Anthony James (‘Unforgiven’ Actor) Wiki – Anthony James Biography
Anthony James, known for his appearances in films like In the Heat of the Night and Unforgiven, has died. He was 77.
James was born in South Carolina in 1942. His father, George, operated a fine dining restaurant in Myrtle Beach in the 1940s, according to Tribute Archive. He died when James was just eight.
James played tight end for his high school’s football team, was an adept artist, and eventually, aspired to be an actor.
In 1960, he and his mother moved from South Carolina to Hollywood. His mother, Marika, worked endlessly to support her son.
“She took a job as a factory steam presser while I tried to start my career,” James recalled to The Spectrum. “I really didn’t have a clue how to begin, and even looked for starring roles in the want-ads of the LA Times. Those first years in Hollywood were difficult and scary.”
After retiring, James moved to New England, where he devoted most of his time to painting and writing.
Married, Wife, Siblings
He never married and has no siblings or children.
Anthony James Age
He was 77 years old.
The 6-foot-6 actor most recently appeared on the big screen in 1992 in the film “Unforgiven”, which won Best Picture at the Oscars that year.
James’ IMDB reads, “Tall and lanky, with a rough, pockmarked face, a lean, stringy build, greasy dark hair and an extremely edgy’s ’intense screen presence, James was often cast in Westerns as really scary, sleazy and disgusting villains.”
In an interview with The Spectrum, the actor joked, “I have to remind people that I did play love scenes, it’s just that they were at knife-point!”
James’ first break came six years after moving to Hollywood, as a one-line role in the TV series “T.H.E. Cat” and “Captain Nice.” It was those bookings that scored him his SAG card.
Over the course of his career, James acted with a number of iconic performers, including Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Bette Davis, Richard Harris, Blythe Danner, Jeff Bridges, and Clint Eastwood.
Anthony James Death
Anthony James, the lanky character actor who played sleazy, menacing types in such films as In the Heat of the Night, Unforgiven and High Plains Drifter, has died. He was 77.
Anthony James Cause of Death, How Did Actor Anthony James Died
According to an obituary announcement, James passed away from cancer.