James Michael Cummings (born April 20, 1968 in South Boston, Massachusetts) is an American actor, writer and producer and is the founder and CEO of Broadview Entertainment. Cummings is most recognized for his writing and acting in the movie Southie which won the American Independent Filmmaker Award at the 24th annual Seattle International Film Festival. He is also a co-founder of Journey Forward, a non-profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of those who have suffered a Spinal Cord Injury.
Cummings began his career studying acting at the HB Studios in New York and at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York and Los Angeles. He established himself as an actor with roles in several theater productions including Dumb Waiter, The Street Poet and Tom Topor's Answers (which he also produced). After taking leading roles in films such as Close Up and The Compulsion, he began to produce his own project titled Southie. He wrote the script and secured financing, then found a director (John Shea) and worked alongside young, rising talent: Donnie Wahlberg, Rose McGowan, Will Arnett and Amanda Peete. In 1998 Southie was screened at festivals including the Nantucket Film Festival, the AFI Film Festival, the Montreal Film Festival and the Dublin Film Festival. Southie went on to win the Best Picture at the 24th annual Seattle International Film Festival.
Cummings owned and was head of development for Silent Partner Entertainment from 2003 to 2006. He produced six episodes of the TV series Hollywood OS and the documentary Dig Fenway. He wrote and developed numerous film projects including Mad Cowboys, The Tony Conigliaro Story and Golden: The Harry Agganis Story. After every movie studio and film company passed on a film about the boxer Mickey Ward, Cummings developed and produced a sizzle reel that started a bidding war between all five major studios, eventually selling the Oscar nominated film The Fighter to Paramount Pictures. He also worked for 20th Century Fox as a staff writer and sold many screenplays to producers Gale Anne Hurd, Valhalla Motion Pictures, Joel Silver at Silver Pictures and to studios like Warner Brothers. He has also worked with Donnie Wahlberg as an acting coach for such films and TV shows as The Sixth Sense, Band of Brothers, Dreamcatcher, The Practice, Purgatory, Boomtown and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.
From 2007 to 2012, Cummings was head of development at Gigapix Studios, where he produced the award-winning war documentary Baker Boys: Inside The Surge and also helped to guide Comedy Central's prime-time hit Workaholics.
Cummings is currently appearing in the Showtime TV series City on a Hill as the character Tommy Hayes. He is also producing a full-length film titled SOS, his follow up to Southie, and is being directed by Andrzej Bartkovowiak, as well as developing a television series titled White Noose.
James Michael Cummings was born on April 20, 1968, in South Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He was named after James Michael Curley. At the age of twelve, his father died after being struck by a drunk driver leaving his mother to raise seven children alone . He attended Xaverian Brothers High School where he played varsity football.
Cummings now[when?] lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.