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James Griffith (I) (1916–1993)

Ideal for playing swarthy villains, James Griffith's tall, dark and gaunt features and shady countenance invaded hundreds of film and TV dramas (and a few comedies) throughout his career on-camera. Highlighted by his arched brows, hooded eyes and prominent proboscis, heavy character work would be his largest source of income for nearly four ... See full bio »

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J.J. Griffith | James F. Griffith | James J. Griffith | James W. Griffith | Jimmy Griffith | Jim Griffith

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I understood what many actors did not understand -- that playing bad guys afforded me more opportunities to work and thus be in different settings. Most westerns have only one hero, and he's pretty much restricted in what he can do ... whereas the heavies run around in gangs and do all kinds of colorful things.


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