James Stephens (actor)

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James Stephens
Born James Stephens
(1951-05-18) May 18, 1951 (age 65)
Mount Kisco, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor: The Paper Chase and Father Dowling Mysteries
Years active 1976-2015
Spouse(s) Priscilla Taylor (1973-?)[1]
Children Taylor

James Stephens (born May 18, 1951) is an American television and film actor best known for his starring role as James T. Hart in the television series, The Paper Chase.

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James Stephens was born in Mount Kisco, New York. He is best known for his role as idealistic Minnesota-born law student James T. Hart in The Paper Chase (1978–1979 and 1983-1986), taking on the role originated by Timothy Bottoms in the movie of the same name. He is also known for his role in Tom Bosley's ABC television series, Father Dowling Mysteries (1989-1991) in which Stephens was cast as Father Philip Prestwick.

His first role was as C. L. Bradley in the pilot and two episodes of the ABC western series, How the West Was Won, starring James Arness. He guest-starred in such series as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Diagnosis: Murder, L.A. Law, Matlock, Moonlighting, M*A*S*H, Eischied, multiple characters on Murder, She Wrote, a recurring role on Cagney & Lacey, and the role of the young Doctor Auschlander in 1945 in flashbacks on St. Elsewhere. His film appearances have included roles in True Grit: A Further Adventure (1978), First Monday in October (1981), The Getaway (1994), and Against the Law (1997).[2]

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