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James Naughton

James Naughton

Dec. 6th, 1945
Born in
Middletown, Connecticut, USA
6' 1

James Naughton's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Hostages TV Show
Nature TV Show
Planet of the Apes TV Show
Planet of the Apes
Brooklyn Bridge TV Show
Brooklyn Bridge
The Cosby Mysteries TV Show
The Cosby Mysteries
Making the Grade TV Show
Making the Grade
Trauma Center TV Show
Trauma Center
Raising Miranda TV Show
Raising Miranda

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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James Naughton (born December 6, 1945) is an American director, theater, film and television actor.

Naughton was born in Middletown, Connecticut, the son of Rosemary (née Walsh) and Joseph Naughton, both of whom were teachers. He is the brother of actor 'David Naughton'. He graduated from Conard High School.

James Naughton, a handsome charmer and solid, reliable player on film and TV, is best known for his magnetic work on the musical stage.

The two-time Tony award winner for his cynical, Sam Spade-like detective in City of Angels (1990) and slick, shyster lawyer/razzle dazzler Billy Flynn in the revival of Chicago (1997) hails from Yale School of Drama and began scoring on Broadway in the 70s with his sharp portrayal as Edmund in Long Day's Journey Into Night and in his Broadway debut with I Love My Wife.

He has also directed stage plays such as Arthur Miller's The Price and Our Town with 'Paul Newman' and 'Jane Curtin'.

A number of TV series throughout the decades failed, however, to light up his name in Hollywood with "Making the Grade, Trauma Center and The Cosby Mysteries coming and going.

The same goes with his steady, restrained work in the films The Paper Chase (1973), The Glass Menagerie (1987) The Good Mother (1988) and The First Wives Club (1996). Best known for his trustworthy husbands (well, not always) and well-dressed professionals, he has one of those strong, worldly faces you recognize but can't place.

Recently Naughton has taken to the cabaret circuit where his simple, relaxed singing style has caught on, especially in his award-winning one-man show "Street of Dreams" which was comprised of a number of eclectic songs from country and western to contemporary pop to classic standards.

His family is Irish American. He and his wife, Pam, have two actor children: Keira Naughton and Greg Naughton. His son is married to Kelli O'Hara. He started singing during his years at Conard High School "with the high school band and at parties".

  • Father of actors 'Greg Naughton (I)' (qv) and 'Keira Naughton' (qv).
  • Brother of 'David Naughton' (qv).
  • Father-in-law of 'Kelli O'Hara' (qv).
  • Graduate of Brown University (1967, with a B.A. in American Civilization) and Yale University (1970, Master of Fine Arts.)
  • Currently is a spokesman for Nexium on a TV commercial.
  • Has won two Tony Awards as Best Actor (Musical) from only two nominations: in 1990 for "City of Angels," and in 1997 for a revival of "Chicago."
  • Long-time friend of the late Paul Newman.

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