McNichol in July 2011
|Born||James Vincent McNichol III
July 2, 1961
Los Angeles, California, USA
He got his start at the age of 7, acting in a Band-Aid commercial. He appeared in roughly 60 commercials between 1967–1973, including spots for Kool-Aid and Crest. He then landed minor roles in shows such as S.W.A.T. and Little House on the Prairie.
He made his first movie, Sunshine, in 1973 at the age of 12. His first regular starring role was as younger brother Jack on The Fitzpatricks. Michele Tobin played his sister on the show, and they later reteamed on California Fever. McNichol sang the show's theme song, and in 1978 recorded an album with his sister, Kristy, produced by Phil & Mitch Margo. When California Fever ended, Jimmy was given the role as host of a weekly talk show, Hollywood Teen. He appeared in several successful made-for-TV movies, including Blinded by the Light which co-starred his sister Kristy. He made several low budget feature films before accepting the role of Josh Clayton on General Hospital. His love of music continued and he performed in a band throughout the 1980s under the name "Jimmy James".
His last notable acting role was that of Jill Ireland's son Val in the movie based on her life. In the early 1990s James gave up acting and has been doing residential construction and rehab work. He continues to sing and conceive ideas for protecting the environment. His most recent idea was for an environmental program for kids, PlaneTView, to be hosted by sister, Kristy. The show was never picked up. James now lives with his wife Renee (married in 1997) and two children (a son, Nash, and a daughter, Ellis, born in 1998) in Southern California.
In 1999, he was focusing on ecological education with a web site called ECOTV, was still performing with his band "Wizard King" and released a new CD, called Echo Warrior.
- General Hospital as Josh Clayton (1984–85)
- Little House on the Prairie
- The Fitzpatricks
- California Fever
- Escape from El Diablo (1983)
- Night Warning (1982)
- Blinded by the Light (1982)
- Smokey Bites the Dust (1981)
- Champions: A Love Story (1979)
- Me and Dad's New Wife (1976)
- Sunshine (1973)
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