James Tupper

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James Tupper
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Tupper in November 2014
Born (1965-08-04) August 4, 1965 (age 50)
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Kate Mayfield (2001-2006)
Partner(s) Anne Heche (2007-present)
Children 1

James Tupper (born August 4, 1965) is a Canadian actor known for his roles as Jack Slattery on the ABC television series Men in Trees, Dr. Chris Sands on the NBC medical drama series Mercy, and David Clarke on ABC's Revenge.

Early life[edit]

Tupper was born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. After high school, he lived on a coffee farm in Kenya and studied Swahili.[1] He studied acting at Concordia University, Montreal, and later at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he earned a Master's Degree.[2]


Tupper acted in several off-Broadway plays, including An Actor Prepares and After the Rain. He co-wrote and appeared in 2005's Loudmouth Soup, a fully improvised independent film that was filmed in one night with no script and no second takes.[3]

From 2006, Tupper portrayed Jack Slattery in the ABC series Men in Trees, credited for all 36 episodes of the show's run. He then appeared as Dr. Chris Sands in the NBC medical drama Mercy for 22 episodes before it was cancelled in 2010.

Tupper appeared as Dr. Andrew Perkins, a trauma counselor, on ABC's Grey's Anatomy.[4] He appeared in 7 episodes in the show's seventh season.

Tupper has been appearing on ABC's Revenge since 2011. He portrays the character of David Clarke, the supposedly deceased father of the main character. Clarke was a recurring character for the first three seasons, appearing only in flashbacks and videos. Tupper has been promoted to Main cast for the forthcoming season 4, after it was revealed in the season 3 finale that his character is still alive.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Tupper split from his wife in November 2006 and moved in with actress Anne Heche in August, 2007, after they met on the set of Men in Trees.[6] Their son, Atlas Heche Tupper, was born on March 7, 2009.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Corky Romano FBI Agent
2001 Joe Dirt Cop at the Bridge
2001 Peroxide Passion Jed
2005 Loudmouth Soup Keith Miller
2006 Invisible Joe
2006 Love's Abiding Joy Henry Klein
2008 For Heaven's Sake Peter Whitman
2008 Toxic Skies Jack
2009 Me and Orson Welles Joseph Cotten
2011 Mr. Popper's Penguins Rick
2011 Girl Fight Ray
2012 Playing for Keeps Matt
2013 Nothing Left to Fear Dan
2013 Decoding Annie Parker Steven


Year Title Role Notes
2005 CSI:NY Paul Zernecky 1 episode
2005 Gilmore Girls Biker #1 2 episodes
2005 How I Met Your Mother Derek 1 episode
2005 Love's Long Journey Henry TV movie
2006 Dr. Vegas Paramedic 1 episode
2006–2008 Men in Trees Jack Slattery 36 episodes
2007 Pictures of Hollis Woods John Regan TV movie
2008 Samantha Who? Owen 4 episodes
2008 The Ex List DP 1 Episode
2009 Mercy Dr. Chris Sands 22 episodes
2009 A New Beginning Chris Daniels TV movie
2009 The Gambler, the Girl and the Gunslinger B.J. Stoker TV movie
2010–2011 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Andrew Perkins 7 episodes
2011–2015 Revenge David Clarke Recurring role (season 1–3)
Series regular (season 4)
2013 Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives TV movie
2014 Resurrection Dr. Eric Ward Recurring role
2014 Mom's Day Away Michael Miller TV movie
2016 Big Little Lies Nathan


  1. ^ Linekin, Kim (February 19, 2010). "Hottest Canadians on U.S. TV". Canada msn Entertainment. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ Thomas, Rachel (October 2007). "An Interview with James Tupper (Jack, Men in Trees)". About.com. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ Stevens, Dana (September 22, 2005). "Let's Do Dinner (Ulterior Motive for Dessert)". The New York Times. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ Abrams, Natalie (July 15, 2010). "James Tupper to Guest-Star on Grey's Anatomy". TVGuide.com. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  5. ^ Bentley, Jean (June 9, 2014). "Revenge season 4 adds James Tupper as regular". zap2it. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ Pringle, Gill (May 1, 2011). "Anne Heche interview: "There was no joy in my family"". The Telegraph. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ Chiu, Alexis (March 11, 2009). "It's a Baby Boy for Anne Heche!". People. Retrieved July 16, 2009. 

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