James Lafferty

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James Lafferty
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Born James Martin Lafferty
(1985-07-25) July 25, 1985 (age 30)
Hemet, California, U.S.
Residence Williamsburg, Brooklyn,
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, producer, model
Years active 1997–present
Relatives Stuart Lafferty (brother)

James Martin Lafferty (born July 25, 1985) is an American actor, director and producer. He is best known for his portrayal of Nathan Scott on The CW television series One Tree Hill.

Early life and education[edit]

Lafferty was born in Hemet, California to Jeff and Angie Lafferty, who own a local construction company. He has a younger brother, actor Stuart Lafferty. At age ten, he received his first acting role in his school's play. He attended Hemet High School (where he played on the school's basketball team) until 2003, after which he enrolled at California State University, Long Beach. But at age eighteen, he moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, having been cast as Nathan Scott on the CW network's teenage drama One Tree Hill.


In 1997, Lafferty made his acting debut in a voice role in made for television film Annabelle's Wish. Lafferty has since made guest appearances on television shows such as Once and Again, Get Real, and Boston Public. In 2002 Lafferty starred in the ESPN Made-For-Television film A Season on the Brink a film-adaptation based on the book of the same name by John Feinstein. The film centered on the 1985-1986 season of Indiana University's college basketball team.

In 2003 Lafferty found his breakout role when he won the role of Nathan Scott on The WB Teen Drama television series One Tree Hill. The series centers on two estranged half-brothers, Nathan and Lucas Scott, who are put on the same basketball team, jeopardizing Nathan's position as the star player. Initially the series premiere was watched by 2.5 million viewers, but viewership continued to rise progressively as the remainder of the first season continued to air.[1] Critical reception was mixed. The series suffered a network transition when The WB and UPN merged into The CW and was one of the few television series picked up for the 2006-2007 television season with its fourth season.[2] For his role on the series, Lafferty has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Teen People and Elle Girl. In May 2011, The CW renewed the series for a ninth and final season, for which Lafferty returned on a recurring-basis.[3] The series finale aired on April 4, 2012 to 1.43 million viewers.[4] Over the course of the later seasons, Lafferty directed four episodes. Lafferty has received four Teen Choice Award nominations for his stint on the series.[5]

In February 2008, Lafferty was cast in the straight-to-DVD sequel to the cult film Donnie Darko.[6] Production began on May 18, 2008 in Coalville, Utah and Magna, Utah on a $4 million budget.[7] Titled S. Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale, the film was released in May 2009 to extremely negative reviews from critics.[8]

In April 2011, Lafferty was confirmed to star alongside One Tree Hill cast mate Stephen Colletti and brother Stuart Lafferty in a planned adventurous reality television series Wild Life: A New Generation of Wild, for which he was an Executive Producer.[9] The series pilot was filmed, but due to creative differences the series failed to find a network. The pilot eventually premiered online in May 2011 and can be seen on YouTube.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Lafferty currently resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He is an ardent basketball player, and played for the New Orleans basketball team at the 2008 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game alongside Ne-Yo, Terrell Owens, Taylor Hicks, and Master P.[11] They defeated the Hornets 51-50 with Owens being named MVP. He is a supporting partner of the professional basketball team, the Wilmington Sea Dawgs, part of the Premiere Basketball League. From 2003-2008, he hosted a yearly charity basketball event in Wilmington. However, in 2009, he announced that he was canceling the event, stating: "As a result of constant harassment and gross invasions of privacy via e-mail and telephone, targeting myself, my friends and even my family, I no longer feel comfortable holding a fundraiser in such an intimate setting with fans."[12]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Annabelle's Wish Buster Voice only
2003 Boys on the Run Joe Ferguson
2009 S. Darko Justin
2011 Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy, TheThe Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy Eigson Howard
2013 Lost on Purpose Fever
2014 Oculus Michael
2015 Waffle Street Jimmy Adams
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Emeril James Unaired pilot
Boston Public Michael Scott Episode: "Chapter Eighteen"
2001–2002 Once and Again Tad 4 episodes
2002 Prep Jackson Made-for-television film
First Monday Andrew Episode: "Pilot"
Season on the Brink, AA Season on the Brink Steve Alford Made-for-television film
Get Real Billy Episode: "The Last Weekend"
2003–2012 One Tree Hill Nathan Scott Main cast (182 episodes)
Director (4 episodes)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout TV Star Male (2004)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Chemistry (2005; shared with Chad Michael Murray)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Scene Stealer Male (2010)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Parental Unit (2010; shared with Bethany Joy Galeotti)
2011–present Wild Life: A New Generation of Wild Himself Web series;[13]
Executive producer
2014 Crisis Mr. Nash 6 episodes
2016 Underground Kyle Risdin

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Group Award Nominated/Won TV Show Notes
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Star – Male Nominated One Tree Hill
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Chemistry Nominated One Tree Hill Shared with Chad Michael Murray
2010 Teen Choice Awards Scene Stealer – Male Nominated One Tree Hill
Parental Unit Nominated One Tree Hill With Bethany Joy Lenz


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