James Lecesne

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James Lecesne
Born (1954-11-24) November 24, 1954 (age 60)
New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Author, Screenwriter
Years active 1983–present
Religion Nichiren Buddhism (Soka Gakkai International)

James Lecesne (born November 24, 1954) is an American actor and writer.[1][2]

Lecesne was the writer of the 1995 short film Trevor which won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film,[3][4][5] which he had adapted into a screenplay based on a character from his one-man show Word of Mouth. Also in 1995, Word of Mouth won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show.[6]

In 1998, on the night Ellen DeGeneres hosted the television debut of Trevor on HBO, Lecesne co-founded and launched The Trevor Project as the first nationwide 24-hour crisis intervention lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, including phone, in-person and online life-affirming resources such as Trevor Lifeline, TrevorChat, TrevorSpace, Ask Trevor and Trevor Education Workshops.[7]

In 2008, the HarperCollins imprint HarperTeen published Lecesnes's novel Absolute Brightness, the story of "a luminous force of nature, a boy named Leonard Pelkey, who encounters evil and whose magic isn't truly felt until he disappears."[8]

Lecesne, an off-Broadway veteran, made his Broadway debut in 2012 performing the role of Dick Jensen in Gore Vidal's political drama The Best Man, which also starred James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Cybill Shepherd, and Eric McCormack.[9]

Lecense practices Nichiren Buddhism and is a member of the international Buddhist association Soka Gakkai. As part of his spiritual practice, Lecesne has stated that he recites the Buddhist chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo each day.[10]


  1. ^ Ben Brantley (May 9, 1995). "A Quick-Change Artist Tries On Seven Identities". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "James Lecesne to share love of performance and the written word at Brandeis". Brandeis.edu. 2007-12-21. 
  3. ^ "The 67th Academy Awards (1995) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  4. ^ "Movies: Trevor (1994)". New York Times. Retrieved Dec 29, 2008. 
  5. ^ Frank Rizzo (March 6, 2010). "James Lecesne Screens Katrina Docu "After the Storm"". Courant.com. 
  6. ^ "Drama Desk Honors". New York Times. May 23, 1995. 
  7. ^ TheTrevorProject.com. "The Trevor Project History". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  8. ^ GoodReads.com (February 5, 2008). "Absolute Brightness Review". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  9. ^ Scott Heller (May 23, 2012). "James Lecesne Will Replace an Injured Michael McKean in ‘Best Man’". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ GakkaiOnline.net (June 2001). "Living My "Right Life"". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 

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