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Subject: Recently deceased Hollywood character actor Anthony James, who specialized in playing villains in films and television, many of them Westerns, died May 26, just two months short of his 78th birthday. ...

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Date Posted: Sunday, June 07, 11:02:53am
In reply to: Sam L 's message, "Which person is in the photos for Sunday June 7?" on Sunday, June 07, 09:58:56am

Anthony James
[ James Anthony ]
( July 22, 1942 May 26, 2020)

American character actor who specialized in playing
villains in films and television, many of them Westerns.

Early life
Anthony James was born James Anthony in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on July 22, 1942, as the only child of Greek immigrants George Anthony (18931951) and Marika Palla (19132008). He later reversed the order of his given name and surname for his acting career.

Career ...
James made several guest appearances on the western series Gunsmoke during the series' run, appearing in different roles, most often playing the character of Elbert Moses. Other shows he has guest-starred on include: Hawaii Five-O; The High Chaparral; Bonanza; The Rookies; Charlie's Angels; Buck Rogers in the 25th Century; Holmes & Yoyo; The A-Team; Quincy, M.E.; Star Trek: The Next Generation; and Beauty and the Beast.

James also appeared in a number of major feature films. His first major role was as Ralph, the diner counterman in 1967's In the Heat of the Night, which was awarded an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1968. This movie beat out the well-known movies The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde, and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner for Best Picture.

Subsequent film appearances included P.J. (1968) and ...tick...tick...tick... (1970). He played one of the lynch mobsters in High Plains Drifter and appeared as well as the evil chauffeur in the horror film Burnt Offerings (1976). He had roles in Blue Thunder (1983), Nightmares (1983), and The Naked Gun 2: The Smell of Fear (1991).

James also appeared in Poison's 1988 music video for their song "Fallen Angel." He retired from acting in the early 1990s with his last film role in Clint Eastwood's 1992 Unforgiven, which was awarded an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1993. It is notable that Anthony James' first and last major film appearances were each in Academy Award-winning films for Best Picture.

In retirement, he concentrated on painting. In 1994, he published a book of art and poetry, Language of the Heart. His autobiography, Acting My Face, was published in 2014, and he died two months short of his 78th birthday on May 26, 2020. The cause was cancer.

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Thanks for the info! (NT)Sam LSunday, June 07, 02:14:19pm

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