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John James (actor)

John James
Born John James Anderson
(1956-04-18) April 18, 1956
Minneapolis, Minnesota,
United States
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Denise Coward (20th April, 1989-present)
Children Laura James
Philip James

John James Anderson (born April 18, 1956) is an American actor, best known to television audiences for playing the character of Jeff Colby in both the prime-time soap opera Dynasty and its spin-off series The Colbys throughout the 1980s.[1]

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, James is the son of radio broadcaster Herb Oscar Anderson, and brother of actor Herb Anderson.[2]

He is a veteran of daytime soaps, first appearing in Search for Tomorrow in the late 1970s. In 1981 he won the role of Jeff Colby in Dynasty, appearing in the very first episode, Oil, and remaining on the soap opera until the final episode, Catch 22 (1989). He returned to play Jeff one last time in the TV movie, Dynasty: The Reunion (1991). James was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role in Dynasty (1985) and appeared at the 1986 ceremony along with Ed Begley, Jr., David Carradine, Richard Farnsworth, John Malkovich, Pat Morita, Edward James Olmos, and Bruce Weitz. The Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film went to Olmos.[3][4]

James returned to the genre playing Rick Decker on As the World Turns in 2003–2004. In May 2006, he was cast in the role of Dr. Jeff Martin (the first husband of Erica Kane played by series star Susan Lucci) on the ABC daytime soap opera All My Children. He began airing the following month. On July 15, 2008, James returned to As the World Turns, reprising the role of demented Dr. Rick Decker.[5]

In film, James starred in Michael Pare; and in Lightning: Fire from the Sky (2001) with Jesse Eisenberg, Stacy Keach and John Schneider. He also produced and starred in Illegal Aliens (2007), which would be Anna Nicole Smith's last movie. All four movies were directed by David Giancola. James has recently starred in the Giancola documentary, Addicted to Fame (2012), about the making of their film Illegal Aliens.[6][7]

James married Denise Ellen Coward in 1989, a model and 2nd Runner-up for Miss World 1978.[8] They are still married and have two children.

His daughter Laura James won America's Next Top Model, Cycle 19.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Addicted to Fame Himself Documentary; Biography
2008 As the World Turns Rick Decker 14 Episodes (2003-2008)
2007 Illegal Aliens Big Tony Producer
2007 All My Children Jeff Martin 32 Episodes (2006-2007)
2001 Lightning: Fire from the Sky Porter Randall TV Movie
2001 The Cursed Scott
2000 Icebreaker Will Langley
2000 Pacific Blue S.N.A.F.U. 1 Episode
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave Ray Kennedy 1 Episode
1998 Touched by an Angel Sam Carver 1 Episode
1992 Partners 'n Love Carey Mays TV Movie
1991 Dynasty: The Reunion Jeff Colby TV Movie
1991 Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter Brett Huston TV Movie
1989 Dynasty Jeff Colby 168 Episodes (1981-1989); Golden Globe Award Nomination
1987 Haunted by Her Past Eric Beckett TV Movie
1987 The Colbys Jeff Colby 49 Episodes (1985-1987)
1984 He's Not Your Son Ted Barnes TV Movie
1984 Finder of Lost Loves Father Michael Bretton 1 Episode
1982 The Love Boat Di Nardi / Enzo Carducci 4 Episodes
1982 Fantasy Island Corky Daniels 1 Episode
1977-1979 Search for Tomorrow Tom 'Junior' Bergman Unknown Episodes




  • This Time b/w Fooling Around (with Heidi Bruhl) (1984)[15]
  • Painted Dreams b/w Sleeping In Your Arms Again (1985)[16]


  1. ^ ABC News, Dynasty Turns 32: Where Are the Carringtons Now? John James, access date 24.12.2013.
  2. ^ Benjamin, Scott, Herb Oscar Anderson Profile,, access date 22.12.2013.
  3. ^ The Hollywood Foreign Press Association Official Website of the Golden Globe Awards, access date 22.12.2013.
  4. ^ James, John, The Internet Movie Database, access date 22.12.2013.
  5. ^ James, John, IMDB, access date 23.12.2013.
  6. ^ Entertainment Weekly, Director David Giancola and Dynasty star John James on their Anna Nicole Smith doc, Addicted to Fame, access date 24.12.2013.
  7. ^ James, John, IMDB, access date 22.12.2013.
  8. ^ Coward, Denise, History, Miss World Organization (, accessed 22.12.2013.
  9. ^ "Another upstate Laura for `ANTM’".  
  10. ^ The Hollywood Foreign Press Association Official Website of the Golden Globe Awards, access date 24.12.2013.
  11. ^ People's Choice Web Page accessed 24.12.2013.
  12. ^ People's Choice Web Page accessed 24.12.2013.
  13. ^ People's Choice Web Page accessed 24.12.2013.
  14. ^ People's Choice Web Page accessed 24.12.2013.
  15. ^ James, John & Bruhl, Heidi This Time, RCA, 1984, Discogs, access date 23.12.2013.
  16. ^ James, John, Painted Dreams, RCA, 1985, Discogs, access date 23.12.2013.

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