James Duval

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James Duval
Duval in 2011
Born (1972-09-10) September 10, 1972 (age 51)
Years active1993–present

James Edward Duval (born September 10, 1972[1]) is an American actor. He is known for his roles in Independence Day (1996), Go (1999), Donnie Darko (2001), May (2002), and the films of Gregg Araki.

Duval has starred in numerous independent films,[1] including the 2009 psychological thriller The Black Waters of Echo's Pond and the mystery crime-thriller film Noirland.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Detroit in 1972[1] to a Franco-Vietnamese mother from Saigon[1] and a father with Irish and Native American ancestry,[1] Duval's family moved to Los Angeles when he was 2 years old.[1] He grew up around the Greater Los Angeles area, going to elementary school in Redondo Beach before graduating from Gladstone High School in Covina in 1989.[1] As a teenager in his early career with Gregg Araki's Teenage Apocalypse films, he identified with the themes of nihilism, social alienation and not fitting in:[4][5] "I was 18 and living that, searching for myself who I was, where I belonged. I was really confused. Working with Gregg gave me something to move towards. ... there were things I was feeling—that I wasn’t liked, that there were things I couldn’t do to fit in. I was attracted to alternative music and feeling what they were singing about, even though I hadn’t really lived. I was so distraught. I was only 18–19. Everything weighed on that on a daily basis. It was so intense, and almost overwhelming."[4]

In a 1997 interview promoting Araki's Nowhere, as well as discussing the racism he experienced in his youth,[6] he expressed frustration with being asked about his sexuality as a result of playing queer roles, and mentioned that he was dating his Nowhere co-star Sarah Lassez.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1993 An Ambush of Ghosts Student #1
1993 Totally F***ed Up Andy
1995 The Doom Generation Jordan White
1996 Independence Day Miguel Casse
1997 River Made to Drown In Jaime
1997 Nowhere Dark Smith
1998 Wild Horses Jimmy
1998 Stamp and Deliver
1998 The Clown at Midnight George Reese
1998 Alexandria Hotel Romero
1998 How to Make the Cruelest Month Westy
1998 SLC Punk! John the Mod Credited as Jimmy Duval
1999 Go Singh
1999 The Weekend Robert
2000 This Is How the World Ends Blue TV show
2000 Gone in 60 Seconds Freb
2001 Amerikana Chris
2001 Donnie Darko Frank Anderson
2001 The Doe Boy Hunter Kirk Won "Best Actor" at the American Indian Film Festival[7]
2001 The Tag Viggs
2001 A Galaxy Far, Far Away Himself
2002 Comic Book Villains Baz
2002 May Blank
2002 Scumrock Drew
2003 Pledge of Allegiance Ray
2004 Window Theory Dave Kordelewski
2004 Frog-g-g! Freb
2004 Open House Joel Rodman
2005 Venice Underground Lucious Jackson
2005 Chasing Ghosts Dmitri Parramatti
2005 Standing Still Stoner Steve
2006 The Iron Man Lawyer 2
2006 Mad Cowgirl Thierry
2006 Roman Goth Dude Deleted scenes
2006 Pancho and Lefty Lefty
2007 Kush Cyrus
2007 Numb Caleb Short film
2007 The Pacific and Eddy Noel
2007 Luck of the Draw Grady
2008 The Art of Travel Taylor "One Ball"
2008 Pox Himself
2008 Toxic Brad
2008 Cornered! Jimmy
2008 Evilution Asia Mark
2009 Thirsty Beverage Announcer Voice role
2009 2 Dudes & a Dream Phil
2009 Penance Guy
2009 The Black Waters of Echo's Pond Rick
2010 Now Here Luis Ortiz
2010 Not Another Not Another Movie Miguel
2010 Everything Will Happen Before You Die Paynie
2010 Caller ID Miles
2010 Closing Time Jimmy
2010 Noirland Tiberius Malloy
Naked Angel Andreas Post-production
2010 Playback Clark
2010 Kaboom Messiah
2011 Alyce Kills Vince
2011 Not Another Not Another Movie Himself
2012 Delirium Burell[8]
2012 Touchback Rodriguez
2013 Look at Me Frank
2013 Blue Dream Robert Harmon
2014 Hercules Reborn Horace
2015 Punk's Dead John The Mod
2015 The Sparrows Hector Sanchez
2016 American Romance Stewart Miles
2017 The Abduction of Jennifer Grayson Jeremy
2017 Spreading Darkness Mark Minscourri
2018 BoJack Horseman Studio Grip Episode: "The Dog Days Are Over"
2019 Now Apocalypse Homeless man Recurring
2022 Without Ward Helmholtz W. Gault
2022 I, Challenger Sid


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Witbrodt, Cathy L. (May 27, 2004). "James Duval: staying true to indie roots". YouthQuake. Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  2. ^ "New One-Sheet: The Black Waters of Echo's Pond / Theatrical Screening Info". Dreadcentral.com. March 4, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  3. ^ "James Duval Heads to Noirland! First Teaser and Images". Dreadcentral.com. April 15, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Kramer, Gary M. (April 7, 2023). "Q&A: Gregg Araki and James Duval revisit The Doom Generation". Gay City News. Retrieved September 29, 2023.
  5. ^ Woods, Cat (November 23, 2022). "James Duval reflects on Gregg Araki's The Doom Generation ahead of Sundance celebration". Flicks. Retrieved September 29, 2023.
  6. ^ a b "An Actor Who's Going Somewhere Fast: James Duval Sizzles Up the Screen in Gregg Araki's new Nowhere". Fuel. 1997. Retrieved September 29, 2023 – via James Duval.
  7. ^ Awards for James Duval at IMDb
  8. ^ Jared Black's Delirium

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