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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 6 December 1945Middletown, Connecticut, USA
Birth NameJames J. Naughton
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (2)

James Naughton, a handsome charmer and solid, reliable player on film and TV, is best-known for his magnetic work on the musical stage. The two-time Tony award winner for his cynical, "Sam Spade"-like detective in "City of Angels" (1990) and slick, shyster lawyer/razzle dazzler "Billy Flynn" in the revival of "Chicago" (1997), hails from Yale (School of Drama) and began scoring on Broadway in the 70s with his sharp portrayal as "Edmund" in "Long Day's Journey Into Night", and in his Broadway debut with "I Love My Wife". He has also directed stage plays, such as Arthur Miller's "The Price" and "Our Town" with Paul Newman and Jane Curtin. A number of TV series throughout the decades failed, however, to light up his name in Hollywood with Making the Grade (1982), Trauma Center (1983) and The Cosby Mysteries (1994), coming and going. The same goes with his steady, restrained work in the films, The Paper Chase (1973), The Glass Menagerie (1987), The Good Mother (1988) and The First Wives Club (1996). Best-known for his trustworthy husbands (well, not always) and well-dressed professionals, he has one of those strong, worldly faces you recognize but can't place. Recently, Naughton has taken to the cabaret circuit where his simple, relaxed singing style has caught on, especially in his award-winning one-man show "Street of Dreams" which was comprised of a number of eclectic songs from country and western to contemporary pop to classic standards. His children Greg and Keira are also in the business.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Naughton first came to prominence in the TV series adaption of the Planet Of the Apes movie series of the same name. As one of the two astronauts, he balanced out the earnest performance of co-star Ron Harper with his more laid-back portrayal. He has appeared as a recurring character in a number of TV series since then, most recently in Gossip Girl in 2009.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Yuri

Spouse (1)

Pamela Parsons (21 October 1967 - 9 April 2013) (her death) (2 children)

Trivia (8)

Older brother of David Naughton.
Graduate of Brown University (1967, with a B.A. in American Civilization) and Yale University (1970, Master of Fine Arts.)
Father, with Pamela Parsons, of actors Greg Naughton and Keira Naughton.
Currently is a spokesman for Nexium on a TV commercial.
Has won two Tony Awards as Best Actor (Musical) from only two nominations: in 1990 for "City of Angels," and in 1997 for a revival of "Chicago."
Father-in-law of Kelli O'Hara.
Longtime friend of the late Paul Newman.
Ex-brother-in-law of Deborah Dutton.

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