Jim Houghton

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Jim Houghton
Kim Lankford and James Houghton.jpg
Houghton with Kim Lankford in Knots Landing (1979)
BornNovember 7, 1948 (1948-11-07) (age 69)
Los Angeles, California, U.S

James Houghton (born November 7, 1948) is an American actor and writer. He is best known for playing the role of Kenny Ward in the first four seasons of CBS prime time soap opera Knots Landing (1979–1983).

Biography and career[edit]

Houghton was born in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of producer Buck Houghton. He began acting appearing in episodes of Man with a Camera, The Twilight Zone, and McKeever & the Colonel. He was an original castmember of the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless, in which he played Greg Foster from 1973 to 1976. After leaving daytime, Houghton was cast as lead in the short-lived CBS action series Code R in 1977.[1][2]

His most prominent role is that of Kenny Ward, Kim Lankford's character's husband, on the long-running CBS prime time soap opera Knots Landing, which he played from 1979–83. During the 1980s, he also guest-starred on Fantasy Island, Hotel, The Love Boat, and Remington Steele. In 1986, he had a small role in the ABC miniseries North and South, Book II, and went on to play Cash Cassidy on the ABC prime time soap opera The Colbys (1986–87).[1]

Houghton has appeared in a number of films, including, Sweet Sugar (1972), One on One (1977), I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), More American Graffiti (1979), Superstition (1982) and Purple People Eater (1988).

During the 1990s, Houghton became a soap opera scriptwriter, working on The Young and the Restless and also The Bold and the Beautiful.[1] He had previously co-written episodes of Knots Landing with his sister Mona Houghton at the same time that he was playing the role of Kenny Ward in the series.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Awards

  • WINS (1992, 1997, 2000, 2006; Best Writing Team; The Young And The Restless)
  • NOMINATIONS (1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004 & 2005; Best Writing; Y&R)

Writers Guild of America Award

  • WGA WINS (2002 & 2005 Season; The Young and The Restless)
  • WGA NOMINATIONS (1999 & 2001 Season; Young and The Restless)


  1. ^ a b c "James Houghton". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  2. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., p. 169, 779

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