Jameson Parker

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Jameson Parker
Born Francis Jameson Parker Jr.
(1947-11-18) November 18, 1947 (age 69)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Years active 1966-2009
Spouse(s) Darleen Carr
(1992–present)
Bonnie Parker
(1976–1992) (divorced) 3 children
Anne Taylor Davis
(1969–?) (divorced) 1 daughter

Francis Jameson Parker Jr. (born November 18, 1947) is an American actor, best known for his role of A.J. Simon on the 1980s television series Simon & Simon.

Early life and education[edit]

Parker was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 18, 1947. He attended St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., and a Swiss prep school.[1] He studied drama at Beloit College.[2]

Acting career[edit]

At Beloit College, he acted in student theater productions,[3] and, while living in Washington, D.C., he landed a job with a production of The Great White Hope at the Arena Stage and then acted in theatrical productions of Caligula and Indians. After completing his degree at Beloit College in 1971,[2] he performed in dinner theater and summer stock in the Washington, D.C., area.

In 1972, he moved to New York City, where he secured several television commercials and appeared in off-Broadway plays. He was cast as Dale Robinson in the daytime drama Somerset and created the role of Brad Vernon on One Life to Live. During this period, Parker guest-starred on the ABC series Family and Hart to Hart.

Parker made his motion picture debut in The Bell Jar (1979) and starred in A Small Circle of Friends (1980), in which he played one of three radical college students during the 1960s.[4] The United Artists film received a limited theatrical release and grossed under $1 million.[5] Another film from early in his acting career was the controversial White Dog (1982).

In addition, he played the leads in several CBS television movies: Women at West Point (1979),[6] Anatomy of a Seduction (1979),[7] The Gathering II (1979), The Promise of Love (1980), Callie and Son (1981), and A Caribbean Mystery (1983).

He became well-known by co-starring in Simon & Simon from 1981 to 1989.[2] Thanks to the hit show's popularity, in 1985, Beloit awarded him its Distinguished Service Citation.[3] With his Simon & Simon co-star Gerald McRaney he appeared in the theatrical movie Jackals, which Parker co-produced.[8] After completing this movie, he returned to Beloit College to star in a live summer stock theatrical production as Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. In 1987, starred alongside Donald Pleasence and Alice Cooper in John Carpenter's horror movie Prince of Darkness.

Parker guest-starred on the ABC Walker, Texas Ranger as a corrupt Police Sergeant. He appeared in the television movies Who is Julia? (1986), Dead Before Dawn (1993), and Violation of Trust (1991). He appeared on the sitcom Major Dad with his Simon & Simon co-star Gerald McRaney.

Parker's last known acting work in the business was in 2003-2004, after a four year hiatus, when he appeared in four episodes of JAG. Although he did voice over work as the narrator for the documentary "Endangered Species: California Fish and Game Wardens" in 2009, he seems to have effectively retired from acting without an official announcement. He now makes his living as a writer for a variety of hard-copy and on-line magazines and is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, An Accidental Cowboy.[9]

Writing career[edit]

Parker has written four books:

Personal life[edit]

Parker has often said that he was not the typical "Hollywood type," and that he is very much a homebody.[citation needed]

In fall 1992, Parker was shot in the left arm pit and right arm by a neighbor near his home after a verbal altercation where Parker was defending his wife's honor after she and the shooter argued earlier in the day. He made a full recovery, and the neighbor was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to nine years in prison.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
1975 Crossfire TV film
1975–76 Somerset Dale Robinson Daytime serial
1976 Once an Eagle TV miniseries
1976–78 One Life to Live Brad Vernon Daytime serial
1977 79 Park Avenue TV miniseries
1978 The Immigrants TV miniseries
1979 Women at West Point J.J. Palfrey TV film
1979 The Bell Jar Buddy Willars Feature film
1979 Anatomy of a Seduction Ed Taggert TV film
1979 The Gathering, Part II Bud TV film
1980 Family Jack 1 episode: "Jack of Hearts"
1980 Hart to Hart Whitney Rogers 1 episode: "A Question of Innocence"
1980 A Small Circle of Friends Nick Baxter Feature film
1980 The Promise of Love Sam Daniels TV film
1981 Callie & Son Randy Bordeaux TV film
1981–89 Simon & Simon A.J. Simon 156 episodes
1982 Bret Maverick Whitney Delaworth III 1 episode: "Faith, Hope and Clarity" (Parts 1 & 2)
1982 White Dog Roland Grale Feature film
1982 Magnum, P.I. A.J. Simon 1 episode: "Ki'is Don't Lie"
1983 A Caribbean Mystery Tim Kendall TV film
1983 Whiz Kids A.J. Simon 1 episode: "Deadly Access"
1986 Jackals Dave Buchanon Feature film (aka American Justice)
1986 Who Is Julia? Don North TV film
1987 Prince of Darkness Brian Marsh Feature film
1989 Spy Frank Harvey TV film
1990 Waiting for the Wind David Short film
1991 Major Dad Evan Charters 1 episode: "Polly's Choice"
1991 She Says She's Innocent Eric Reilly TV film (aka Violation of Trust)
1991 Curse of the Crystal Eye Luke Ward Feature film
1991 Murder, She Wrote Gordon Forbes / Dane Kenderson 2 episodes
1991 Pros and Cons Jace Novak 1 episode: "May the Best Man Win"
1992–93 The Legend of Prince Valiant Sir Kay (voice) 5 episodes
1993 Dead Before Dawn Robert Edelman TV film
1994 Burke's Law Ben Hutchins 1 episode: "Who Killed Nick Hazard?"
1995 Simon & Simon: In Trouble Again A.J. Simon TV film
1995 ABC Afterschool Special John Atkins 1 episode: "Long Road Home"
1996 Have You Seen My Son Mike Pritcher TV film
1996 Dead Man's Island Lyle Stedman TV film
1996 Walker, Texas Ranger Sgt. Bob Horne 1 episode: "The Brotherhood"
1997 Something Borrowed, Something Blue Richard Ives TV film
1997 Promised Land Dr. Smith 1 episode: "Take Back the Night"
1998 The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue Troy (voice) Direct-to-video film
2003–04 JAG Harrison Kershaw (CIA Deputy Director) 4 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Times: "Anne Davis Betrothed to Francis Parker 2d," June 4, 1969, accessed March 4, 2012
  2. ^ a b c TV Guide: "Jameson Parker: Biography", accessed March 4, 2012
  3. ^ a b Beloit College: "F. Jameson Parker II', accessed March 4, 2012
  4. ^ New York Times: Vincent Canby, "Film: Small Circle of 3 College Friends," March 12, 1980, accessed March 4, 2012
  5. ^ "50 Top-Grossing Films". (Week ending March 19, 1980). Variety, March 22, 1980
  6. ^ New York Times: Janet Maslin, "TV: Movie Tells Story Of West Point Women," February 27, 1979, accessed March 4, 2012
  7. ^ New York Times: John J. O'Connor, "TV: Film of an Affair, Anatomy of a Seduction," May 8, 1979, accessed March 4, 2012
  8. ^ New York Times: Nina Darnton, "Film: American Justice," September 19, 1986, accessed March 4, 2012
  9. ^ Parker, Jameson. "Homepage Biography". Jameson Parker Homepage. Jameson Parker. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  10. ^ ESPN Outdoors: James A. Swan, "A True Hero's Journey," October 2, 2003, accessed March 4, 2012
  11. ^ Los Angeles Times: Thom Mrozek, "Actor Testifies Against His Alleged Attacker Courts," September 4, 1993, accessed March 4, 2012

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