Ken James (Australian actor)

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Ken James
Born (1948-11-16) 16 November 1948 (age 70)
Sydney, New South Wales
Years active1964-2000

Ken James (born 16 November 1948 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian actor known for regular roles in several popular television series. He was probably best known to Australian (and international) audiences as Sonny's older brother Mark Hammond in the 1960s children's TV show, Skippy.[1]


He later played television actor Tony Wild in The Box from 1974 to 1977, Tom in Glenview High (1977), air traffic controller Simon Young in Skyways from 1979 to 1981, and later was Mike O'Brien in Sons and Daughters from 1983 to 1985.[2][3]

Other appearances include Matlock Police, Pugwall and Prisoner.[3]

Television chef[edit]

He was later a television chef for over 10 years, known for his regular appearance on Good Morning Australia then involved in the marketing of Ecopot, a cooking aid.

Personal life[edit]

James has two adult children from his first marriage, and since 2003 has been engaged to marry for a second time. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2009.[4]


  1. ^ Colin Vickery (11 September 2009). Different paths, but Skippy actors bonded by a landmark television series.
  2. ^ Andrew Mercado (1 November 2004). Super Aussie Soaps: Behind the Scenes of Australia's Best Loved TV Shows. Pluto Press. pp. 72–. ISBN 978-1-86403-191-1. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b Ken James (I).
  4. ^ Lawrence Money (26 December 2009). Another beautiful Melbourne day, and not taken for granted, The Age

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