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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 28 August 1959Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Jim Fitzpatrick was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on Offutt Air Force Base, better known as SAC (Strategic Air Command) headquarters. He eventually returned to Florida where his parents (Jim Sr. and Cookie) are from and began his acting career on the stage at the tender age of 13 when he appeared in his first school play, "A Thousand Clowns", at Seminole (Florida) High School. Jim accepted a football scholarship to Illinois State University as a theater major where he became involved with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company founded by Gary Sinise and John Malkovich. He put aside an acting career to play professional football, however, starting in 1981 with the Hamilton Tiger Cats in the CFL (Canadian Football league) followed by short stints with the Chicago Bears ('81) and the Baltimore Colts('82). His football career ended when he retired in 1985, after spending three seasons with the Tampa Bay Bandits in the USFL ('83-'85). However, playing for the Bandits was a blessing in disguise. One of the owners of the Bandits was 'Burt Reynolds', who was instrumental in setting Jim's career in Los Angeles in motion. Jim began auditioning for productions during the off-seasons. Before moving to L.A., he landed parts in Miami Vice (1984), Cocoon (1985) and D.A.R.Y.L. (1985). Since then, Jim has appeared in over 30 plays for the stage (six of which he has written, produced and directed in Los Angeles). He has also starred and guest-starred in over 56 roles in films and television such as U.S. Seals (2000), Operation Delta Force 3: Clear Target (1998), Armageddon (1998), Star Trek: Enterprise (2001), JAG (1995) and "All My Children" (1970), Elizabethtown (2005), "Dolphin Tale" (2011) and "Divorce Texas Style" (2013).

Besides acting, James has written, produced and directed a poignant romantic dramedy entitled An American Reunion (2003), one of 33 screenplays he has written and produced. James filmed a pilot for a TV series called Supernatural (2005), which he executive-produced and directed. Jim, his actress wife, Jodi Knotts, and their two sons, J.J. Fitzpatrick and Jadon Fitzpatrick, live in both Los Angeles and Seminole, Florida, where he is directing the fifth film, after completing the first a series of three called Adventure Scouts (2010).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Julienne Ford_Hammond

Spouse (1)

Jodi Knotts (4 July 1990 - present) (2 children)

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Trivia (19)

His Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) character, Commander Williams, was named after William Shatner.
Set-up Cameron Diaz with his agent, which helped launch her professional acting career.
Jimmy was the first Tarzan at the theme park Busch Gardens, in Tampa Florida.
In 1987, Jimmy became close friends with feature director Michael Bay (Armageddon, Bad Boys 1 & 2, The Rock). They met while Michael was still attending film school in college and holding auditions, when Michael asked Jimmy to Star in Senior Thesis Project. In fact, Jimmy has starred in over 18 different Films, National Commercials, Music Videos, and a short, titled 'Evicted', for Michael. They're still close friends to this day.
He and Sam Shepard became friends in the late 80s, during an evening of Tequila and a deep discussion about the philosophy of writing two- and three- act semi-autobiographical plays for the stage. Several years later, James co-starred in one of Sam's most controversial Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, entitled, "Curse of The Starving Class".
Writer/director David Klass was his best-man at his wedding to Jodi Knotts, aboard a 33 ft. yacht in the San Francisco bay, on the fourth of July, 1990.
In 1986, he and his best friend, director/producer Corbin Timbrook, met at an audition for a feature film titled 'Money Can't Buy Me Love,' vying for the role of the same character. He and Corbin have since worked together over 20 times in feature films, TV series episodes, and theatrical plays for the stage in Los Angeles.
Father, with Jodi Knotts, of sons J.J. Fitzpatrick and Jadon Fitzpatrick.
While attending Illinois State University, James frequented the City of Chicago where he met and became friends with several influential individuals in the 1970's, such as, Nobel Prize Winner Linus Pauling, Chicago City Mayor Richard Daley Sr, Hugh Hefner founder of the Playboy Club and Magazine, Sherry Lansing who was the first woman to head a Hollywood Movie Studio, Shelly Long of "Cheers" fame...and college classmates Gary Sinise, Laurie Metcalf, John Malkovich, Gary Cole, Terry Kinney and Tom Irwin.
Formed a Television Commercial Company called 'Stargate Sports Commercials', with Co-Producers Sam Nicholson (Stargate Digital Films), Mike Rocha (Creative East) & Katherine Laughlin. [September 2007]
James and his Production team of James D. Brubaker, Corbin Timbrook, Mike Rocha, Jodi Knotts & Kip Radigan, are preparing to shoot their next Project titled, "A Fonder Heart." Starring: Daryl Hannah, James Brolin, Shelly Long, Rachel Hunter, Logan Lerman, Louis Gosett, Jr., Charles Durning, Ron Silver, Gary Graham and William Shatner in a cameo role. [July 2010]
He and a couple of his friends and business partners Sam Nicholson (Stargate Digital Films) & Mike Rocha (Creative East), have formed a High-Tech Commercial Company called Stargate Digital Sports, LLC, which will cater to Professional Sports Organizations such as the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, NASCAR and all NCAA Sports, with superior crossover content for Television Commericals that can be utilized on Stadium Jumbotrons, as well. [March 2008]
James is preparing to break ground by developing his 'Five Star Studios Sound Stages' in Pinellas County Florida with his wife (Jodi Knotts) and several of his closest friends, Corbin Timbrook, James D. Brubaker & Sam Nicholson.
James was a Top Ford Model & Commercial Actor in New York City & Los Angeles for more than 22 Years, during the 1980's to the early 2000's. Gracing the pages of nearly every Periodical Magazine at News-Stands and Bookstores. James also was the lead actor and spokesman in more than 180 National Commercials over the last 35 years.
(January 2010-2016) Producing & Directing two high-concept comedy children's films in the Sarasota Florida area. The first tilted, "Scouts Honor,' with a dozen NFL Football Players. The second, 'Scouts Honor, Homeland Security.'.
Produced, Starred, Catered and Co-Directed the classic teen-horror-film, 'Hallows Point,' his second feature film he is Producing in less than six months.
While James was working on Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005) as Commander Williams at the Paramount Pictures Studios lot in Los Angeles, he had the opportunity of meeting and becoming friends with several of his favorite Star Trek actors who would visit the set, such as William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy & his wife Susan, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan and George Takei. However the most exciting meet and greet happened when James first arrived in Hollywood in the mid-80's, whence he met Gene Roddenberry and his actress wife Majel Barrett (Nurse Christine Chapel), while working on another TV Series at Paramount Pictures lot.
Another one of Mr Jim's students (Aubrey Peeples) who was in our acting class, has gotten the starring role in her first movie. "Jem and the Holograms." (2015).
Movie Star Burt Reynolds introduced actor Jim Fitzpatrick to Super Agent Nina Blanchard. Fitzpatrick was one of Nina Blanchard/Ford's Top Commercial Actors in the 1980's - 1990's, making hundreds of National Commercials.

Personal Quotes (6)

If all things are possible, then the possibilties are endless.
My heart dreams of love, my mind dreams of life, my soul dreams of you...wherever, and whoever you are.
Hindsight is knowledge...Insight is wisdom...Foresight is genius.
In my findings, our physical, psychological and emotional characteristics called instincts, are nothing more than stored genetic memory, handed-down from every generation of ancestry that came before us.
Filmmaking is a constantly evolving process of expression...and it is our hearts, minds, bodies and souls experiences, that is truly the muse. Those artists that take heed of life's humbling lessons, are the more fortunate ones. It is truly a gift from God, to be able to share those internal, emotional colors and sounds.
The depth of our loss in death...is directly proportionate to the depth of our love of life.

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