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Overview (4)

Born in Spokane, Washington, USA
Died in Gladstone, Oregon, USA  (complications from diabetes)
Birth NameGeorge Clifton James
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Blustery, stocky, loud although often genial character actor who has created a niche for himself playing often frustrated and fast talking Southern characters... most noticeably as Sheriff J.W. Pepper alongside Roger Moore in the James Bond adventure Live and Let Die (1973), plus his character returned to assist 007 again in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).

He may have perfected a Southern drawl, however Clifton James was actually born on May 29, 1921 in Spokane, Washington, a graduate of the Actors Studio and was regularly appearing in guest roles on television series including Gunsmoke (1955), Bonanza (1959) and The Virginian (1962). He was also busy in the cinema with minor roles in classy productions, such as Cool Hand Luke (1967), Will Penny (1967) and The New Centurions (1972). After his 007 escapades, James remained busy putting in a great dramatic performance in The Deadly Tower (1975), played another loud-mouthed Sheriff in the action comedy Silver Streak (1976) and was superb as team owner Charles Comiskey in the dramatization of the 1919 Chicago White Sox scandal, Eight Men Out (1988).

His other roles include that of a wealthy Montana baron whose cattle are being rustled in Rancho Deluxe (1975), and as the source who tips off a newspaper reporter (Bruce Willis) to a potentially explosive story in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990). He had been quieter in recent years, but recently showed he could still contribute an enjoyable performance in the wonderful John Sayles movie Sunshine State (2002). Clifton James died at age 96 from complications of diabetes at his home in Gladstone, Oregon on April 15, 2017.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44@hotmail.com

Spouse (2)

Laurie Harper (15 October 1952 - 22 July 2015) (her death) (5 children)
Donna Lee Beach (30 March 1948 - 5 January 1951) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Frequently played the stereotypical Southern sheriff

Trivia (8)

Had mastered an impeccable (and unmistakable) Southern accent, despite having been born in Spokane, Washington.
Best remembered for playing the stereotypical redneck policeman Sheriff J.W. Pepper in the James Bond films Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). He played basically the same character in Superman II (1980) although his name is never mentioned (He was referred to simply as "sheriff").
Had appeared with Ned Beatty in four films: The Deadly Tower (1975), Silver Streak (1976), Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980) and Superman II (1980).
Made his Broadway stage debut at the warm-hearted construction foreman in William Saroyan's "The Cave Dwellers".
Attended and graduated from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.
United States Army Combat Infantry Platoon Sergeant, 163rd Infantry, 41st Division.
Decorated World War II veteran: the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.
Served forty-two months in the South Pacific, from January 1942 until August 1945.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on redneck sheriffs] I noticed they love their stomachs. They stick them out, they're really proud of their stomachs.

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