James Olson Biography

Birthday: 1930-10-08
Place of Birth: Evanston, Illinois
Height: 6' 3" (1.91 m) Mini Biography He w
Wiki Biography: He was a Chicago-based stage actor by the time he began his film career in the forgettable action drama The Sharkfighters (1956). A reedy, sensitive-looking blond, James Olson showed an understated power in his performances that often received critical applause, but also a taciturn personality that kept audiences at bay. His performance as Joanne Woodward's suitor in Rachel, Rachel (1968) gained him the best reviews of his career and it seemed he had finally earned his stripes, but despite impressive parts in The Andromeda Strain (1971) and Ragtime (1981), not to mention the TV-movies The Family Nobody Wanted (1975) and "The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer (1977), he never made a name for himself. A durable talent, he remained a reliable presence for years with TV guest spots, but by the 1990s he had all but disappeared.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Andromeda Strain Dr. Mark Hall 1971 Sci Fi
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Strange One 1957 Drama
Rachel, Rachel 1968 Drama, Romance
Moon Zero Two Capt. William H. Kemp 1969
The Andromeda Strain Dr. Mark Hall 1971 Mystery, Sci Fi, Thriller
Wild Rovers 1971
Strange New World 1975 Sci Fi
Ragtime 1982 Drama
Amityville II: The Possession Father Adamsky 1982 Drama, Horror, Thriller
Commando Major General Franklin Kirby 1985 Action, Thriller
Rachel River 1989 Drama