Stacy in 1968
|Born||Maurice William Elias
December 23, 1936
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Jim Stacey
|Years active||1957 – 1991|
|Spouse(s)||Connie Stevens (m. 1963–66)
Kim Darby (m. 1968–69)
James Stacy (born December 23, 1936) is a former American film and television actor. A motorcycle crash left him a multiple amputee and killed his girlfriend in 1973. After his recovery, he returned to acting in 1975 before retiring in 1991.
Early life and career
Stacy was born Maurice William Elias in Los Angeles to an Irish-Scottish waitress and a Lebanese-American bookmaker. Stacy made his film debut in 1957's Sayonara, and his television debut in Highway Patrol. He had a recurring role as "Fred" in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet from 1958 to 1963. In the 1960s he sporadically appeared in TV shows, including Gunsmoke, Hazel, The Donna Reed Show, Have Gun - Will Travel, Perry Mason, and Combat! In 1966 he appeared on the final episode of Perry Mason as actor and murder victim Barry Conrad in "The Case of the Final Fade-Out." As an television actor, Stacy is best remembered as a star on the Western series Lancer on CBS from 1968 to 1970. He played the character "Johnny Madrid Lancer", a former gunslinger.
In addition to television roles, Stacy was also in several motion pictures from the 1950s through the 1970s, including a minor part in the musical South Pacific.
On September 27, 1973, a drunk driver struck Stacy and his girlfriend, waitress Claire Cox, while they were riding tandem on a motorcycle. Cox died of her injuries, and Stacy lost his left arm and leg. Stacy's ex-wife, actress and singer Connie Stevens, organized a 1974 celebrity gala to raise money for his expenses. The gala, whose attendees included Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand, raised $118,000 for his expenses. In 1976, he won a $1.9 million landmark lawsuit against the bar that had served the drunk driver.
After his recovery, Stacy appeared in roles created to accommodate his handicap. His comeback film was the 1975 Kirk Douglas Western Posse, in which he was cast as newspaper editor "Harold Hellman", a part Douglas had written for him. In 1977, he starred in the TV movie Just a Little Inconvenience, playing a double-amputee Vietnam veteran. The role earned him his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special. In 1980, Stacy starred in and produced the TV movie, My Kidnapper, My Love. His brother, Louie Elias, a character actor and stuntman, wrote the screenplay, based on the novel by Oscar Saul, to accommodate Stacy’s handicap. Elias was also the associate producer.
Other television appearances included Hotel, Cagney & Lacey (for which he was nominated for a second Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series), and Highway to Heaven. His last TV role was in five 1990 episodes of the cop series Wiseguy, playing "Ed Rogosheske."
Stacy has been married twice. He married actress and singer Connie Stevens in 1963. They divorced in 1966. Stacy's second marriage was to actress Kim Darby in 1968. They had a daughter, Heather, before divorcing in 1969.
Arrest and conviction
On December 7, 1995, he failed to appear for sentencing in Ventura County Superior Court. He was arrested the next day in a Honolulu, Hawaii, hospital after having fled California. He attempted suicide by drinking a pint of whiskey and then leaping off a 1,200-foot (370 m) cliff. He landed on a ledge 45 feet (14 m) below, and his high-profile rescue from the peak by Hawaii authorities made the nightly news. After recovering, Stacy waived extradition and returned to California. On March 5, 1996, he received a six-year prison sentence. The prosecutor in the case initially said she believed Stacy might have been eligible for probation for the molestation, but his post-arrest behavior, coupled with two arrests in June 1995 for prowling at the homes of other girls,[not in citation given] led her to seek a prison sentence. He served his sentence at the California Institution for Men, at Chino. Stacy, who is required to register as a sex offender under Megan's Law, currently resides in Ventura, California.
|1956–63||The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet||Fred||19 episodes|
|1957||Highway Patrol||Young Man in Car||Episode: "Female Hitchhiker"|
|1958||South Pacific||Sailor/Seabee||Credited as Jim Stacey|
|1958||Lafayette Escadrille||Alan Nichols||Uncredited|
|1962||Shannon||Cracker Coe||Episode: "The Jungle Kid"|
|1962||Have Gun – Will Travel||Johnny Tully||Episode: "Man in an Hourglass"|
|1962||The Donna Reed Show||Danny
|1962||Cheyenne||Luther James||Episode: "Showdown at Oxbend"|
|1963||Summer Magic||Charles Bryant|
|1963||Hazel||Episode: "The Baby Came C.O.D."|
|1964–66||Perry Mason||Scott Everett
|1964–73||Gunsmoke||Various roles||5 episodes|
|1965||A Swingin' Summer||Mickey|
|1965||Like Father, Like Son||Art||Credited as Jim Stacey|
|1965||Winter A-Go-Go||Danny Frazer|
|1965||Mister Roberts||Episode: "Just Getting There Is Half the Fun"|
|1966||Baby Makes Three||Dr. Peter Cooper||Television movie|
|1966||The Monroes||Perry Hutchins||Episode: "Ride with Terror"|
|1966||Combat!||Farley||Episode: "The Bankroll"|
|1968||Premiere||Andrew Bass||Episode: "The Freebooters"|
|1968||Cimarron Strip||Joe Bravo||Episode: "The Judgment"|
|1968–70||Lancer||Johnny Madrid Lancer||51 episodes|
|1971||Paper Man||Jerry||Television movie|
|1972||Love, American Style||Segment: "Love and the Alibi"|
|1972||Heat of Anger||Gus Pride||Television movie|
|1972||Medical Center||Neil||Episode: "Cycle of Peril"|
|1972||The Streets of San Francisco||Peter Forrest||Episode: "Whose Little Boy Are You?"|
|1972||Marcus Welby, M.D.||Phil Darrow||Episode: "Jason Be Nimble, Jason Be Quick"|
|1972||Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law||Episode: "Starting Over Again"|
|1973||Ordeal||Andy Folsom||Television movie|
|1977||Just a Little Inconvenience||Kenny Briggs||Television movie|
|1980||My Kidnapper, My Love||Denny||Television movie|
|1983||Double Exposure||B.J. Wilde||Alternative title: Model Killer|
|1983||Something Wicked This Way Comes||Ed, the Bartender|
|1985||Hotel||Jeremy Hale||Episode: "Saving Grace"|
|1986||Cagney & Lacey||Ted Peters||Episode: "The Gimp"|
|1987||Highway to Heaven||Joe Mason||Episode: "The Hero"|
|1990||Wiseguy||Ed Rogosheske||5 episodes|
|1990||Matters of the Heart||Glen Harper||Television movie|
|1991||F/X2||Cyborg||Alternative title: F/X 2: The Deadly Art of Illusion|
- "California Registered Sex Offender Profile - Maurice William Elias". Megan's Law - California Sex Offender Registry. Retrieved July 24, 2010.
- James Stacy Biography. James Stacy.com.
- Misery Worth Millions. Time Magazine. 31 May 1976.
- "Hitting Bottom". People 45 (19): 62. 1996-05-13. ISSN 0093-7673.
- Elias, Paul. Actor Stacy Sentenced in Molestation. L.A. Times. 6 March 1996.
- James Stacy at the Internet Movie Database
- James Stacy at AllMovie
- James Stacy Web Ring
- James Stacy Biography (aka Maurice William Elias)