January 11, 1977
Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Rutgers University|
Huang (pronounced: "Hwong") was born in Queens, New York City, the youngest of ten children (five boys/five girls). He graduated from West Windson-Plains High School South in 1994. He attended Rutgers University – New Brunswick on a scholarship, majoring in theater and cinema. He graduated in 1998.
Huang's first job after leaving Rutgers was as a resident actor in the George Street Playhouse. After working in the New York stage world for a few years he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a film/television career. He worked in several areas of film, television, commercials and print modeling. He often plays police officers, FBI agents, and military men and is a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo.
As a commercial model, he has appeared in over twenty television commercials and print advertisements ranging from the UPS man to a Mervyns clothing model. In 2011, he appeared in several commercials including Subaru, Comcast/ Xfinity, and Bank of America. He has appeared in dozens of television shows including a memorable fight scene with Lost star Matthew Fox, The Unit, Shark, Las Vegas, NCIS and Law & Order, Boldly Going Nowhere, Private Practice, Law & Order: Los Angeles, and recurring roles in ABC's Women's Murder Club and TNT's Rizzoli & Isles, and General Hospital. He has also appeared in sitcoms including Will & Grace and The New Adventures of Old Christine. Feature film roles include the DreamWorks feature film, Eagle Eye and the Disney/Bruckheimer feature film G-Force, and the 2010 alien invasion film Skyline. He plays Marcus, alongside Bill Paxton, in the 2014 film Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Recent guest starring television appearances include "Castle (TV series)" on ABC and "NCIS: Los Angeles" on CBS.
As a director and producer, he won a Prism Award in 2007 for the MTV documentary True Life: I'm Addicted to Crystal Meth. He has written, produced and directed independent narrative films that have played in festivals across the country through his production company Yellow Sun Films.
James and his wife, Elizabeth Sandy (married 2011), both star in the romantic comedy Starting from Scratch which Huang also wrote and directed and landed a 2014 distribution deal with MouseTrap Films through their platform Film Festival Flix. The feature film won Best Comedy at the Asians on Film Festival, won Best Editing and the Vanguard Award for Best Ensemble Cast from the Independent Filmmakers Showcase Los Angeles, an Honorable Mention for Best Film at the New Jersey Film Festival, and won top honors for Best Feature Film at the DisOrient Film Festival.
- "James Huang – IMDb". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved November 13, 2010.
- "'Thank You for Smoking' tops Prism Awards". Los Angeles Times. April 25, 2007. Retrieved November 13, 2010.
- Starting from Scratch, News, http://www.startingfromscratchmovie.com/#/news/4561595137