Jim Byrnes (actor)
James Thomas Kevin Byrnes
September 22, 1948
Life and career
Byrnes was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His mother was a homemaker, and his father was a municipal accountant. In 1968 he was drafted and served in the Vietnam War for a year in the 196th Infantry Brigade. He has lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, since the mid-1970s. On February 26, 1972, he was struck by a passing car while he attempted to help move a stalled truck on the Island Highway North of Parksville, which injured his legs and forced them both to be amputated.
Fifteen years to the day after the accident, he started appearing on Wiseguy as Daniel Burroughs, better known as Lifeguard. It was his first major role and lasted until 1990. Later, he starred in the fantasy television series Highlander: The Series as Joe Dawson, a member of a secret society known as the "Watchers." He reprised his role as Joe Dawson in Highlander: Endgame and Highlander: The Source, later installments of the Highlander film series, as well as providing voices for the anime Highlander: The Search for Vengeance. He starred in his own short-lived TV show, called The Jim Byrnes Show. He played a recruiting sergeant for the Union Army in an episode of "Copper" called "The Children of the Battlefield."
His other television roles include Higher Ground and cartoon voices in Beast Wars: Transformers, Beast Machines: Transformers, Shadow Raiders, Stargate Infinity, Dinosaur Train as Percy Paramacellodus, Colonel Nick Fury in X-Men: Evolution and as Duke Dermail in Gundam Wing. He appeared in the Taken mini series, which broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel and an episode of Twilight Zone entitled "Harsh Mistress". He has also appeared on the Syfy series Sanctuary, appearing as the father of Helen Magnus, played by Amanda Tapping and as Shineoa San in an episode of Andromeda as well as the voice of Virgil Vox in nine additional episodes.
As a musician, Byrnes has won the Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year three times, for That River in 1996 and House of Refuge on Black Hen Music in 2007, and for Everywhere West in 2011. Byrnes was also honoured at the 2006 Maple Blues Awards, as Male Vocalist of the Year. The Canadian Folk Music Awards recognized him as the Contemporary Singer of the Year in 2006 and 2009.
In 2018 Byrnes performed with the Sojourners at a concert organized by the North Island Concert Society.
|1980||Out of the Blue||Party Singer|
|1989||The First Season||Band Leader|
|1992||Harmony Cats||Frank Hay|
|1992||Invader||Engineer Powell (scenes deleted)|
|1994||Whale Music||Dewey Moore|
|1995||Suspicious Agenda||Lt. Rayburn|
|1995||Dream Man||Jim Garrity 'The Loot'||(Video)|
|1997||Masterminds||Larry Millard (uncredited)|
|1997||Drive, She Said||Dr. Glen Green|
|2000||Monster Mash||The Prosecutor||video|
|2000||Highlander: Endgame||Joe Dawson|
|2003||My Boss's Daughter||George|
|2008||Heart of a Dragon||Ivan|
|2011||She's a Soul Man||Joe Cameron|
|2018||24 Piedmont Drive||Bernard Donnelly|
|1987||Hands of a Stranger||Band Leader (uncredited)||TV movie|
|1987||Danger Bay||Tony Walter||Episode: "Deep Trouble"|
|1988||The Red Spider||Jack Fine||TV movie|
|1990||In the Best Interest of the Child||Kurt||TV movie|
|1990||A Klondike Christmas||Wolfie (voice)||TV movie|
|1987-1990||Wiseguy||Daniel Benjamin 'Lifeguard' Burroughs||74 episodes|
|1991||Omen IV: The Awakening||Noah||TV movie|
|1991||Christmas on Division Street||Benedetti||TV movie|
|1992||Dirty Work||Stan||TV movie|
|1993||The Hat Squad||Carl Drake||Episode: "Dead Man Walking"|
|1993||Street Justice||The Doctor||Episode: "The Wall"|
|1994||The Legend of the Hawaiian Slammers||voice|
|1991-1994||Neon Rider||Kevin||12 episodes|
|1995||Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story||Vet||TV movie|
|1995||Sliders||TV Announcer (uncredited)||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1995||The Commish||Brett Shrager||Episode: "The Kid"|
|1996||Bloodhounds II||Lt. Jim McMahon||TV movie|
|1996||For Hope||Date #1 (uncredited)||TV movie|
|1997||Two||Col. Maxwell Foley||Episode: "The Reckoning"|
|1997||Lost Treasure of Dos Santos||Doc Humphries||TV movie|
|1997||Final Descent||Duke Houston||TV movie|
|1993-1998||Highlander: The Series||Joe Dawson||97 episodes|
|1998||Murder Call||Guy Hanson||Episode: "More Than Meets the Eye"|
|1998||The Jim Byrnes Show||Jim Byrnes, owner of Blue Byrnes Bar|
|1999||Highlander: The Raven||Joe Dawson||Episode: "A Matter of Time"|
|1998-1999||The Net||Mr. Olivier||9 episodes|
|1999||Cold Squad||Dick Hofstedder||4 episodes|
|2000||Higher Ground||Frank Markasian, founder of a school for troubled teens||5 episodes|
|2000||Mysterious Ways||Ramp||Episodes: "Spirit Junction"|
|2000||Becoming Dick||Bartender||TV movie|
|2000||First Wave||Tyler Greer||Episode: "Shadowland"|
|2000||Level 9||General Theodore Nemec||Episode: "Eat Flaming Death"|
|1998-2001||The Outer Limits||Merlin / Gary Latimer||2 episodes|
|2002||Due East||Father Berkely||TV movie|
|2002||The Dead Zone||Vic Goodman||Episode: "Unreasonable Doubt"|
|2002||The Twilight Zone||Dion||Episode: "Harsh Mistress"|
|2002||Just Cause||Episode: "Fading Star"|
|2002||Taken||Busker||Episode: "Acid Tests"|
|2002||Snow Queen||guardian Polar Bear of the Snow Queen's palace (voice)||TV movie|
|2003||Jake 2.0||James Skerritt||3 episodes|
|2004||Stargate SG-1||Documentary Narrator||Episode: "Heroes: Part 2"|
|2004-2005||Andromeda||Virgil Vox / Shineoa San||13 episodes|
|2005-2006||Da Vinci's City Hall||Councillor Eddie Banks||2 episodes|
|2007||Highlander: The Search for Vengeance||Doc / Rudy||Video|
|2007||Highlander: The Source||Joe Dawson||TV movie|
|2007||Don't Cry Now||Steve||TV movie|
|2010||V||Matthew||Episode: "John May"|
|2011||Goodnight for Justice||Governor||TV movie|
|2008-2011||Sanctuary||Gregory Magnus||5 episodes|
|2011||Deck the Halls||Morgan the radio DJ||TV movie|
|2013||Copper||Sgt. Major Atticus Reid||Episode: "The Children of the Battlefield"|
|2013||King & Maxwell||Roy Smalls||Episode: "Job Security"|
|2014||Paper Angels||Bill Price||TV movie|
|2014||Strange Empire||Cart||Episode: "The Oath"|
|2015||The Romeo Section||Reverend Ortelli||4 episodes|
|2016||The Legend of Davy Crockett||John Patton||TV movie|
|2018||Travelers||James Edward Bailey||Episode: "Trevor"|
|1989||G.I. Joe: Operation Dragonfire||Alley Viper / Crimson Guard - Fake Lama / Night-Viper||5 episodes|
|1989||Dragon Warrior||Wizard Moore (voice)|
|1989-1990||Camp Candy||voice||16 episodes|
|1990-1991||G.I. Joe||voice||19 episodes|
|1992-1993||Conan the Adventurer||Epimetrius the Sage (voice)||5 episodes|
|1993||Mega Man: Upon a Star||Dr. Light|
|1993-1994||Double Dragon||Shadow Master||26 episodes|
|1992-1994||King Arthur and the Knights of Justice||Merlin||26 episodes|
|1994||Conan and the Young Warriors||Epimetrius the Sage||13 episodes|
|1995||The New Adventures of Madeline||voice||13 episodes|
|1994-1996||Mega Man||Dr. Light / Sigma / Pharaoh Man / Air Man / Quick Man / Top Man / Gravity Man||27 episodes|
|1996||G.I. Joe Extreme||Nelson||Episode: "Winner Take All"|
|1996||Vortech: Undercover Conversion Squad||voice||2 episodes|
|1996||Stone Protectors||voice||13 episodes|
|1997||Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz||Dekim Barton|
|1998||Mummies Alive! The Legend Begins||voice|
|1998||The Animated Adventures of Tom Sawyer||Pop (voice)||Video|
|1998||Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie||Elf Crowd Member #2|
|1997-1999||Beast Wars: Transformers||Inferno|
|1998-1999||Shadow Raiders||Grand Vizier||8 episodes|
|1998-1999||RoboCop: Alpha Commando||Mr. Brink||40 episodes|
|1997-1999||Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths & Legends||Additional Voices||40 episodes|
|2001||Spider-Man Unlimited||Fire Drake||Episode: "Cry Vulture"|
|1999-2001||NASCAR Racers||Additional Voices||26 episodes|
|2000-2001||D'Myna Leagues||Griff||13 episodes|
|2001-2002||Ultimate Book of Spells||voice||26 episodes|
|2001-2002||Alienators: Evolution Continues||Additional Voices||17 episodes|
|2002||Inspector Gadget's Last Case: Claw's Revenge||Chief Quimby|
|2002||Dennis the Menace: Cruise Control||Kraigor|
|2002||Madeline: My Fair Madeline||Mayor of Paris||TV movie|
|2002-2003||Stargate: Infinity||26 episodes|
|2002-2003||X-Men: Evolution||Nick Fury|
|2002-2003||X-Men: Evolution||Nick Fury / Col. Nicholas Fury / Col. Nick Fury / ...||7 episodes|
|2003||Gadget and the Gadgetinis||48 episodes|
|2005||Inspector Gadget's Biggest Caper Ever||Chief Quimby|
|2007||Madeline in Tahiti||Scarfaced Man|
|2009||Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5||Jack Wheeler||Episode: "Legacy"|
|2010||Dinosaur Train||Percy Parmacellodus||Episode: "Paulie Pliosaurus/Elmer Visits the Desert"|
|2012||War of the Worlds: Goliath||Theodore Roosevelt|
|2013||Slugterra||Viggo Dare||Episode: "Back to Blakk"|
|2016||My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic||Gladmane||Episode: "Viva Las Pegasus"|
|2018||Take Two||Josiah Carberry||Episode: "Stillwater"|
- Burning (1981) Polydor (vinyl)
- I Turned My Nights into Days (1987) Stony Plain Records (vinyl)
- That River (1995) Stony Plain
- Love Is a Gamble (2001) One Coyote Music
- Fresh Horses (2004) Black Hen Music
- House of Refuge (2006) Black Hen Music
- My Walking Stick (2009) Black Hen Music
- Everywhere West (2011) Black Hen Music
- I Hear the Wind in the Wires (2012) Black Hen Music
- St. Louis Times (2014) Black Hen Music
- Long Hot Summer Days (2017) Black Hen Music
- Jim Byrnes Biography and Filmography; www.filmreference.com.
- "The Loss of His Legs Is No Handicap for Wiseguy's Jim Byrnes". People, May 21, 1990.
- Vancouver Magazine. "Jim Byrnes's Last Stand", 1 July 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
- See Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year.
- "2006 Maple Blues Awards Winners and Nominees". Toronto Blues Society. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
- "Results 2006". Canadian Folk Music Awards / Prix de musique folk canadienne. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
- "Results 2009". Canadian Folk Music Awards / Prix de musique folk canadienne. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
- "Concert Society goes out on a high note". North Island Gazette, Hanna Petersen. Apr. 17, 2018
- CD re-release 1998, Stony Plain Records, coupled with I Turned My Nights Into Days.
- CD re-release, 1998, Stony Plain Records, coupled with Burning.
- 1996 Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year.
- Re-released 1997 on Band Together label, with the tracks in a different order.
- Limited pre-release; no general release.
- Contains six of the nine songs found on Love Is A Gamble; see Jim Byrnes detailed discography; www.jimbyrnes.org.
- 2007 Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year.
- 2010 Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year.
- A compilation album of live performances from the Saturday Night Blues radio program on CBC Radio, hosted by Holger Petersen. Byrnes' "Blood In My Eyes" (also known as "I've Got Blood In My Eyes For You" and originally recorded on Fresh Horses) is included.