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Clifton James (I) (1920–2017)


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 adventures Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). He may have perfected a Southern ... See full bio »

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(age 96) in Gladstone, Oregon, USA

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Known For

Live and Let Die Sheriff Pepper
(1973)
The Man with the Golden Gun Sheriff J.W. Pepper
(1974)
Superman II Sheriff
(1980)
(1967)

Filmography

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  Old Soldiers (pre-production)
Bill Wilder
 2006 Raising Flagg
Ed McIvor
 2002 Sunshine State
Buster Bidwell
 2000 Interstate 84
Buddy
 1996 The Summer of Ben Tyler (TV Movie)
Chief Sam Thompkins
 1996 All My Children (TV Series)
Red Kilgren (aka Kris Kringle)
- Episode dated 23 October 1996 (1996) ... Red Kilgren (aka Kris Kringle)
 1996 Lone Star
Hollis
 1994 The Vernon Johns Story (TV Movie)
Judge Blake
 1991 Carolina Skeletons (TV Movie)
Dexter Cody
 1991 Gabriel's Fire (TV Series)
Jimmy Williams
- Truth and Consequences (1991) ... Jimmy Williams
 1991 Monsters (TV Series)
Inspector
- Leavings (1991) ... Inspector
 1990 The Bonfire of the Vanities
Albert Fox
 1990 Night Court (TV Series)
Rev. Lester Sinclair
- It's Just a Joke (1990) ... Rev. Lester Sinclair
 1990 Dallas (TV Series)
Duke Carlisle
- Tunnel of Love (1990) ... Duke Carlisle
- Terminus (1990) ... Duke Carlisle
- Charade (1990) ... Duke Carlisle
- April in Paris (1990) ... Duke Carlisle
 1989 She-Devil
Bob's Father (uncredited)
 1988 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Ray Dressler
- The Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel (1988) ... Ray Dressler
 1988 Eight Men Out
Charles 'Commie' Comiskey
 1987 The Untouchables
District Attorney (uncredited)
 1986 Whoops Apocalypse
Maxton S. Pluck
 1986 Where Are the Children?
Chief Coffin
 1985 Stiffs
Uncle Leo
 1984 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Nick Claybourne
- Song of the Wild West (1984) ... Nick Claybourne
 1984 Kidco
Orville Peterjohn
 1984 Talk to Me
State Trooper
 1983 The A-Team (TV Series)
Sheriff Jake Dawson / Warden Beale
- The White Ballot (1983) ... Sheriff Jake Dawson
- Pros and Cons (1983) ... Warden Beale
 1979-1982 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Lewis / Bobby Joe Brady
- Thanks for Giving (1982) ... Lewis
- Taxi in the Rain (1979) ... Bobby Joe Brady
 1982 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Sheriff Taylor
- Mighty Myron (1982) ... Sheriff Taylor
 1981-1982 Lewis & Clark (TV Series)
Silas Jones
- Tex Hex (1982) ... Silas Jones
- In Charm's Way (1982) ... Silas Jones
- Yellow Stu of Texas (1982) ... Silas Jones
- Friends (1982) ... Silas Jones
- Dear John (1982) ... Silas Jones
 1981 Texas (TV Series)
Striker Bellman
- Episode #1.284 (1981) ... Striker Bellman
- Episode #1.282 (1981) ... Striker Bellman
- Episode #1.279 (1981) ... Striker Bellman
- Episode #1.275 (1981) ... Striker Bellman
- Episode #1.271 (1981) ... Striker Bellman
 1980 Superman II
Sheriff
 1980 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Cliff Webb
- Last Rights (1980) ... Cliff Webb
 1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (TV Movie)
Barber Charlie Amos
 1980 The Contender (TV Mini-Series)
Tompkins
- Pilot (1980) ... Tompkins
 1980 The Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series)
Sheriff Lester Crabb
- Treasure of Hazzard (1980) ... Sheriff Lester Crabb
 1980 Caboblanco
Lorrimer
 1979 Young Maverick (TV Series)
Judge Stebbins
- A Fistful of Oats (1979) ... Judge Stebbins
 1979 Undercover with the KKK (TV Movie)
Jimmy Eakin
 1979 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Highway Cop
- Hart to Hart (1979) ... Highway Cop
 1979 Supertrain (TV Series)
 1977 The November Plan (TV Movie)
 1976 Silver Streak
Sheriff Chauncey
 1976 Captains and the Kings (TV Mini-Series)
Gov. Skerritt
- Chapter VIII (1976) ... Gov. Skerritt
 1976 City of Angels (TV Series)
Lt. Murray Quint
- Match Point (1976) ... Lt. Murray Quint
 1975 The Deadly Tower (TV Movie)
Captain Fred Ambrose
 1975 Friendly Persuasion (TV Movie)
Sam Jordan
 1975 The Runaway Barge (TV Movie)
Sooey
 1975 Rancho Deluxe
John Brown
 1974 The Man with the Golden Gun
Sheriff J.W. Pepper
 1974 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Series)
Walter 'Shadetree' Burns
- The Deadly Replay (1974) ... Walter 'Shadetree' Burns
 1974 Juggernaut
Corrigan
 1974 Buster and Billie
Jake
 1974 Bank Shot
Streiger
 1973 The Laughing Policeman
Maloney
 1973 The Last Detail
M.A.A.
 1973 The Iceman Cometh
Pat McGloin
 1973 The Werewolf of Washington
Attorney General
 1973 Live and Let Die
Sheriff Pepper
 1973 Kid Blue
Mr. Hendricks
 1972 The New Centurions
Whitey
 1972 Particular Men (TV Movie)
Boesch
 1972 The Biscuit Eater
Mr. Eben
 1968-1971 Bonanza (TV Series)
Mr. Quarry / Lawson
- Winter Kill (1971) ... Mr. Quarry
- The Real People of Muddy Creek (1968) ... Lawson
 1958-1970 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Sam Wickes / Tenner Jackson / Sam Hare / ...
- Snow Train: Part 2 (1970) ... Sam Wickes
- Snow Train: Part 1 (1970) ... Sam Wickes
- The Wrong Man (1966) ... Tenner Jackson
- The Lady (1965) ... Sam Hare
- Letter of the Law (1958) ... Teek
 1970 WUSA
Speed - Sailor in Bar
 1970 ...tick... tick... tick...
D.J. Rankin
 1969 The Reivers
Butch Lovemaiden
 1969 Ironside (TV Series)
Frank Bollo
- Rundown on a Bum Rap (1969) ... Frank Bollo
 1968 Mannix (TV Series)
Barney Ford, Police Chief
- A Copy of Murder (1968) ... Barney Ford, Police Chief
 1967 Will Penny
Catron
 1967 Cimarron Strip (TV Series)
Sheriff Jack Hawkes
- Till the End of Night (1967) ... Sheriff Jack Hawkes
 1967 Cool Hand Luke
Carr
 1967 The Happening
O'Reilly
 1966 The Virginian (TV Series)
Big Ben Albright
- Linda (1966) ... Big Ben Albright
 1966 The Chase
Lem
 1965 Slattery's People (TV Series)
Harry Means
- Rally Round Your Own Flag, Mister (1965) ... Harry Means
 1964 Black Like Me
Eli Carr
 1964 Another World (TV Series)
Striker Bellman (1980)
 1963 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Dave Meltzer
- Go Fight City Hall (1963) ... Dave Meltzer
 1963 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Lou Cutler
- Strike (1963) ... Lou Cutler
 1963 Route 66 (TV Series)
George Simmons
- Soda Pop and Paper Flags (1963) ... George Simmons
 1962 David and Lisa
John
 1962 Experiment in Terror
Capt. Moreno
 1961 Something Wild
Detective Bogart
 1961 Cain's Hundred (TV Series)
Tom Larch
- Comeback (1961) ... Tom Larch
 1961 Brenner (TV Series)
Mack the Dispatcher
- Good Friend (1961) ... Mack the Dispatcher
 1959-1960 Naked City (TV Series)
Officer Fennelli / Jacoby / George Haskel
- Killer with a Kiss (1960) ... Officer Fennelli
- A Death of Princes (1960) ... Jacoby
- The Scorpion Sting (1959) ... George Haskel (uncredited)
 1959 The Last Mile
Harris
 1958 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Blick
- Time of Your Life (1958) ... Blick
 1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Jack Haines
- Death Wears Many Faces (1958) ... Jack Haines
 1957 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
State Trooper / The Sergeant
- Bilko at Bay (1957) ... State Trooper (uncredited)
- Bilko Buys a Club (1957) ... The Sergeant (as Cliff James)
 1957 Decoy (TV Series)
Patrolman Raymond
- Escape into Danger (1957) ... Patrolman Raymond
 1957 The Strange One
Colonel Ramsey
 1954 The Secret Storm (TV Series)
Wes Glenway (Year Unknown)
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Stage: Appeared (as "Second Roustabout"; replacement actor) in "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... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Cliff James

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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

Trivia:

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). See more »

Trademark:

Frequently played the stereotypical Southern sheriff

Star Sign:

Gemini

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