Christopher Jaymes

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Christopher Jaymes
Chris Jaymes 2010.jpg
Born (1973-07-19) July 19, 1973 (age 48)
OccupationMusician, actor, director, screenwriter, producer

Christopher Jaymes (born July 19, 1973) is an American musician, television and film actor, director, screenwriter and producer.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jaymes was born in Long Beach, California and spent his early years in Huntington Beach as an only child. In his early teens, while working at a SCUBA shop as a Rescue Diver, he started having success as an amateur skateboarder which led him into the entertainment industry where he started working as an actor. He went on to attend Berklee College of Music studying piano and orchestration and toured with a number of artists, including Wanda Jackson, as a piano player.[2]


Jaymes' entered the entertainment industry at the age of 17, getting a guest starring role in the hit show, Wings, which ended up getting cut out and rewritten prior to getting shot. Shortly, thereafter, he was cast starring opposite Helen Hunt in the CBS movie-of-the-week Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart Story and he then went on to appear on a number of other television shows including Lost, Party of Five, Profiler, Chicago Hope, NYPD Blue and Touched by an Angel. He played in a number of films as well including Ivan Reitman's Father's Day starring Robin Williams and Billy Crystal.[3]

By 2000, he had directed a number of short films including The Reel and working as a script supervisor, editor and screenwriter until he starred and co-produced the feature film It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Trying. After which, he directed his first feature film In Memory of My Father where he starred alongside Jeremy Sisto and Judy Greer, as well as, produced, wrote, directed and edited the film which went onto receive critical acclaim and win a number of awards internationally, including the 2006 American Spirit/Best Feature Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Grand Jury Award at CineVegas, Best Debut Feature at Sonoma Valley Film Festival and Best Director at the San Diego Film Festival.[3][4][5]

Over the next years, Jaymes worked with numerous companies in development, including Signature Pictures, ghost writing on six films including The Black Dahlia, Tristen + Leopold, and The Contractor, while also consulting through production and post.

In MySpace's heyday, Jaymes was hired as a content producer, to help stimulate and develop MySpace's homepage into a hub for video content, producing spots featuring artists and events, such as the Beastie Boys, Wyclef Jean, Colbie Caillat, Sundance, the Toronto International Film Festival, and many others. Concurrently, Jaymes produced and directed a number of commercials and web campaigns for companies such as Intel, Lenovo, Harper/Collins, FRS, NaturaPet, Nikki Six, and, while also focusing his efforts on a myriad of Non-Profit Organizations, including One Generation and Sweet Relief Musician's Fund.

Jaymes published a book, entitled Boxing Day about his experiences working in the 2004 tsunami disaster relief efforts[6]

In 2010, Chris Jaymes co-wrote and directed Making A Scene starring William Shatner, Dave Foley, and Jason Priestley, a one-hour comedy for television,[3] which led to a string of shows for the CBC including Long Story Short a scripted comedy with Martin Short starring Robin Duke, Anne Murray, and Norman Jewison, and two pilots, including Late Night with Lang & O'Leary, and an entertainment news show, The Feed.[3][7]

In 2011, he directed the feature-length thriller, The Cottage starring David Arquette, Kristen Dalton, and Lorraine Nicholson, while also working with Levendis Entertainment and Nick Lambrou, developing the screenplay for the feature film action epic, Sons of Chaos, surrounding the Greek War for Independence.

In 2012, Jaymes was brought on as a producer for a Travel Channel show starring David Arquette and Mike McGuinness, while also directing a series for FOX/Netflix entitled Bad Samaritans with Andy Dick and Julianna Guill.

Beginning in 2012, Jaymes began working with the non-profit organization Island Dolphin Care, a facility where children with brain disorders and war veterans with PTSD, receive progressive therapy treatments working alongside bottlenose dolphins. His research and footage of IDC dolphins combined with news anchor Kerry Sanders’ (NBC) reporting, won the 2014 Michael Debakey Journalism Award, recognizing outstanding journalism that highlights the role of biomedical research that includes the humane and responsible use of animal models in recent medical discoveries and scientific breakthroughs. The story was about a dolphin named Sara who underwent an expansion of a somewhat collapsed airway; a procedure carried out by a group of specialists from across the country, that had never before executed on a dolphin and the surgery was a success.

Jaymes's screenplay Unconditional based on Joe Hoagland and the story that inspired the inception of Island Dolphin Care was recognized as a 2016 Semi-Finalist in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Nicholl Fellowship.

In 2018, Jaymes directed Cartel Pictures thriller Their Killer Affair for Lifetime starring Melissa Archer produced by Eric Scott Woods and Stan Spry. In December 2020, Jaymes again teamed up with Cartel Pictures to direct another thriller for Lifetime(TV network) entitled Recipe for Abduction.

In 2019, after eight years of development, Sons of Chaos, a historical fictionalized retelling of the Greek Revolution of 1821 was published globally as a hardbound, 192 page, oversized graphic novel, by IDW and Penguin Random House. Jaymes wrote and created the book with Ale Aragon doing the artwork.[8]

In December 2020, the release of the Greek Edition, entitled 1821:Children of the Revolution was published by Kaktos Publishing throughout all Greek territories and Cyprus.


  • Recipe for Abduction (2021) – Director
  • Their Killer Affair (2020) – Director
  • The Cottage (2012) – Director, editor
  • Misfits (2011) – Actor
  • Shrink Me (2010) – Writer, director
  • Bhutto (2010) – Cinematography
  • Beyond the Mat (2010) – Editor
  • In Memory of My Father (2008) – writer, director, producer, editor, actor
  • It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Trying (2000) – producer, actor
  • Max, 13 (1999) – actor
  • Verses (1999) – actor, editor
  • The Reel (1999) – writer, director, actor
  • Little Savant (1999) – actor
  • Some Girl (1998) – actor
  • Father's Day (1997) – actor
  • Dogs of Wood's Hole (1997) – actor



  • Unconditional - Screenplay
    • 2016 Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences – Nicholl Fellowship Semi-Finalist
  • In Memory of My Father
    • 2006 Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Best American Film/American Spirit Award
    • 2006 Sonoma Valley Film Festival – Best Debut Feature
    • 2006 Santa Cruz Film Festival – Director's Award
    • 2005 CineVegas – Grand Jury Award
    • 2005 San Diego Film FestivalBest Director[9]
    • 2005 AOF FEST – Best Picture
    • 2005 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival – Spirit Award
    • 2006 Lake Forest Film Fest – Grand Jury Award


  • In Memory of My Father
    • 2006 Atlanta Film Festival – Best Actor
    • 2006 Marbella International Film Festival – Best Film
    • 2005 NatFilm Copenhagen – Best Feature
    • 2005 Starz Denver Int. Film Fest – Director to Watch – Chris Jaymes


  1. ^ Open Magazine Interview June 2008 Archived September 27, 2008, at
  2. ^ Imdb Bio
  3. ^ a b c d e IMDb credits for Christopher Jaymes
  4. ^ Santa Barbara 2006 Awards Archived April 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Film Threat Sonoma Valley Awards
  6. ^ "Official Site". Archived from the original on July 31, 2008. Retrieved June 14, 2008.
  7. ^ "Upcoming Guests - Week of May 9, 2011". May 6, 2011. Archived from the original on November 9, 2012.
  8. ^
  9. ^ "san diego film festival 2007: award winners". July 3, 2007. Archived from the original on July 3, 2007. Retrieved September 23, 2019.

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