soap opera Dynasty and its spin-off series The Colbys throughout the 1980s.
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James is a veteran of daytime soaps, first appearing in Search for Tomorrow in the late 1970s. In 1981, he won the role of Jeff Colby in Dynasty, appearing in the very first episode, "Oil", and remaining on the soap opera until the final episode, Catch 22 in 1989. James played the same role in The Colbys between 1985 and 1987, and one last time in the 1991 TV movie, Dynasty: The Reunion.
James was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role in Dynasty in 1985 and appeared at the 1986 ceremony. The Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film went to Edward James Olmos.
James returned to the genre playing Rick Decker on As the World Turns in 2003–2004. In May 2006, he was cast in the role of Dr. Jeff Martin (the first husband of Erica Kane played by series star Susan Lucci) on the ABC daytime soap opera All My Children. He began appearing the following month. On July 15, 2008, James returned to As the World Turns, reprising the role of demented Dr. Rick Decker.
In film, James starred in Icebreaker (2000) with Sean Astin, Bruce Campbell, and Stacy Keach; in The Cursed aka Peril (2001) with Morgan Fairchild and Michael Pare; in Lightning: Fire from the Sky (2001) with Jesse Eisenberg, Stacy Keach and John Schneider and in Chronology (2015) with William Baldwin and Danny Trejo, all of which were directed by David Giancola.
He produced and starred in Illegal Aliens (2007). In 2012, James starred in the Giancola documentary, Addicted to Fame (2012), about the making of their film Illegal Aliens. In 2016, James produced and starred in another Giancola film — the sci-fi action adventure, Axcellerator which reunited him with The Colbys co-star Maxwell Caulfield while James' daughter Laura played one of the roles.
James has appeared on stage intermittently, from musicals for the producer John Kenley to a 1996 national tour of Dial 'M' for Murder with Roddy McDowall, to playing Captain Keller in Judson Theatre Company's The Miracle Worker in 2018.
James was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as one of the three children of radio broadcaster Herb Oscar Anderson (1928—2017) and his first wife. His brother, Herb Oscar Anderson II, is an actor.
In 1989, James married Denise Ellen Coward (born 1955 in Australia), a model and 2nd Runner-up for Miss World 1978. They have two children. In 2012, James' daughter, Laura, won America's Next Top Model, Cycle 19. His son Phillip is serving in the United States Air Force.
|2022||My Son Hunter||Joe Biden|
|2020||The ObamaGate Movie||James Comey||Online release|
|2016||Chronology||Tom||aka The Lost Day|
|2012||Addicted to Fame||Himself||Documentary; Biography|
|2003–2004, 2008||As the World Turns||Rick Decker||14 Episodes|
|2007||Illegal Aliens||Big Tony||Producer|
|2006–2007||All My Children||Jeff Martin||32 Episodes|
|2001||Lightning: Fire from the Sky||Porter Randall||TV Movie|
|2001||The Cursed||Scott||aka Peril|
|2000||Pacific Blue||S.N.A.F.U.||1 Episode|
|1998||Love Boat: The Next Wave||Ray Kennedy||1 Episode|
|1998||Touched by an Angel||Sam Carver||1 Episode|
|1992||Partners 'n Love||Carey Mays||TV Movie|
|1991||Dynasty: The Reunion||Jeff Colby||TV Movie|
|1991||Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter||Brett Huston||TV Movie|
|1987||Haunted by Her Past||Eric Beckett||TV Movie|
|1985–1987||The Colbys||Jeff Colby||49 Episodes|
|1984||He's Not Your Son||Ted Barnes||TV Movie|
|1984||Finder of Lost Loves||Father Michael Bretton||1 Episode|
|1982||The Love Boat||Di Nardi / Enzo Carducci||4 Episodes|
|1982||Fantasy Island||Corky Daniels||1 Episode|
|1981–1989||Dynasty||Jeff Colby||168 Episodes; Golden Globe Award Nomination|
|1977||Search for Tomorrow||Tom 'Junior' Bergman||4 episodes|
- The Home and Family Show - Dynasty Reunion (2015)
- America's Next Top Model - Laura's Father (2012)
- The Life and Death of Anna Nicole Smith (2007)
- Intimate Portrait (TV series) - Emma Samms (2002)
- After They Were Famous - Dynasty (2002)
- E! True Hollywood Story - Dynasty (2001)
- Denver-Clan ohne Maske (1994)
- The Joan Rivers Show - November, 4 (1991)
- Live! with Kelly and Michael - October 18, (1991)
- Entertainment Tonight November, 11 (1987)
- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade TV Special (1986)
- The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards (1986)
- The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1986)
- The 11th Annual People's Choice Awards (1985)
- Christmas with the Carringtons BBC TV Special (1985)
- Breakaway TV Series (1984)
- Battle of the Network Stars XVI - ABC Team Captain (1984)
- The 10th Annual People's Choice Awards (1984)
- Battle of the Network Stars XIV - ABC Team Captain (1983)
- The Merv Griffin Show - February 12 (1983)
- The Merv Griffin Show - November 6 (1982)
- Miss USA 1982 - Celebrity Judge (1982)
- Battle of the Network Stars XIII - ABC Team (1982)
- Battle of the Network Stars XII - ABC Team (1982)
|1983||Bravo Otto Award for Favourite TV star: Male||Dynasty||Won|
|1984||Bravo Otto Award for Favourite TV star: Male||2nd place|
|1985||Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
|1986||Soap Opera Digest Award for Favourite Super Couple on a Primetime Special||The Colbys||Nominated|
|1988||Soap Opera Digest Award for Favourite Super Couple on a Primetime Special||Nominated|
- "Dynasty's 35th anniversary". Biography.com. January 12, 2016. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
- "The Colbys". Soap Opera Digest. October 19, 2019. Retrieved November 19, 2019 – via PressReader.com.
- "Golden Globes Best Supporting TV Actor: 1986". goldenglobes.com. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
- "John James Joins As the World Turns". April 22, 2003. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
- "John James Returns to As The World Turns". June 18, 2008. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
- "Chronology moves to Poland". September 14, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
- "Anna Nicole Smith Addicted to Fame". Entertainment Weekly. November 29, 2012. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
- "Noted actors to fill roles in local movie". Rutland Reader. November 2, 2016. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
- "Dial 'm' for Murder". 22 January 1996.
- "JOHN JAMES headlines THE MIRACLE WORKER!". 20 February 2018.
- "Herb Oscar Anderson, Crooning D.J. for WABC-AM, Dies at 88". New York Times. February 1, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
- "Herb Oscar Anderson Profile". Music Radio 77. June 27, 2005. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
- "Argentinan picked Miss World". Lodi News-Sentinel. November 17, 1978. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
- "Green Acres". People Magazine. November 1, 1999. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
- "Another upstate Laura for 'ANTM'". Times Union. May 30, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
- "John James Linkedin profile". Retrieved November 12, 2012.
- "Field getting crowded in 21st District". The Post-Star. Dec 29, 2013. Retrieved Feb 16, 2019.
- "Miss USA 1982- Celebrity Judges". You Tube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-19. Retrieved November 12, 2012.
- "Bravo Otto Award 1983". Bravo Archive. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
- "Bravo Otto Award 1984". Bravo Archive. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
- "Awards and Nominations: Golden Globes". goldenglobes.com. Retrieved November 12, 2012.
- "John James & Heidi Bruhl – This Time". Discogs.com. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
- "John James – Painted Dreams". Discogs.com. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
- "Painted Dreams Chart Position". hitparade.ch. Retrieved November 12, 2016.