James Read

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James Read
Born James Christopher Read
(1953-07-31) July 31, 1953 (age 65)
Buffalo, New York, United States
Residence Santa Barbara, California U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Pepperdine University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1982-present
Known for North and South • Charmed • Days of Our Lives
Spouse(s) Lora Lee (m.1978 - d.1983)
Wendy Kilbourne (1988–present)
Children 2

James Christopher Read (born July 31, 1953) is an American actor, known for his role of George Hazard in the North and South television miniseries.[1] He is also known for his recurring role as Victor Bennett on the supernatural series Charmed between 2001 and 2006.

Early life

Read was born in Buffalo, New York. He started acting as a student of law at the University of Oregon where he graduated in 1976. He studied acting in New York City and then did several off Broadway and regional theatres such as The Denver Center Theatre Company, where he had a couple of leading roles and spent three seasons. In 1998, he earned his Master's degree in psychology from Pepperdine University.

Career

Read is best known for his role as George Hazard in the three North and South miniseries (1985, 1986 and 1994) based on the John Jakes trilogy of novels of the same name (his co-star, Patrick Swayze, taught him how to ride a horse), and for his co-starring role in the movie Beaches (1988).

He had a recurring role on The WB series Charmed as Victor Bennett and was also a regular during the first season of Remington Steele. Recently, he could be seen as Ken Davis on the ABC family drama Wildfire and as ambassador Franklin Fairchild on the 2010 television series Persons Unknown. In 2008, he directed an episode of "Wildfire". In 2009, he performed in Better Angels as Abraham Lincoln at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, California. Since 2014, he has played the role of drug lord Clyde Weston on the soap opera Days of Our Lives.[2] On May 30, 2018, Michael Fairman TV and Soap Opera Digest announced Read joined the ABC Daytime soap opera General Hospital on June 6, 2018, as Gregory Chase.[3][4]

Personal Life

Read married his first wife Lora Lee June 1978, and the marriage ended in divorce in 1983.[5] He married his second wife former actress/attorney Wendy Kilbourne in 1988, and the couple have three children[6]; a son Jackson (b. 1990) and two daughters Willa (b. 1994) and Sydney (b. 1995). The family resides in Santa Barbara, California.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Blue Thunder Policeman at Bridge
1984 The Initiation Peter film debut
1988 Eight Men Out Claude "Lefty" Williams
1988 Beaches Michael Essex
1992 Love Crimes Stanton Gray
1997 Walking Thunder Abner Murdock
2001 Legally Blonde Elle's father
2001 Not Another Teen Movie Preston's father
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Elle's father
2005 A Lot Like Love Brent Friehl
2009 Fame Alice's dad
2011 Talker CO Short film

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Cheers H.W. Sawyer television debut

Episode: "Friends, Romans, and Accountants"

1982-1983 Remington Steele Murphy Michaels series regular; 20 episodes
1983 Trapper John, M.D. Ace Bukowski Episode: "The Agony of D'Feet"
1983 Fantasy Island Eddie Random Episode: "Random Choices/My Mother, the Swinger"
1983 Hotel Pike Episode: "Christmas"
1984 Jessie The Streak Episode: "The Lady Killer"
1984 Matt Houston Fletcher/Jason Haywood Episode: "The High Fashion Murders"
1985 Robert Kennedy and His Times Ted Kennedy Television Miniseries; 3 episodes
1985 Lace II Daryl Webster Television Movie
1985 Midas Valley Josh Landau Television Movie
1985 North and South George Hazzard Television Miniseries; 6 episodes
1986 North and South: Book II George Hazzard Television Miniseries; 6 episodes
1987 Shell Game Riley/John Reid 6 episodes; recurring role
1987 Celebration Family James Marston Television Movie
1987 Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story Cary Grant Television Movie
1990 Columbo Dr. Wesley Corman Episode: "Uneasy Lies the Crown"
1990 Midnight Caller Richard Clark Episode: "Nighthawk's Got the Blues"
1990 Lola Peter Baltic Television Movie
1990 Web of Deceit Paul Evanston Television Movie
1990 Back to Hannibal: The Return of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn Hugh Television Movie; credited as Read James
1991 Princesses Michael Decrow Episode: "Pilot"
1992 The President's Child Senator James Guthrie Television Movie
1994 North and South, Book III George Hazzard Television Miniseries; 3 episodes
1994 Heaven Help Us Max Episode: "The Last Great Hope"
1995 Murder, She Wrote Boyd Venton Episode: "Death 'N Denial"
1995 The Other Woman Michael Bryan Television Movie
1995 When the Dark Man Calls Detective Michael Lieberman Television Movie
1996 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Jack Olsen Episode: "The Dad Who Came in from the Cold"
1996 Harvest of Fire Scott Television Movie
1996 Full Circle Judge Carter Television Movie
1996 Home Improvement Captain Jenkins Episode: "At Sea"
1997 7th Heaven Bill Sanders Episode: "Brave New World"
1997 The Cape Jeff Episode: "Just Like Old Times"
1997 Diagnosis Murder David McReynolds Episode: "Open and Shut"
1998 Indiscret Zachariah Dodd Television Movie
1999 Profiler James Lofton Episode: "Las Brias"
2000 Touched by an Angel Nick Episode: "Millennium"
2001 Star Trek: Voyager Jaffen 2 episodes
2001-2006 Charmed Victor Bennett 13 episodes; recurring role
2002 Becker Dan Episode: "The Ex-Files"
2002 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Ben Episode: "The Competition"
2002-2005 American Dreams George Mason 10 episodes; recurring role
2005 Crossing Jordan Dean William Hargrave Episode: Family Affair"
2005-2008 Wildfire Ken Davis series regular; 40 episodes

also Director Episode "The Comeback"

2006 Pepper Dennis Mr. Brinkman Episode: "Dennis, Bulgari, Big Losers at ACoRNS"
2008 Cold Case Professor Robert Boreki '08 Episode: "Glory Days"
2010 In Plain Sight Damon Schmidt Episode: "The Born Identity"
2010 Persons Unknown Franklin Fairchild 5 episode; recurring role
2010 All Signs of Death Westin Nye Television Movie
2011 Castle Anton McHugh Episode: "Eye of the Beholder"
2012 CSI: NY Robert Monroe Episode: "Late Admissions"
2014-2018 Days of Our Lives Clyde Weston 92 episodes; recurring role
2017 This Is Us Duffy Collins Episode: "Number One"
2018 NCIS Alan Newhall Episode: "Dark Secrets"
2018 General Hospital Gregory Chase Episode: "#1.14096"

Theater

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Better Angels Abraham Lincoln play at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, California
2012 King Lear Albany play at the Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, Massachusetts
2012 The Tempest Antonio

References

  1. ^ Armstrong, Lois (May 12, 1986). "Returning in North and South, James Read Steers His Career, and Love Life, in the Right Direction". People. United States: Meredith Corporation. Retrieved June 4, 2018. 
  2. ^ Soaps SheKnows (March 10, 2015). "Days Recap: Four Dollar Haircut". Soaps.com. United States: SheKnows Media. Retrieved June 4, 2018. 
  3. ^ Fairman, Michael (May 30, 2018). "James Read to GH as Finn and Chase's Dad". Michael Fairman TV. United States: The Michael Fairman Company. Retrieved June 4, 2018. 
  4. ^ SOD (May 31, 2018). "James Read to GH". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Odyssey Magazine Publishing Group Inc. Retrieved June 4, 2018. 
  5. ^ "James Read". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-07-18. 
  6. ^ ABCARIAN, ROBIN (1994-07-17). "When the Perfect Pregnancy Goes Haywire". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-07-18. 

External links

  • James Read on IMDb
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