James Frawley

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James Frawley
Born (1936-09-29) September 29, 1936 (age 82)
OccupationFilm director, actor
Years active1960-present

James Frawley (born September 29, 1936 in Houston, Texas) is an American director and actor. He has been a member of the Actors Studio since at least 1961.[1][2]

He had a short-lived acting career, appearing in supporting roles in film and television from 1963 to 1966. A memorable appearance was the role of Hawaii District Attorney Alvarez in the 1965 Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Feather Cloak". In 1966 he was hired as a director for the new series The Monkees; he ended up directing half of the series' 58 episodes.[3]

He began a career of over four decades as a director. TV series he has directed include Cagney & Lacey, Smallville, Ghost Whisperer and Judging Amy, along with many others. He has also directed occasional feature films and television films, most notably The Muppet Movie in 1979. He had a cameo appearance in The Muppet Movie as a waiter, marking his last acting role to date.[citation needed]

He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series in 1967 for the episode "Royal Flush" of The Monkees, and was nominated for the same award the following year for another Monkees episode, "The Devil and Peter Tork".[citation needed]


James Frawley is not related to actor William Frawley (I Love Lucy).[4]


References and Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.
  2. ^ James Frawley at the University of Wisconsin's Actors Studio audio collection Archived 2013-10-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ http://themonkees.com/tvepisodes.htm
  4. ^ "Monkees, Muppets,Mayhem and More: A Conversation with James Fawley". popcultureaddict.com. Retrieved 2016-02-01.

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