James R. Black

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James Black
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Black in 2016
James Richard Black

(1962-04-03) April 3, 1962 (age 58)
OccupationActor, football player
Years active1991–present

Football career
No. 35
Position:Running back
Personal information
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school:Dover (OH)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

James Richard Black[citation needed] (born April 3, 1962) is an American actor and former professional football player.

Early life[edit]

Black was born in Lima, Ohio. He attended Dover High School in Dover, Ohio, where he was a star athlete. He graduated in 1980.[1]

College career[edit]

Black played college football for Akron. He was named the Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a senior in 1983 after leading the conference in rushing with 1,568 yards.[2] In a November 5, 1983, game against Youngstown State, Black set the Akron school record for rushing yards in a game when he rushed 40 times for 246 yards.[3] In his final college game, on November 19, he set conference and school records for most rushing attempts in a game with 52.[4] He was named an Associated Press honorable mention Division I-AA All-American after the season,[5] and finished his college career as Akron's all-time rushing leader with 3,054 yards.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Black signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 1984,[6] after also receiving interest from the Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, and New York Jets.[7] He was waived before the start of the regular season during final roster cuts on August 20, 1984,[8] but was re-signed on November 7, 1984.[2] He played in two games for the Browns in 1984,[9] becoming the first Akron football player to play in the NFL.[10] He was waived by the Browns on November 24, 1984.[11] He re-signed with the Browns after the season, but was waived during training camp on August 5, 1985.[10]

Acting career[edit]

Black may be best known for his leading role as Agent Michael Hailey on the UPN science fiction drama The Burning Zone.[1] He has also had roles in numerous other television series and films. His television appearances include V.I.P., Fashion House, Anger Management,[1] All of Us, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Strong Medicine, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Six Feet Under, Burn Notice and Murder in Mexico: The Bruce Beresford-Redman Story

In motion pictures, he had the leading role of Victor Erickson in the 1998 direct-to-video film Cappuccino, the screenplay of which was based upon a story by author Eric Jerome Dickey. Black has also appeared in The Replacements, Out of Sight, Love and a Bullet, and Universal Soldier: The Return. He portrayed boxer Earnie Shavers in the HBO TV movie Don King: Only in America.


  1. ^ a b c Huffman, Rex (June 28, 2012). "Dover grad James Black joins Sheen in 'Anger Management'". TimesReporter.com. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Meyer, Ed (November 7, 1984). "Ex-Akron star Black re-signed by Browns". The Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved December 1, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Nold, Bob (November 11, 1983). "Zips' Black still has time to reach top". The Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved December 1, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Zip Records". The Akron Beacon Journal. November 20, 1983. Retrieved December 1, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Four Zips are honorable mention All-America". The Akron Beacon Journal. December 28, 1983. Retrieved December 1, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Zip's Black, Heckman sign NFL contracts". The Akron Beacon Journal. May 6, 1984. Retrieved December 1, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Zips' Black looking at Browns, 3 others". The Akron Beacon Journal. May 3, 1984. Retrieved December 1, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Oilers trade Butch Johnson". Arizona Daily Star. August 20, 1984. Retrieved December 1, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "James Black stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  10. ^ a b "Tripoli looks like a Browns survivor". The Akron Beacon Journal. August 6, 1985. Retrieved December 2, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "Browns waive James Black". The South Bend Tribune. November 25, 1984. Retrieved December 1, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.

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