Sep. 21st, 1970
Los Angeles, California, USA
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James Lesure gives new meaning to the term, Hollywood Hunk. His inspiring talent and magnetic charm, both on screen and stage, complement a firmly grounded personality.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, his path to Hollywood began with a few unexpected turns. Athletic, adventurous, and in search of his purpose, he served in the Air Force Academy before attending the University of Southern California where he received his B.F.A. in Theater. During his time at USC, he also studied abroad at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. While there, he performed in the productions "Hair" and "The Island." In addition to performing abroad, he was able to fulfill a life long dream - becoming an amateur boxer. A natural in front of the camera and on stage, Lesure has also worked in a professional theater company in Los Angeles, where he played the role of Macduff in Shakespeare's great tragedy "Macbeth."
He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Mike Cannon, the suave and competitive head of surveillance, on the TV drama "Las Vegas" (2003) opposite legendary actor James Caan (I). Named one of the next generation's leading men by GQ Magazine and one of the hottest bachelors on television, Lesure made his series debut on "For Your Love" (1998) as attorney Mel Ellis, co-starring actress Holly Robinson Peete. He has also appeared in recurring roles on "Alias" (2001) and "The Division" (2001). His other television credits include guest-starring roles on "Lost" (2004), "NYPD Blue" (1993), "Seinfeld" (1990), "Martin" (1992) and a notable turn as a resolute military officer on the acclaimed series, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (2006).
His expanding film career includes various independent film productions and the feature films The Ring Two (2005) and Crimson Tide (1995), starring 'Denzel Washington' and Gene Hackman.
Lesure is noted for his on-screen performances and charitable efforts. He is the recipient of the Celebrity Honoree and Distinguished Support Awards from the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation; Outstanding Male Actor in a TV Drama presented by the MIB Prism Awards; a sports enthusiast, he is a two time Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the NBA Entertainment League.
- He loves basketball and was voted the 2006 Most Valuable Player of the NBA Entertainment League
- 2006 Outstanding Male Actor in TV drama Award - Multicultural Prism Awards.
- 2006 Distinguished Support Award - Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California.