Clifton James Biography

Birthday: 1921-05-29
Place of Birth: Spokane, Washington USA
Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Wiki Biography: Blustery, stocky, loud although often genial character actor who has created a niche for himself playing often frustrated and fast talking Southern characters.....most noticeably as "Sheriff J.W. Pepper" alongside Roger Moore in the James Bond spy adventure Live and Let Die (1973), plus his character returned to assist 007 again in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). He may have perfected a Southern drawl, however Clifton James was actually born in New York in May 1921, a graduate of the Actors Studio and was regularly appearing in guest roles on 1950's / 60's TV shows including "Gunsmoke" (1955), "Bonanza" (1959) and "The Virginian" (1962). He was also busy in the cinema with minor roles in classy productions, such as Cool Hand Luke (1967), Will Penny (1968) and The New Centurions (1972). After his 007 escapades, James remained busy putting in a great dramatic performance in The Deadly Tower (1975) (TV), played another loud-mouthed Sheriff in the action comedy Silver Streak (1976) and was superb as team owner "Charles Comiskey" in the dramatization of the 1919 Chicago White Sox scandal, Eight Men Out (1988). He's been quieter in recent years, but recently showed he could still contribute an enjoyable performance in the wonderful John Sayles movie Sunshine State (2002).

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Texas Striker Bellman #2 1980
The Contender (1980) Tompkins 1980 - 1980
Lone Star Hollis 1996 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Strange One 1957 Drama
Experiment in Terror 1962 Comedy, Game Show
David and Lisa 1963 Drama
Black Like Me 1964
Cool Hand Luke Carr 1967 Crime, Drama
Will Penny 1968 Romance
Tick! Tick! Tick! D.J. Rankin 1970 Drama, Action
The Biscuit Eater Mr. Eben 1972 Drama, Family
The New Centurions 1972 Crime, Drama
The Iceman Cometh Pat McGloin 1973
The Werewolf of Washington 1973
Live and Let Die Sheriff J.W. Pepper 1973 Game Show
The Last Detail 1973
Bank Shot Streiger 1974
The Man with the Golden Gun Sheriff J.W. Pepper 1974 Game Show
Buster and Billie 1975 Crime, Drama
Rancho Deluxe 1975 Comedy
Silver Streak 1976 0, Comedy, Biography, Game Show
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training 1977 0
Superman II Sheriff 1981 Action, Sci Fi
Where Are The Children? 1986
Eight Men Out Charles 'Commie' Comiskey 1988 Drama, History, Sport
The Bonfire of the Vanities 1990 Comedy, Drama
Lone Star 1996 0, Game Show, Biography
Interstate 84 Buddy 2000 Drama, Mystery
Sunshine State Buster Bidwell 2002 0
Raising Flagg Ed McIvor 2006 0
Old Soldiers Bill Wilder 2015 Adventure, Comedy, Drama