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Overview (4)

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Died in Santa Ana, California, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NameJames Henry Meador
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tall, rugged James Craig's career as a contract player at MGM blossomed in the 1940's, mainly due to his resemblance to the 'King of Hollywood' 'Clark Gable' (who was then serving in the U.S. Army Air Force). The Rice Institute graduate had studied to be a physician until a sojourn in the movie capital persuaded him to try his luck as an actor. He was tutored by thespian Cyril Delevanti in 1934 and began in the industry as an extra. Having lived for some time in Texas, he had the perfect drawl to be made into a western hero. James Henry Meador consequently transformed himself into James Craig when it looked like he might be given a role in the melodrama Craig's Wife (1936). Instead, he appeared mainly in second feature oaters for the first two years of his career. His breakthrough arrived courtesy of a loan-out to RKO, where he was co-starred opposite Ginger Rogers in Kitty Foyle (1940). He had some critical success as farmer Jabez Stone in The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) and had high-profile parts in a couple of other A-grade features: the caliph in Kismet (1944), and as Halverson in Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945). However, before long, Mr. Gable returned from the war and it was back to low budget horse operas for James Craig. After working in episodic television for several years in the 60's, he called it a day and turned his talents towards a lucrative career in real estate.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

Spouse (4)

Sumie Jassi (1969 - 1980) (divorced)
Jane Valentine (17 March 1963 - ?)
Jil Jarmyn (22 August 1959 - 3 February 1962) (annulled)
Mary June Ray (? - ?) (divorced) (4 children)

Trivia (8)

He was name-dropped several times in the novel Myra Breckinridge (1970) by Gore Vidal, as the eponymous hero's favorite and most romantically desirable movie star.
Following his movie career, he became a wealthy real estate salesman. [1980]
He died of lung cancer at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, CA.
Became a father for the 1st time at age 27 when his 1st wife Mary gave birth to their son James Craig Meador on December 27, 1939.
Became a father for the 2nd time at age 33 when his 1st wife Mary gave birth to their son Robert Craig Meador on March 3, 1945.
His son Robert died on April 19, 1948 aged 3.
Became a father for the 3rd time at age 35 when his 1st wife Mary gave birth to their daughter Diane Ray Craig Meador on March 1, 1947.
Became a father for the 4th time at age 44 when his 1st wife Mary gave birth to their son Michael Craig Meador on June 18, 1956.

Personal Quotes (1)

I was out there in Hollywood on vacation and I saw a lot of people making movies. If they could do it, why couldn't I?

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