Clifton James Poster


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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 29 May 1921Spokane, Washington, USA
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 spy 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 1950s-60s 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).

He has been quieter in recent years, but recently showed he could still contribute an enjoyable performance in the wonderful John Sayles movie Sunshine State (2002).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44@hotmail.com

Spouse (2)

Laurie Harper (May 1954 - present) (5 children)
Donna Lee Beach (30 March 1948 - 5 January 1951) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Frequently plays the stereotypical Southern sheriff

Trivia (10)

Has mastered an impeccable (and unmistakable) Southern accent, despite having been born in Spokane, Washington.
Is 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").
Made his Broadway stage debut as the warm-hearted construction foreman in William Saroyan's "The Cave Dwellers".
Attended and graduated from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.
Served five years with the United States Army during World War II.
Resides in New York City. [August 2010]
Has 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).
Decorated World War II veteran.
Served forty-two months in the South Pacific. January 1942 until August 1945.
Army Combat Infantry Platoon Sergeant 163rd Inf., 41st Div.

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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