James Orr (filmmaker)

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James Joseph Orr
Born 1953
Noranda, Quebec
Nationality Canadian
Education AFI Conservatory
Occupation director

James Joseph Orr (born 1953) is a Canadian writer, director and producer of motion pictures. Orr's screenplay credits include Three Men and a Baby, Tough Guys and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, whilst his director credits include Mr. Destiny and Man of the House.


Born in Noranda, Quebec in 1953, he grew up in Toronto, Ontario.[1] He attended the Carleton School of Journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where he became the editor of The Charlatan student newspaper during the 1973-1974 term.[2] Orr then went to the undergraduate film school at York University in Toronto, and in 1977 he became the first Canadian to be accepted as a Director Fellow in the AFI Conservatory of the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.[3]

In the mid-1980s, Orr had a relationship with actress Jamie Rose.[1] They married in 1986, but later divorced in 1988.[4]

From 1997 to 1998, Orr had a relationship with actress Farrah Fawcett, who had co-starred with Chevy Chase and Jonathan Taylor Thomas in Man of the House, a film that he directed and wrote the screenplay for. The relationship ended when Orr was charged with and later convicted of misdemeanor battery arising from a 1998 fight between the two.[5]

Since the 1980s, Orr has been an avid wine collector and has participated in several wine auctions.[6] This interest proved useful when, in September 2010, wine critic James Suckling announced the launch of his new video-based website featuring content taped in locations across the world,[7] created in collaboration with Orr.[8]

Orr has also indulged his passion for cigars by writing and directing the low-budget feature Blowing Smoke,[9] as well as making a documentary on the Fuente Family called The Fuente Family: An American Dream, and a documentary on Cuban cigars called Cigars: The Heart and Soul of Cuba.[10]


James Orr filmography
Year Film Director Writer Screenplay Producer Executive Producer Editor Cinematographer Story consultant
1985 Breaking All the Rules Green tickY Green tickY
1986 Tough Guys Green tickY
1986 Witchfire Green tickY[a 1] Green tickY[a 1]
1987 They Still Call Me Bruce Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY[a 1]
1987 Young Harry Houdini[a 2] Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1987 Three Men and a Baby Green tickY
1988 14 Going on 30 Green tickY Green tickY
1990 Mr. Destiny Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1991 Father of the Bride Green tickY
1993 Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Green tickY
1994 Love on the Run Green tickY
1995 It Takes Two Green tickY
1995 Father of the Bride Part II Green tickY[a 3]
1995 Man of the House Green tickY Green tickY
2004 Blowing Smoke Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
2007 Christmas in Wonderland Green tickY Green tickY
2010 The Night Before the Night Before Christmas Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
2011 My Future Boyfriend Green tickY Green tickY
2011 Cigars: The Heart and Soul of Cuba Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
2013 Cannubi: A Vineyard Kissed by God Green tickY Green tickY
2016 A Change of Heart Green tickY
  1. ^ a b c credited as James R. Orr
  2. ^ episode in The Wonderful World of Disney—received 1987 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Children's Program
  3. ^ co-executive producer


  1. ^ a b Bailey, Bruce (June 30, 1984). "Movie-makers early birds at amusement park". Montreal Gazette. p. C-9. 
  2. ^ Orr, James Joseph (February 23, 1973). "Charlatan's new editor stresses freedom, competence to build credible journalism". The Charlatan. 2 (23): 3. 
  3. ^ Gregor, Anne; Renaud, Linda (March 20, 1988). "'Three Men' from a Boo-Boo". Washington Post. 
  4. ^ Jamie Rose on IMDb
  5. ^ "Fawcett's Ex-Boyfriend Gets Probation in Beating". Los Angeles Times. October 30, 1998. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ Goodwin, Betty, latimes.com (October 20, 1989). Wine Auction Garners Bouquets
  7. ^ www.jamessuckling.com
  8. ^ Lechmere, Adam, Decanter.com (September 16, 2010). Benedict XVI, Decanter.com, Robinson: first to taste new Suckling wine
  9. ^ Drucker, Joel. "Lights, Camera, Cigars". Cigar Aficionado. 
  10. ^ Hart, Craig. "Cigars: The Heart and Soul of Cuba Movie Review". 

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