December 29, 1947|
|Died||January 20, 2014
Los Angeles, California
|Alma mater||Carnegie Mellon University|
Jacks grew up in a military family. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and from Cornell University with an MBA. He was working as a Wall Street financial analyst when he decided to be a screenwriter. Unsuccessful, he became head of production at Circle Films in the early- to mid-1980s and then senior vice-president of production at Universal Studios from the late-1980s into the early-1990s. In 1992, he became an independent producer with Alphaville Films, which he co-founded with Sean Daniel. He left Alphaville Films in 2004.
Jacks died on January 20, 2014 of a heart attack at his Los Angeles home at the age of 66.
|1987||Raising Arizona||executive producer|
|1993||Dazed and Confused||producer|
|Heart and Souls||executive producer|
|1995||Village of the Damned||co-executive producer|
|1996||Don't Look Back||executive producer|
|1998||A Simple Plan||producer|
|2001||Down to Earth||producer|
|The Mummy Returns||producer|
|Rat Race||executive producer|
|2002||The Scorpion King||producer|
|Intolerable Cruelty||executive producer|
|2008||The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor||producer|
|The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior||producer|
|2012||The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption||executive producer|
|2015||The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power||executive producer|
- James R. Jacks Obituary, published in the Los Angeles Times, January 30, 2014
- "Overview for James Jacks". TCM.
- RIP 'Mummy' and 'Raising Arizona' Producer James Jacks, Who Died of a Heart Attack Monday, Indiewire.com, January 21, 2014
- ‘The Mummy,’ ‘Dazed and Confused’ Producer James Jacks Dies in Los Angeles, Variety.com. January 20, 2014.
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