James N. Harrell Biography

Birthday: 1918-09-03
Place of Birth: Waco, Texas
Wiki Biography: James Nelson Harrell, born in Waco, Texas to Margaret Teny and Jefferson Whitfield Harrell, Chair of the Baylor University Mathematics Department, graduated from Waco High School and Baylor University. He held a Master's Degree in Drama from Trinity University. He studied acting at the original Baylor Theater with Paul Baker in the 1930's and in 1940 was invited to join Michael Chekhov's Acting Studio in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Jim toured the East Coast with that company and was playing Twelfth Night when the attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II, and most plays closed. Jim served in the United States Army for four years in a tank company, in Headquarters Eighth Service Command, in Special Services, and in Occupied Japan. James Harrell, also known as "little Jimmy Harrell from Waco, Texas", appeared in over 75 film productions; feature films and television. James taught acting at the Dallas Theater Center and had leading roles in numerous productions, including 'Anse Bundren' in Journey to Jefferson, which toured Paris, Belgium and Germany. He also taught stage and film acting at Southwest Texas State University for 24 years, retiring in 1994 as an Associate Professor.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Paper Moon 1973 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Paper Moon 1973 Comedy, Crime, Drama
Race with the Devil 1975
The Great Waldo Pepper 1975 Adventure, Drama
A Small Town in Texas 1976 Action, Adventure, Crime
Outlaw Blues 1977
Raggedy Man 1981
The Dollmaker 1984 Drama
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Cut-Rite Manager 1986 Reality Tv
Nadine 1987 Comedy
Flesh and Bone 1993 Drama, Mystery, Romance
A Family Thing 1996 0
Varsity Blues 1999 Comedy, Drama, Romance