Jamie Walters

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Jamie Walters
Walters in October 2008
Background information
Birth nameJames Leland Walters Jr.
Born (1969-06-13) June 13, 1969 (age 50)[1]
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
OriginMarblehead, Massachusetts
GenresPop rock
Occupation(s)Actor, singer
Years active1992–2003
LabelsCapitol, Atlantic
Associated actsBeverly Hills, 90210,
The Heights (TV series)

James Leland Walters Jr. (born June 13, 1969) is an American actor and singer, best known for his roles on Beverly Hills, 90210 and The Heights and his number one[2] single "How Do You Talk to an Angel".


Walters was born in Boston, Massachusetts[3] and grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts.[4] After graduating from high school, Jamie Walters attended New York University and studied film for two years and studied acting at The Actors Space in New York City.[5]

While attending college, he was discovered at a bank by a casting agent who placed him in three high-profile commercials for Levi's 501 Jeans. He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting and musical career. He played a bit role on Everyday Heroes. His film debut came in 1991 with the movie Shout, alongside John Travolta, Heather Graham, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Walters performed the song "Rockin' the Pad" on the Shout soundtrack album.

In 1992, Aaron Spelling cast Jamie as the lead on the Fox series The Heights, in which he also sang the theme song "How Do You Talk to an Angel?." The single reached #1[2] on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 14, 1992 knocking Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" from the top spot. It was also nominated for an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics". (The award went to Liza Minnelli.) The show was canceled by Fox, but it launched Jamie's music career when Atlantic Records took an interest in Walters and signed him to a recording contract.

In October 1994, he started playing Ray Pruit on Beverly Hills, 90210; he was the musician-boyfriend of Donna (played by Tori Spelling), a role he played for two seasons.[citation needed]

On September 20, 1994, Jamie released his self-titled debut album Jamie Walters. The first single from the album "Hold On" peaked at no. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100,[6] and no. 76 in Australia.[7] The album sold over 1 million copies and was certified platinum.[8]

In 1997, Jamie released his second album 'Ride'. The album was certified gold.[8] A third album, Believed, followed in 2002.

In 2009, Walters appeared in the VH1 reality show Confessions of a Teen Idol, in which former teen idols attempt to resurrect their careers.[9]

Personal life[edit]

In 2002, Walters married Patricia Walters; they have three children. In 2015 Patty filed for divorce.[10]


Walters at Six Flags in 1996
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Everyday Heroes Erik Linderman TV Movie
1991 Bed & Breakfast Mitch
1991 Shout Jesse Tucker
1994 Vanishing Son II Reggie Valmont TV Movie
1994 Vanishing Son IV Reggie Valmont TV Movie
1995 Burnzy's Last Call Shannon
1996 God's Lonely Man Hustler
2000 The Mumbo Jumbo Thomas Doubting
Year Title Role Notes
Quantum Leap Young Max
Al 'Bingo' Calavicci
Episode: "Genesis: Part 1"
Episode: "A Leap for Lisa"
1991-1992 The Young Riders Frank James Episode: "The Initiation"
Episodes: "'Til Death Do Us Part: Parts 1 & 2"
1992 The Heights Alex O'Brien
1994-1996 Beverly Hills, 90210 Ray Pruit 40 episodes
1999 To Serve and Protect Jeremy 2 episodes
2001 Dead Last Vance Harmon Episode: "To Live and Amulet Die"


Studio albums[edit]


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
1994 "Hold On" 18 9 83 41 7 3 2 16 Jamie Walters
1995 "Why" 105
"Perfect World"
1996 "I'd Do Anything for You" Ride
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ "Today in history". The New York Times. Associated Press. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b Top 10 TV Theme Songs 1980-2011
  3. ^ On The Road Again
  4. ^ Prato, Greg. "Jamie Walters > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved April 17, 2010.
  5. ^ Rodolpho, Adolfo; Talboo, A.J.; Jacobs, Adam (April 27, 1995). "Music Lifted TV's Jamie Walters". Toledo Blade.
  6. ^ Hold On - Jamie Walters | Billboard.com
  7. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 03 Sep 1995". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved July 4, 2017. N.B. The HP column displays the highest peak reached.
  8. ^ a b http://cdbaby.com/cd/jamiewalters
  9. ^ Confessions of a Teen Idol VH1 Page
  10. ^ HOW DO YOU TALK TO AN ANGEL About Divorce?

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