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Overview (3)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Died in Ventura, California, USA  (Anaphylactic shock)
Birth NameMaurice William Elias

Mini Bio (1)

Born Maurice William Elias in Los Angeles, James Stacy is the son of a Lebanese immigrant father and an American-born mother of Irish-Scottish descent. As a teen, Stacy first aspired to play professional football but settled on a career in the movies after a friend coaxed him into taking some acting classes. Adopting the screen name James Stacy after his cousin Stacy and one of his movie idols, James Dean, he made his film debut in an uncredited role as a reporter in Sayonara (1957), starring Marlon Brando. Garnering little work or recognition in film, Stacy turned to TV. Although he made notable appearances on The Donna Reed Show (1958) and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952), it wasn't until 1968 that he gained his first big break, playing a young gunfighter on the TV series, Lancer (1968). Although the show was canceled in 1970, Stacy continued to land smaller roles on TV. In 1973, Stacy lost his left arm and left leg in a serious motorcycle accident that claimed the life of his girlfriend. The resultant medical bills wiped out Stacy's savings, but his ex-wives and his Hollywood friends rallied round and threw a benefit for him. Two years later, he made his professional comeback as a newspaper editor in the Western film, Posse (1975), in a role created expressly for him by the film's director, Kirk Douglas. Stacy was nominated twice for an Emmy: for Just a Little Inconvenience (1977) in 1977 and Cagney & Lacey (1981) in 1986. He retired in 1991.

Stacy's personal life was turbulent. Twice-divorced, he was married to actress and singer Connie Stevens (1963-1966) and actress Kim Darby (1968-1969), with whom he had a daughter, Heather Elias. In 1995, Stacy was arrested in California on charges of child molestation. Fleeing to Honolulu, Stacy attempted suicide. The following year, he was convicted of molesting an 11-year old girl. He served his six-year sentence at the California Institution for Men, at Chino. He was listed on National and California state sex offender registries.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kat Parsons <fke2d@Virginia.EDU>

Spouse (2)

Kim Darby (20 March 1968 - 26 June 1969) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Connie Stevens (12 October 1963 - 2 November 1966) ( divorced)

Trivia (4)

An avid skier before his accident, he has continued to ski since, providing the basis for one of his roles, in the movie Just a Little Inconvenience (1977).
Middle brother of Louie Elias and Carolyn Elias.
In November 1995, after pleading no contest to a charge of molesting an 11-year-old-girl, Stacy checked into a Ventura County rehab facility from which he was soon expelled for unruly behavior. He then flew to Honolulu, where he attempted suicide by drinking a pint of whiskey and leaping off a 1,200-foot (370 m) cliff. A ledge 45 feet (14 m) below broke his fall. He was arrested for failing to appear at his December 7th sentencing hearing at Ventura County Superior Court. On March 5, 1996, he received a six-year prison sentence, which he served in full at the California Institution for Men at Chino.
Father, with Kim Darby, of daughter Heather Elias.

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