James DuMont Biography

Place of Birth: James DuMont was destined for television; his gre
Wiki Biography: Born and raised in Chicago and New York City, James DuMont was destined for television; his great Uncle Alan B. DuMont created the DuMont Television Network of the '40's and '50's, which featured Jackie Gleason in "The Honeymooners", filmed on DuMont television cameras and broadcast in homes on DuMont TVs. James began his career in Chicago as a child model as the 1966 Gerber Baby. Modeling led to television commercials for McDonald's and Sears and professional theatre where he performed in "Peter Pan & Oliver Twist". At the age of 10, James was paid to DJ at Dingbat's Disco in Chicago, where the local bouncer was Mr. T and his DJ mentor was none other than the originator of House Music DJ Larry Levan. This eventually led to his DJing at the famed Studio 54 in NYC and then to his performing with the Joffrey Ballet starring Rudolph Nureyev. DuMont got his SAG card by dancing in the street to Ray Charles in "The Blues Brothers." He then booked his first speaking role in the classic 80's film "Class" with Rob Lowe and Andrew McCarthy. James attended Whitney Young High School with the future First Lady Michelle Obama and was in the 100th graduating class of Evanston Township High School, known for it's actor alumni, which includes John & Joan Cusack and Jeremy Piven. In his senior year, James starred in a production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" (which was attended by many Holocaust survivors). James went to Boston University where he continued to act in Theatre and DJ. In between his sophomore and junior years, James booked the play "American Buffalo" in NYC, and was offered company membership with Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) working with then up-and-coming playwrights John Patrick Shanley, Richard Greenberg and Craig Lucas. After leaving BU for NYC, James worked steadily in Theatre, discovered Buddhism (which he still practices today) and made his Broadway debut in the highly lauded play "Six Degrees of Separation" (which nudity was required for the part). Working opposite Stockard Channing and Courtney B. Vance. Journalist George Plimpton wrote a piece for Esquire Magazine about James and his experience as "the Nudist Buddhist." After "Six Degrees of Separation" closed, James performed in "Throwing Your Voice" co-starring Mary Louise-Parker, Brooke Smith, and Sam Robards in EST's One Act Marathon. This earned James rave reviews. James then decided to 'go nude' once more in the National Tour of "Six Degrees." When that tour ended, James moved to Los Angeles, where he helped create EST-The LA Project (EST/LA), producing and developing over 200 plays. EST/LA performed at the US Comedy Arts Fest in Aspen where the company won the 'Best of the Fest' Award. During this time, DuMont worked on such TV series as "The George Carlin Show" and recurred as Ralph (the tabloid reporter) on "Lois & Clark." He also appeared in such memorable Films as: "Speed", "S.W.A.T", "Catch Me If You Can" , "War of the Worlds", "Seabiscuit" and "Ocean's 13." Leading roles in Showtime's "Enemies Among Us" and "The Cellar Door" (which James co-produced and won the 'Best Actor' award as well as 'Best Feature'Award at 'Shreikfest' in Hollywood) soon followed. James also produced "The Confession", winning 20 of 25 international film festivals, with Michael Moore ("Bowling For Columbine") calling it "One of the darkest, funniest shorts I have ever seen." James co-produced the Feature Film "Statistics", which won the Audience Award at the Silverlake Film Festival, produced and starred in the critically acclaimed Theatre productions of "Serious Games" & "Morphic Resonance" which won both the LA Weekly Award for Best Ensemble and the Los Angeles Times 'Critic's Choice Award'. James DuMont recurs on two critically acclaimed Television series: HBO's "Treme" (opposite Oscar winning actress Melissa Leo) and TNT's "Men Of A Certain Age" (opposite 4-time Emmy winning actor Ray Romano). James has eight upcoming Feature Films: "Flypaper" from the writers of "The Hangover" with Patrick Dempsey, "Inside Out" with Michael Rappaport, "The Chaperone" with WWE star Triple H, After Dark Films original Horror/Thriller "Seconds Apart" with Orlando Jones, "Ticking Clock" with Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Jr., "Universal Soldier - A New Dimenson" with Scott Adkins and National Lampoon's "Snatched" with Andrew McCarthy. With over 85 major Feature Films and Television Shows and over 20 National commercials under his belt, James' career is showing no signs of slowing down. James is developing 5 Feature Films with his producing partners in NYC, LA and Louisiana and revising his one-man-play "My Life As A DJ". Residing in both Los Angeles and Louisiana, James considers himself "Bayou Costal".

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
White Heat Carlo Genova 1949 Action
SWAT Gus 2003 Action
Inside Oud Carlo Genova 2011
S.W.A.T. Gus 3727 Action
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Combination Platter James 1993 Drama
Park Tragedy Cliff 1993
Bombshell Dr. Braunmann 1997 Thriller
Erasable You Ron 1998 Comedy
Bellyfruit 1999
S.W.A.T. Gus 2003 0, Game Show
The Cellar Door Herman 2007 Reality Tv
Fast Girl Crew Chief 2008 Family, Sport
Statistics Gas Can Guy 2008 Drama
Necessary Evil Officer #1 2008 Thriller
Enemies Among Us Governor Chip Majors 2010 Action, Drama, Thriller
Xtinction: Predator X Deputy Tom 2010 Horror, Thriller
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Dr. Timothy Brady 2012 0, Sport, Game Show, 0
Rock Jocks Rich 2012 Comedy
Dallas Buyers Club Rayon's Father 2013 Drama
Catch Hell Tony Cunningham 2014 Game Show
I Saw the Light WB Nowlin 2015 Biography, Music
Heart, Baby Harvey Bloom 2017 Drama
Snatched Earl 2017 0