James Morrison (actor)

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James Morrison
James Morrison at Dances With Films World Premiere, June 1 2014.jpg
James Morrison at The Jazz Funeral World Premiere - Dances With Films Festival, Los Angeles, June 1, 2014
James Paige Morrison

(1954-04-21) April 21, 1954 (age 64)
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Riad Galayini
ChildrenSeamus Morrison

James Paige Morrison (born April 21, 1954) is an American actor best known for his portrayal of CTU Director Bill Buchanan on 24.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Morrison was born in Bountiful, Utah, the son of an office manager, and was raised in Anchorage, Alaska.[2] A professional theater actor, Morrison has been on the professional stage since the early 1980s and has won awards such as the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Performance. He has also directed theater productions. Morrison is a published poet, yoga teacher, and a singer-songwriter. He has composed two albums to date, which can be heard and purchased on his official website.

On television, Morrison has guest starred in series such as Frasier, Quantum Leap, The X-Files, JAG, Murder, She Wrote, The West Wing and Six Feet Under. Morrison frequently works with producers Glen Morgan and James Wong, and was a main cast member of their 1995 series Space: Above and Beyond. He also worked with Wong in the movie The One as hero Jet Li's best friend.

He was Counter Terrorist Unit Derector Bill Buchanan on 24. He began as a guest star midway through the fourth season (2005), and was a main cast member in the fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons (2006, 2007, 2009).

Morrison and his wife Riad Galayini co-directed and produced the feature documentary Showing Up. In this unprecedented look at the audition, some of our most accomplished working actors reflect on the process and how it affects them. The documentary compiled more than 50 interviews with notable artists including: Kristin Chenoweth, Richard Griffiths, Zoe Kazan, Nathan Lane, Chris Messina, Sam Rockwell, Bill Irwin and Eli Wallach.[3]

Morrison can be seen currently as Nick in The Jazz Funeral which had its World Premiere at the Dances With Films festival in Los Angeles on June 1, 2014.

Morrison, critical of Hillary Clinton, endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for President in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.[4]



Title Format Year Role
The Meanest Man in Texas Film 2017 Sheriff Kilborn
NCIS TV 2017 CIA Senator Phillips[5]
Twin Peaks TV 2017 Warden Dwight Murphy
Castle TV 2016 Deputy Commissioner Malone
Call of the Void Film 2015 Peter[6]
Intersect Film 2015 Bill Marshall
The Jazz Funeral Film 2014 Nick
The Switch Film 2014 Boss 2
Swiped Short Film 2014 Hamilton/Hank
Those Who Kill TV 2014 Commander Frank Bisgaard
The Slippery Slope Short Film 2013 Mr. Penzance
I Am I Film 2013 Keith
Blue Web Series 2012 Olsen
Revenge TV 2012 Gordon Murphy
The Exes TV 2012 Jonathan Hubner/Mr. Hubner
Finding Hope Film 2011 U.S. Attorney Peter Gwynn
Charlie's Angels TV 2011 Jon Cartwright
Seeds of Destruction TV Movie 2011 Frame Marcos
HawthoRNe TV 2009-2011 John Morrissey
Suits TV 2011 Jerome Jensen
Law & Order: LA TV 2010 Gray Campbell
The Mentalist TV 2010 Warner Vander Hoek
Raspberry Magic Film 2010 Henry Hooper
Private Practice TV 2009-2010 William White
The Deep End TV 2010 Jonathan Mather
Eli Stone TV 2009 Dan Buckley
24 TV 2005-2009 Bill Buchanan
Reflections Film 2008 Dr. Paul Wolley
Leo Short Film 2007 Acting Teacher
Numb3rs TV 2007 Cmdr. Chris Frederickson
The Key Short Film 2006 Raymond
Crossing Short Film 2006 Dad
Jarhead Film 2005 Mr. Swofford
American Gun Film 2005 St Anthony's Principal
Point Pleasant TV 2005 Kingston Nickson
Cold Case TV 2004 Carson Finch
Wilderness Survival For Girls Film 2004 Ed
NCIS TV 2004 CIA Director Roper
CSI: Miami TV 2003 Charles Jeunet
10-8: Officers On Duty TV 2003 Mark Lowry
The West Wing TV 2003 Colonel Jesse Weiskopf
Catch Me If You Can Film 2002 Pilot
JAG TV 2002 Maj. Gen. Lucas West
Six Feet Under TV 2002 Swinger Husband
The Division TV 2002 Robert
The One Film 2001 LAPD Officer Bobby Aldrich/'A' World Inmate #1
Freedom TV 2000-2001 Colonel Tim Devon
The Others TV 2000 Simeon Nye/Troy Manheim
The X-Files TV 2000 Dr. Robert Wieder (Episode: "Theef")
The Wonder Cabinet TV Movie 1999 Dr. Gordon Wayne
Nash Bridges TV 1999 Pete Callan
Shadows of the Past/Abilene Film 1999 Bernie
Seven Days TV 1998 Agent Carter
Profiler TV 1998 Will Cook
Shadow of Doubt Film 1998 Paul Saxon
Diagnosis Murder TV 1998 Lloyd Nichols
Prey TV 1998 Lewis
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction TV 1998 William Corzine
Brooklyn South TV 1997 Paul Ingelmann
Millennium TV 1996 Jim Horn
Space: Above and Beyond TV 1995-1996 Lt. Col. Tyrus Cassius 'T.C.' McQueen/Col. Tyrus Cassius 'T.C.' McQueen
White Dwarf TV Movie 1995 Peter
The Marshal TV 1995 A.D.A. Chet Fields
Desert Cross Short Film 1994 Jeremy
Frasier TV 1994 Brian
Without Warning TV Movie 1994 Paul Whitaker
Walker, Texas Ranger TV 1994 Ned Travis
Where Are My Children? TV Movie 1994 Handsome Man
Bob TV 1993
Falling Down Film 1993 Construction Sign Man by Bus Stop
L.A. Law TV 1992 Walter Phelps
Doogie Howser, M.D. TV 1991 Mr. Stevens, father of Will
Quantum Leap TV 1991 Joe Deever
An Enemy Of The People TV Movie 1990 Captain Horster
Good Cops, Bad Cops TV Movie 1990 Lt. Brill
Last Flight Out TV Movie 1990 Elliot
Capital News TV 1990
Monsters TV 1989 Steven Rose, Ph.D.
Houston Knights TV 1989 Steven Kayden
Werewolf TV 1987
Unfinished Business Film 1987 Jonathan
North and South, Book II Miniseries 1986 Bradley
Fatal Vision TV Movie 1984 Green Beret
Automan TV 1984 Gary Baxley


Title Format Year
Showing Up Documentary Feature Film 2014
Crossing Short Film 2006
Nude Descending Short Film 1997


Title Format Year
Showing Up Documentary Feature Film 2014
Parking Short Film 1996


Title Format Year
Nude Descending Short Film 1997
Parking Short Film 1996

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations
Year Event Film/Series Award Result
2009 Maverick Movie Awards Reflections Best Supporting Actor Nominee
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards 24 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominee
2006 Primetime Emmy Awards 24 Outstanding Drama Series Winner
1996 Slamdance Film Festival Parking Best Short Winner


  1. ^ "James Morrison, 24: CTU's Boss Teases the Next 22 Hours". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  2. ^ "James Morrison Biography (1954-)". filmreference.com.
  3. ^ "Finally, a Documentary on Auditioning and 4 Other Events for L.A. Actors". Backstage.com. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  4. ^ James Morrison [@JamesPMorrison] (24 Dec 2015). "True blue #bernieSanders2016 supporter here "True" meaning won't stoop to maligning #Hillary2016 any more than he would. A troll is a troll" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-et-st-1212-tvhighlights-20171212-story.html
  6. ^ "James Morrison". IMDb.

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