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He was a Chicago-based stage actor by the time he began his film career in the forgettable action drama The Sharkfighters (1956). A reedy, sensitive-looking blond, James Olson showed an understated power in his performances that often received critical applause, but also a taciturn personality that kept audiences at bay. His performance as Joanne ... See full bio »
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 1990 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Clarence La Rue
- A Body to Die For (1990) ... Clarence La Rue
 1990 The Family Man (TV Series)
Blair
- Fire Break (1990) ... Blair
 1988 Jake and the Fatman (TV Series)
- It Had to Be You (1988)
 1987 Rachel River
Jack Canon
 1986 One Police Plaza (TV Movie)
Whitney Zangline
 1985 North Beach and Rawhide (TV Movie)
Bill Cassidy
 1984 Matt Houston (TV Series)
Calib Martin
- Vanished (1984) ... Calib Martin
 1984 The Parade (TV Movie)
Andy Janacek
 1983 Cave In! (TV Movie)
Tom Arlen
 1981 Ragtime
Father
 1972-1979 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Dr. Kenneth Ames / Wendell Stoner / Travis Marshall / ...
- Labyrinth (1979) ... Dr. Kenneth Ames
- A Distant Thunder (1978) ... Wendell Stoner
- Honor Is an Unmarked Grave (1975) ... Travis Marshall
- A Hawaiian Nightmare (1974) ... Bernie Brown
- Bait Once, Bait Twice (1972) ... Mariss
 1979 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Reverend Jacob Danforth
- The Faith Healer (1979) ... Reverend Jacob Danforth
 1979 The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (TV Series)
Paul Vane
- Run for the Money: Part 3 (1979) ... Paul Vane
- Run for the Money: Part 2 (1979) ... Paul Vane
 1979 B.J. and the Bear (TV Series)
Paul Vane
- Run for the Money (1979) ... Paul Vane
 1978 The Mafu Cage
David
 1978 Project U.F.O. (TV Series)
Dr. Ted Sanders
- Sighting 4020: The Island Incident (1978) ... Dr. Ted Sanders
 1978 Greatest Heroes of the Bible (TV Series)
Polah
- Samson and Delilah (1978) ... Polah
 1978 The Runaways (TV Series)
Burt Williams
- No Prince for My Cinderella (1978) ... Burt Williams
 1978 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Corwin
- Scandal (1978) ... Corwin
 1977 The Bionic Woman (TV Series)
Rod Kyler
- Fembots in Las Vegas: Part 2 (1977) ... Rod Kyler
- Fembots in Las Vegas (1977) ... Rod Kyler
 1977 The Spell (TV Movie)
Glenn
 1977 Most Wanted (TV Series)
Ryerson
- The Ritual Killer (1977) ... Ryerson
 1977 Wonder Woman (TV Series)
Wotan
 1976 Police Woman (TV Series)
Curry
- Brainwash (1976) ... Curry
 1972-1976 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Vic Lawson / Dr. Jonas Rabb / Loren Graham
- No Minor Vices (1976) ... Vic Lawson
- Asylum (1975) ... Dr. Jonas Rabb
- The First Day of Forever (1972) ... Loren Graham
 1973-1976 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Walter Cahill / Tom Brenner / Randall Stone
- Blood Vengeance (1976) ... Walter Cahill / Tom Brenner
- Catch Me If You Can (1973) ... Randall Stone
 1976 Law and Order (TV Movie)
Insp. Ed Shea
 1973-1975 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Mr. Townsend / W.T. Knox
- Secrets for Sale (1975) ... Mr. Townsend
- Freefall to Terror (1973) ... W.T. Knox
 1972-1975 Cannon (TV Series)
Judge Norman Killian / Jim Relko
- The Wedding March (1975) ... Judge Norman Killian
- The Island Caper (1972) ... Jim Relko
 1975 Strange New World (TV Movie)
Surgeon
 1975 Griff (TV Series)
 1975 Man on the Outside (TV Movie)
Gerald Griffin
 1975 Caribe (TV Series)
Matson
- One Second to Doom (1975) ... Matson
 1975 Someone I Touched (TV Movie)
Sam Hyatt
 1975 The Family Nobody Wanted (TV Movie)
Carl Doss
 1974 Harry O (TV Series)
Capt. Pete Jaklin
- Material Witness (1974) ... Capt. Pete Jaklin
 1974 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Damion
- The Garments of Rage (1974) ... Damion
 1969-1974 Mannix (TV Series)
Lassiter / Donald Jordan
- Game Plan (1974) ... Lassiter
- The Odds Against Donald Jordan (1969) ... Donald Jordan
 1974 Movin' On (TV Series)
Ben Simms
- Grit (1974) ... Ben Simms
 1974 The Sex Symbol (TV Movie)
Calvin Bernard
 1974 The New Land (TV Series)
 1974 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (TV Movie)
McShane
 1974 Manhunter (TV Movie)
Walt Hovis
 1974 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Baxter
- Angela's Nightmare (1974) ... Baxter
 1970-1974 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Sheriff Bill Temple
- The Betrayal (1974)
- Escape to Terror (1970)
- Conspiracy of Corruption (1970) ... Sheriff Bill Temple
 1973 Legend in Granite (TV Movie)
Max McGee
 1973 Police Story (TV Series)
Sgt. Walters
- Man on a Rack (1973) ... Sgt. Walters
 1972-1973 The Rookies (TV Series)
Steve Wainz / Walter Bolton
- A Matter of Justice (1973) ... Steve Wainz
- The Good Die Young (1972) ... Walter Bolton
 1971-1973 Ironside (TV Series)
David Wills / Marvin Bosner
- Fragile Is the House of Cards (1973) ... David Wills
- Contract: Kill Ironside (1971) ... Marvin Bosner
 1973 Incident on a Dark Street (TV Movie)
Joe Dubbs
 1972 Jigsaw (TV Series)
 1969-1972 Bonanza (TV Series)
Vance Burnside / Kelly Adams
- Ambush at Rio Lobo (1972) ... Vance Burnside
- Sweet Annie Laurie (1969) ... Kelly Adams
 1972 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Bede Stalcup
- The Fugitives (1972) ... Bede Stalcup
 1972 Columbo (TV Series)
Paul Rifkin
- Étude in Black (1972) ... Paul Rifkin
 1972 The Groundstar Conspiracy
Sen. Stanton
 1971 McCloud (TV Series)
Thomas Dane
- The Disposal Man (1971) ... Thomas Dane
 1971 The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (TV Series)
Cavan Searle
- The Letter of the Law (1971) ... Cavan Searle
 1971 Paper Man (TV Movie)
Art Fletcher
 1971 Wild Rovers
Joe Billings
 1971 Insight (TV Series)
Dr. Blake
- The War of the Eggs (1971) ... Dr. Blake
 1970 Medical Center (TV Series)
Dave Toland
- Accused (1970) ... Dave Toland
 1970 San Francisco International Airport (TV Series)
Professor Theodore Tragis
- Emergency Alert (1970) ... Professor Theodore Tragis
 1970 Crescendo
Georges Ryman / Jacques Ryman
 1969 The Virginian (TV Series)
Hosea McKinley
- The Land Dreamer (1969) ... Hosea McKinley
 1969 Lancer (TV Series)
Alton Gannett
- Death Bait (1969) ... Alton Gannett
 1968 The Stalking Moon
Cavalry Officer (uncredited)
 1968 Rachel, Rachel
Nick Kazlik
 1967 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Chuck Wilson
- Atta Girl, Kelly!: Love Is Blind (1967) ... Chuck Wilson
 1966 An Enemy of the People (TV Movie)
Hovstad
 1966 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
Horstad
 1966 Directions (TV Series)
- The 11th Man (1966)
 1965 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Edward Curtis
- Where There's Smoke (1965) ... Edward Curtis
 1962-1963 The Defenders (TV Series)
Dr. Frank Spencer / Linus Hale
- Conspiracy of Silence (1963) ... Dr. Frank Spencer
- Blood County (1962) ... Linus Hale
 1963 Route 66 (TV Series)
Thad School
 1961-1962 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Allen Menkin / Sgt. Harold Welby
- Smash Up (1962) ... Allen Menkin
- Moment of Panic (1961) ... Sgt. Harold Welby
 1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Pete Hazelmae
- A Clearing in the Woods (1961) ... Pete Hazelmae
 1958 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Owen Deaver
- The Five Books of Owen Deaver (1958) ... Owen Deaver
 1957 Harbormaster (TV Series)
Charlie Potter
- Widow's Walk (1957) ... Charlie Potter
 1957 Look Up and Live (TV Series)
 1957 The Strange One
Cadet Roger Gatt
 1956 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Capt. Dicer
- The Young and the Beautiful (1956) ... Capt. Dicer
 1956 The Sharkfighters
Ens. Harold Duncan
 1956 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)

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Stage Play: J.B. Drama. Written by Archibald Macleish. Production Designed by Boris Aronson. Costume Design by Lucinda Ballard. Directed by Elia Kazan. ANTA Playhouse: 11 Dec 1958- 24 Oct 1959 (364 performances). Cast: Raymond Massey (as "Mr. Zuss"), Christopher Plummer (as "Nickels"), Nan Martin (as "Sarah"), Lane Bradbury, Bert Conway (... See more »

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Height:

6' 3" (1.91 m)
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Was discovered by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. acting in a play in New York and was immediately signed for a role in a movie. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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