John James (actor)

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John James
Born John James Anderson
(1956-04-18) April 18, 1956 (age 60)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U..
Occupation Actor, produce
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Denise Cward (April 20, 1989–present)
Children Laura James
Philip James

John James Anderson (born April 18, 1956) is an American actorbest known to television audiences for playing the character of Jeff Colby in both the prime-time soap opera Dynasty and its spin-off series The Colbys throughout the 1980s.[1]


James is a veteran of daytime soaps, first appearing in Search for Tomorrow in the late 1970s. In 1981 he won the role of Jeff Colby in Dynasty, appearing in the very first episode, Oil, and remaining on the soap opera until the final episode, Catch 22 (1989). He returned to play Jeff one last time in the TV movie, Dynasty: The Reunion (1991).

James was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role in Dynasty (1985) and appeared at the 1986 ceremony. The Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film went to Olmos.[2][3]

James returned to the genre playing Rick Decker on As the World Turns in 2003–04. In May 2006, he was cast in the role of Dr. Jeff Martin (the first husband of Erica Kane played by series star Susan Lucci) on the ABC daytime soap opera All My Children. He began airing the following month. On July 15, 2008, James returned to As the World Turns, reprising the role of demented Dr. Rick Decker.[3]

In film, James starred in Icebreaker (2000) with Sean Astin, Bruce Campbell, and Stacy Keach; in The Cursed aka Peril (2001) with Morgan Fairchild and Michael Pare; and in Lightning: Fire from the Sky (2001) with Jesse Eisenberg, Stacy Keach and John Schneider.[3]

He produced and starred in Illegal Aliens (2007). All four movies were directed by David Giancola. In 2012, James starred in the Giancola documentary, Addicted to Fame (2012), about the making of their film Illegal Aliens.[4][3]

Personal life[edit]

James was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His father is radio broadcaster Herb Oscar Anderson. His brother, Herb Anderson, is an actor.[5]

In 1989, James married Denise Ellen Coward, a model and 2nd Runner-up for Miss World 1978.[6] They have two children. In 2012, James' daughter, Laura, won America's Next Top Model, Cycle 19.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Chronology Tom
2012 Addicted to Fame Himself Documentary; Biography
2008 As the World Turns Rick Decker 14 Episodes (2003-2008)
2007 Illegal Aliens Big Tony Producer
2007 All My Children Jeff Martin 32 Episodes (2006-2007)
2001 Lightning: Fire from the Sky Porter Randall TV Movie
2001 The Cursed Scott
2000 Icebreaker Will Langley
2000 Pacific Blue S.N.A.F.U. 1 Episode
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave Ray Kennedy 1 Episode
1998 Touched by an Angel Sam Carver 1 Episode
1992 Partners 'n Love Carey Mays TV Movie
1991 Dynasty: The Reunion Jeff Colby TV Movie
1991 Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter Brett Huston TV Movie
1987 Haunted by Her Past Eric Beckett TV Movie
1987 The Colbys Jeff Colby 49 Episodes (1985-1987)
1984 He's Not Your Son Ted Barnes TV Movie
1984 Finder of Lost Loves Father Michael Bretton 1 Episode
1982 The Love Boat Di Nardi / Enzo Carducci 4 Episodes
1982 Fantasy Island Corky Daniels 1 Episode
1981-89 Dynasty Jeff Colby 168 Episodes (1981-1989); Golden Globe Award Nomination
1977-1979 Search for Tomorrow Tom 'Junior' Bergman Unknown Episodes




  • This Time b/w Fooling Around (with Heidi Bruhl; 1984)[13]
  • Painted Dreams b/w Sleeping In Your Arms Again (1985)[14]


  1. ^ ABC News, Dynasty Turns 32: Where Are the Carringtons Now? John James; accessed December 24, 2013.
  2. ^ The Hollywood Foreign Press Association Official website of the Golden Globe Awards; accessdate December 22, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d John James profile, Internet Movie Database; accessdate December 22, 2013.
  4. ^ "Director David Giancola and Dynasty star John James on their Anna Nicole Smith documentary, 'Addicted to Fame'", Entertainment Weekly online, accessed December 24, 2013.
  5. ^ Scott Benjamin, "Herb Oscar Anderson Profile",; accessed December 22, 2013.
  6. ^ Coward, Denise, History, Miss World Organization (; accessed December 22, 2013.
  7. ^ "Another upstate Laura for 'ANTM'". Times Union. May 30, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  8. ^ The Hollywood Foreign Press Association Official Website of the Golden Globe Awards, access date 24.12.2013.
  9. ^ People's Choice Web Page accessed 24.12.2013.
  10. ^ People's Choice Web Page accessed 24.12.2013.
  11. ^ People's Choice Web Page accessed 24.12.2013.
  12. ^ People's Choice Web Page accessed 24.12.2013.
  13. ^ James, John & Bruhl, Heidi This Time, RCA, 1984, Discogs, accessed December 23, 2013.
  14. ^ James, John, Painted Dreams, RCA, 1985, Discogs, accessed December 23, 2013.

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