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Walters in October 2008
|Birth name||James Leland Walters Jr.|
|Born||June 13, 1969|
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
|Associated acts||Beverly 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 single "How Do You Talk to an Angel".
Walters was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts. 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.
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 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.
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, and no. 76 in Australia. The album sold over 1 million copies and was certified platinum.
In 2002, Walters married Patricia Walters; they have three children. In 2015 Patty filed for divorce.
|1990||Everyday Heroes||Erik Linderman||TV Movie|
|1991||Bed & Breakfast||Mitch|
|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|
|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"|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1994||"Hold On"||18||9||83||41||7||3||2||16||Jamie Walters|
|1996||"I'd Do Anything for You"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Ride|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
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