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Overview (4)

Born in London, England, UK
Birth NameJames R. Wearing Smith
Nickname James W. Gunn
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

James With started traveling early... before he was a year old he had travel through most of Europe, and perhaps it is correct to say he's never stopped. Learning to act came naturally and when his parents settled in Perth, Western Australia, it didn't take the young boy long to start dream of escaping again to explore other places. The untimely passing of his father when still in high school was likely the catalyst to pursuing a performance career, against his mother's wishes. Now, as an accomplished actor and producer, presently residing in Asia, James seeks out challenges and carefully chooses his acting engagements.

Completing studies at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), James has put his diverse wealth of life's experiences into his work as a producer and entertainment specialist, producing & co-producing through his flagship company TRI-US Entertainment. James has worked in the fields of investment banking and finance for international banks and investment firms, having also worked as a licensed securities dealer and financial investment advisor. James has cultivated a strong interest in structuring financial products for entertainment and the arts, focusing on stories with significant humanitarian, geographical and environmental themes.

James loves acting and working actively in front of the camera and also relishes the challenges of production and working behind the camera. Sharing life and business with others continually inspires him to work at high professional standards and through the medium of entertainment he is intent on promoting Asia's vast range of locations, cultures and peoples in the global entertainment industry.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Magnus Gunn

Trivia (26)

Appears as a British Air Force pilot stationed in Iraq in the Roland Emmerich directed blockbuster film "Independence Day" by Centrolpolis Entertainment
Worked for a while as a licensed stock broker in Japan
Ex-founding member of ChindAsia Lifestyle Group, owner of Club Perdomo Bangkok. Club Perdomo was demolished in 2016 after expiry of the land lease.
Founding partner of Explore Media Group (EMG).
Held a non-executive position on the Advisory Board of Lifeis World Enterprises Pvt Ltd. from 2010-2015.
Held a non-executive position on the South East Asia Investigations into Social and Humanitarian Activities Expert Advisory Group from 2009-2015.
James' is the first born son of his mother Elizabeth Janet Gunn and father James Alexander Wearing Smith. His parents met and married in Australia.
Founder and owner of Trius Global Media, a global distribution group of partner companies.
James is the eldest of three children. His sister Diana is two years younger and his brother Marcus is three years younger.
James heralds from Clan Gunn, a Highland Scottish clan associated with lands in northeastern Scotland, including Caithness, Sutherland and, arguably, the Orkney Isles. The Clan Gunn is one of the oldest Scottish Clans descended from the Norse Jarls of Orkney and the Pictish Mormaers of Caithness.
Founder and owner of TRI-US Entertainment, a global production group of partner companies.
James' grandfather, James Wearing Smith III, fought in both WWI and WWII, a recognised Rats of Tobruk soldier, part of the garrison who held the Libyan port of Tobruk against the Afrika Corps, during the Siege of Tobruk in World War II. The siege started on 10 April 1941 and was finally relieved at the end of November.
Venture capital investor and shareholder in Varenya Softech, an Indian business technology solutions and managed services company.
Appointed Chief Executive Officer of Orpheus Group of companies in 2018. Orpheus Energy (Hong Kong) Limited is headquartered in Hong Kong, China and focuses on energy solutions for humanity.
President of Stark Networks AG, a family office in Switzerland, a company that focuses on property, investment and technology, working with leading companies in all areas of project planning, development, implementation and management.
Fluent in a number of languages, including German, Japanese and Thai.
Plays classical guitar and past Western Australian Opera chorus member.
James With played his own classical guitar in a Spanish villa scene with Peter Malota and Jean-Claude Van Damme's wife Darcy LaPier for the The Quest (1996); the scene was filmed in the Northern mountains of Thailand and left on the cutting room floor, not making it into the final edited and released film.
James With worked with Oliver Stone on a series of television commercials produced by McCann Singapore for their client Motorola, introducing the concept of wireless communications and 2.5G technology.
Whilst on an elaborate stunt scene with Jackie Chan on The Medallion (2003), director Gordon Chan made James With lie on the floor for hours whilst the set was dressed and prepared for destruction.
James With (Wearing Smith) gave a speech on 3D filmmaking at a TED conference, the inaugural TEDxBKK event held in Bangkok, Thailand.
James Wearing Smith (James With) appeared as a Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot in Independence Day (1996) holding a Browning Hi-Power pistol in scenes set in Iraq during the early hours of July 4th, scenes that were filmed at the Wendover Air Force Base, a former United States Air Force base in Utah, USA.
In the early 1990s James Wearing Smith (James With) opened Just Ask Co., Ltd, the first production services company in Phuket, Thailand. He employed Prisana 'Maew' Trachai as a production coordinator working with Thai crews, to produce many television advertising spots and music videos.
James With recorded audition materials whilst working on The Phantom (1996). After sending them to Australian film director Ian Barry he was cast in Robo Warriors (1996), which filmed on locations in the Philippines.
During breaks between filming of The Phantom (1996) at the Village Roadshow Studios, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, James With serenaded Catherine Zeta-Jones playing his classical guitar.
In the 1990's James worked with Ross W. Clarkson and cast Paula Taylor in a music video for the Chinese television market, which helped Ms. Taylor at a young age gain notoriety in Thailand, leading to her being cast in a number of feature films as well as working as a regular VJ for the Channel V Thailand television program and to her involvement in Asia's Next Top Model (2012).

Personal Quotes (2)

Light a fire, burn a building, people donate BIG amounts of money. Manufacture weapons to kill people, BIG amounts of money flood in. Calls to clean up waste, to create good things, these fall on deaf ears. Money is tighter than a two coats of pain..T ired!
Life is a journey, we choose our modes, sometimes sitting, floating, fighting, flying, dancing, driving, walking the talk and talking the walk.

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