James Morrison - Acting is about being human!

James Morrison - Acting is about being human!

Premiered: August 2021
James Morrison | Working Actor

James Morrison | Working Actor

James Morrison | Working Actor **
James Morrison | Working Actor **
James Morrison | Working Actor **
James Morrison | Working Actor **
James Morrison | Working Actor **
James Morrison | Noel Coward's "Hay Fever", Anchorage (1972)
James Morrison | "Godspell", Anchorage (1972)
James Morrison, Kirstie Alley | Mark Taper Production "Cat" (1983)
James Morrison | "Down the Road" by Lee Blessing, La Jolla Playhouse (1989)
James Morrison, Pat Hingle | "Brick and Big Daddy", McCarter Theatre (1992)
James Morrison | "24" (2001)
James Morrison, Keifer Sutherland | "24" (2001)
James Morrison as Bill Buchanan | "24" Promo Photo *
James Morrison | "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" (2003)
James Morrison, Audra McDonald | "Private Practice: Love Bites" (2007)
James Morrison / Producer, Director | "Showing Up" (2014) ***
James Morrison, Annabelle Stephenson | "Pray for Rain" (2017)
James Morrison, Hank Harris, Karl Makinen | "Twin Peaks" (2017)
James Morrison| Working Actor **
James Morrison| Working Actor **

James Morrison, filmmaker, playwright, poet, actor, singer/songwriter and yoga teacher, was born in Utah and is a product of Alaska. He began his acting career as a clown and wire walker for the Carson and Barnes Wild Animal Circus and served his theatrical apprenticeship with the Alaska Repertory Theatre. Since then, he has appeared at some of America's foremost theatres including the McCarter Theatre, the La Jolla Playhouse, the Mark Taper Forum, LA TheatreWorks and The Old Globe with such renowned directors as Robert Egan, Emily Mann, Des McAnuff, Jack O'Brien, Charles Nelson Reilly, Jose Quintero, Martin Jarvis, and Harry Mastrogeorge, his acting teacher since 1982.

He is the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Performance and three Drama-Logue Awards. In 1985 he appeared in the London premiere of Emily Mann's Still Life at the West End's Donmar Warehouse and the Riverside Studios after a stint in The Edinburgh Festival at the Traverse Theatre where the production received a Fringe First Award.

His radio credits include L.A.TheatreWorks productions of Pressure - as General Eisenhower, The Rainmaker as Starbuck with the cast of the Broadway revival, Ruby McCollum in which he stars as William Bradford Huie, Judgement at Nuremberg - starring as Chief Justice Dan Haywood, the U.S. tour of In the Heat of the Night and Julius Caesar.

Morrison's short film, Parking, which he wrote and directed, was produced by his wife, Riad Galayini. Parking screened at twenty film festivals world wide including New York's New Directors/New Films presented by Lincoln Center at the Museum of Modern Art, Slamdance (audience choice award for best short), Austin's South By Southwest Festival, the Central Florida Film Festival (third place narrative film award), the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, the Montreal World Festival, The Festival of U.S. Shorts in Brisbane, Australia, Ireland's Cork International Film Festival, and the Northampton Film Festival where it received the Best Short of the Festival Award. Parking also ran on Sundance Channel for 18 months.

With Ms. Galayini, he co-wrote and co-produced her directorial debut, Nude Descending, which received The George Melies Award at the 1998 Taos Talking Picture Festival and has screened at the Nashville Independent Festival and Short Cuts in Paris. In 2000, Nude Descending was selected for special recognition by the Hitchcock International Director's Series presented by the American Cinematheque.

Their latest film, the documentary, Showing Up, is a feature-length conversation about the actor's audition.

Most recently, James developed and performed his one-man play, Leave Your Fears Here at the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Morrison's plays have also been produced and/or developed at the Sundance Institute, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Playwrights' Center of Minneapolis, L.A. TheatreWorks, The MET Theatre, Two Parts Theatre Company, The Classical Theatre Lab, City Theatre in Miami, The Road Theatre, The Mojo Ensemble, The Wooden O, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival and the Salt Lake Acting Company where he has directed several plays including those by Sam Shepard, John Robinson, Larry Shue and Beth Henley.

As a singer/songwriter his albums, Son to the Boy and I Broke Free are available on iTunes CD Baby, Amazon and all digital outlets.

James was a Lecture Fellow at Bournemouth University School of Media in England and received his certification to teach Hatha Yoga from Ganga White and Tracey Rich at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara where he sits on the Board of Trustees. He taught regular classes at the YogaWorks Center for Yoga in Los Angeles for 10 years.

James and Riad live North of Los Angeles and their son, Seamus, who is attending UCSB.

James Morrison's advice to the aspiring actor:

quote-leftDon’t let anyone tell you that what we do as actors is only about "acting." It’s not. It’s about being a human being, first, foremost, and always. Acting, on the set, in the rehearsal room, audition room, or the stage, is only what we do as human beings and our ability to bring that to bear.  

As actors it’s only about the work, of course, but as human beings it’s about how we conduct ourselves and how we interact with, collaborate with, and treat other human beings. If we treat others with respect, we will be treated with respect. If we’re not, it’s because someone else needs to learn this. At our best we are no more than workers among workers. No one worker is any more deserving than another or deserves more respect than another.  

So we need to know the craft and rules that apply to our work as actors? Absolutely. Be a student and practice. But success or failure lies solely on how we treat others in the workplace and basic rules of conduct, including punctuality. The adage, “know your words and hit your marks” only covers a small part of our responsibilities in the workplace.  

When I was first starting out, I was told, “Leave your problems at the door.” That hasn’t changed and never will. This advice is not an acting lesson, it’s not even as simple as “put the story first,” or “access your humanity,” which to anyone who knows up from down are the first and second rules of acting, it is more basic than that. We are human beings first; compassionate, considerate, and mindful – especially in the work   – but always in the workplace.


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James Morrison's Credits
  A Christmas Cop (announced)  
The Ghost of Cop Yet To Come
  2022 Aves (Short)  

 2020-2021 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)  
Jim Rollins

In the Year We All Fell Down (2021) ... Jim Rollins
Eternal Relief from Pain (2020) ... Jim Rollins
 2020 1  
Boss 2
 2020 Reclaiming (Short)  
John Ryder
 2020 Intersect  
Bill Marshall
 2019 Relish  
Rich Stratton

 2019 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)  
Bob Jeff

The Blue Scorpion (2019) ... Bob Jeff (voice)
 2019 Live and Let Die: The Radio Play (Video)  
The Robber (voice)
 2019 Captain Marvel  
Air Force General (uncredited)
 2018/I Doubting Thomas  

 2004-2017 NCIS (TV Series)  
U.S. Senator John Phillips / Assistant Director Roper

Double Down (2017) ... U.S. Senator John Phillips
Eye Spy (2004) ... Assistant Director Roper

 2017 Major Crimes (TV Series)  
Marvin Garret

Sanctuary City: Part 3 (2017) ... Marvin Garret
Sanctuary City: Part 1 (2017) ... Marvin Garret

 2017 The Orville (TV Series)  

 2017 The Meanest Man in Texas  
Sheriff Kilborn

 2017 Twin Peaks (TV Series)  
Warden Dwight Murphy

Part 12 (2017) ... Warden Dwight Murphy
Part 9 (2017) ... Warden Dwight Murphy (voice)
Part 7 (2017) ... Warden Dwight Murphy
Part 5 (2017) ... Warden Dwight Murphy
Part 4 (2017) ... Warden Dwight Murphy
 2017 Pray for Rain  
Patrick Waring
 2017 Frederick (Short)  
Detective Marks
 2017 Mitch Rapp: Off Book (Short)  
 2017 Call of the Void  
 2016 Old Man Got Right (Short)  
 2016 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Video Game)  
James Rhomer (voice, as James P Morrison)

 2016 Castle (TV Series)  
Deputy Commissioner Malone

Fidelis Ad Mortem (2016) ... Deputy Commissioner Malone

 2016 37 Problems (TV Series)  

Postmortem (2016) ... Kevin
Land of the Dead (2016) ... Kevin
 2015/I The Stream (Short)  
The Doctor

 2015 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (TV Series)  
Dan Yaeger

The Wednesday Incident (2015) ... Dan Yaeger
 2014 Swiped (Short)  
Hamilton / Hank
 2014 The Jazz Funeral  

 2014 Those Who Kill (TV Series)  
Frank Bisgaard

Surrender (2014) ... Frank Bisgaard
Untethered (2014) ... Frank Bisgaard
Insomnia (2014) ... Frank Bisgaard
A Safe Place (2014) ... Frank Bisgaard
Always After (2014) ... Frank Bisgaard

 2012-2014 Blue (TV Series)  

Make Me Feel Good (2014) ... Olsen
Call Me Francine (2014) ... Olsen
Role Play (2013) ... Olsen
Old Habits Die Hard (2013) ... Olsen
Give an Old Man a Break (2012) ... Olsen
 2014 The Gable 5 (Short)  
Dr. Gable
 2013 The Slippery Slope (Short)  
Mr. Penzance
 2013 I Am I  

 2012 Revenge (TV Series)  
Gordon Murphy

Illusion (2012) ... Gordon Murphy
Confidence (2012) ... Gordon Murphy
Resurrection (2012) ... Gordon Murphy
Destiny (2012) ... Gordon Murphy
Reckoning (2012) ... Gordon Murphy

 2012 The Exes (TV Series)  
Jonathan Hubner / Mr. Hubner

Three Men and a Maybe (2012) ... Jonathan Hubner
Baby Mama (2012) ... Mr. Hubner

 2011 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)  
Jon Cartwright

Angels in Chains (2011) ... Jon Cartwright
 2011 Seeds of Destruction (TV Movie)  
Frame Marcos
 2011 Finding Hope (Short)  
U.S. Attorney Peter Gwynn

 2009-2011 Hawthorne (TV Series)  
John Morrissey

A Shot in the Dark (2011) ... John Morrissey
To Tell the Truth (2011) ... John Morrissey
Just Between Friends (2011) ... John Morrissey
A Fair to Remember (2011) ... John Morrissey
Parental Guidance Required (2011) ... John Morrissey

 2011 Suits (TV Series)  
Jerome Jensen

Identity Crisis (2011) ... Jerome Jensen
 2011 Human Condition (Short)  

 2010 Law & Order: LA (TV Series)  
Gray Campbell

Harbor City (2010) ... Gray Campbell

 2010 The Mentalist (TV Series)  
Warner Vander Hoek

The Blood on His Hands (2010) ... Warner Vander Hoek
 2010 Raspberry Magic  
Henry Hooper

 2009-2010 Private Practice (TV Series)  
William White

The End of a Beautiful Friendship (2010) ... William White
In the Name of Love (2010) ... William White
Triangles (2010) ... William White
Fear of Flying (2010) ... William White
Love Bites (2010) ... William White

 2010 The Deep End (TV Series)  
Jonathan Mather

An Innocent Man (2010) ... Jonathan Mather

 2009 Eli Stone (TV Series)  
Dan Buckley

Mortal Combat (2009) ... Dan Buckley

 2005-2009 24 (TV Series)  
Bill Buchanan

Day 7: 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (2009) ... Bill Buchanan
Day 7: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (2009) ... Bill Buchanan
Day 7: 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (2009) ... Bill Buchanan
Day 7: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. (2009) ... Bill Buchanan
Day 7: 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (2009) ... Bill Buchanan
 2008/III Reflections (Short)  
Dr. Paul Wolley
 2007/II Leo (Short)  
Acting Teacher

 2007 Numb3rs (TV Series)  
Cmdr. Chris Frederickson

In Security (2007) ... Cmdr. Chris Frederickson
 2006 The Key (Short)  
 2006 Crossing (Short)  
 2005 Jarhead  
Mr. Swofford
 2005 American Gun  
St. Anthony's Principal

 2005 Point Pleasant (TV Series)  
Kingston Nickson

Who's Your Daddy? (2005) ... Kingston Nickson
Human Nature (2005) ... Kingston Nickson
Pilot (2005) ... Kingston Nickson

 2004 Cold Case (TV Series)  
Carson Finch

It's Raining Men (2004) ... Carson Finch

 2003 CSI: Miami (TV Series)  
Charles Jeunet

Grand Prix (2003) ... Charles Jeunet

 2003 10-8: Officers on Duty (TV Series)  
Mark Lowry

A Hard Day's Night (2003) ... Mark Lowry

 2003 The West Wing (TV Series)  
Colonel Jessie Weiskopf

Angel Maintenance (2003) ... Colonel Jessie Weiskopf
 2002 Catch Me If You Can  

 2002 JAG (TV Series)  
Major General Lucas West

Ready or Not (2002) ... Major General Lucas West

 2002 Six Feet Under (TV Series)  
Swinger Husband

The Secret (2002) ... Swinger Husband

 2002 The Division (TV Series)  

Illusions (2002) ... Robert
 2001 The One  
LAPD Officer Bobby Aldrich / 'A' World Inmate #1

 2000-2001 Freedom (TV Series)  
Colonel Tim Devon / Colonel Devon

Ransom (2001) ... Colonel Tim Devon
Thieves (2000) ... Colonel Tim Devon
Freezone (2000) ... Colonel Devon
The Chase (2000) ... Colonel Tim Devon
Alpha Dogs (2000) ... Colonel Tim Devon

 2000 The Others (TV Series)  
Simeon Nye / Troy Manheim

$4.95 a Minute (2000) ... Simeon Nye / Troy Manheim

 2000 The X-Files (TV Series)  
Dr. Robert Wieder

Theef (2000) ... Dr. Robert Wieder
 1999 The Wonder Cabinet (TV Movie)  
Dr. Gordon Wayne

 1999 Nash Bridges (TV Series)  
Pete Callen

Boomtown (1999) ... Pete Callen
 1999 Shadows of the Past  

 1998 Seven Days (TV Series)  
Agent Carter

Shadow Play (1998) ... Agent Carter

 1998 Profiler (TV Series)  
Will Cook

The Root of All Evil (1998) ... Will Cook
 1998 Shadow of Doubt  
Paul Saxon

 1998 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)  
Lloyd Nichols

Murder at the Finish Line (1998) ... Lloyd Nichols

 1998 Prey (TV Series)  

Veil (1998) ... Lewis
Transformations (1998) ... Lewis
Infiltration (1998) ... Lewis

 1998 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (TV Series)  
William Corzine (segment: The Portrait) / William Corzine

The Plane/the Gun/the Portrait/the Pass/the Caller (1998) ... William Corzine (segment: The Portrait)
The Portrait (1998) ... William Corzine

 1997 Brooklyn South (TV Series)  
Paul Ingelmann

Love Hurts (1997) ... Paul Ingelmann

 1996 Millennium (TV Series)  
Jim Horn

Dead Letters (1996) ... Jim Horn

 1995-1996 Space: Above and Beyond (TV Series)  
Lt. Col. Tyrus Cassius 'T.C.' McQueen / Col. Tyrus Cassius 'T.C.' McQueen

...Tell Our Moms We Done Our Best (1996) ... Col. Tyrus Cassius 'T.C.' McQueen
And If They Lay Us Down to Rest... (1996) ... Col. Tyrus Cassius 'T.C.' McQueen
Sugar Dirt (1996) ... Col. Tyrus Cassius 'T.C.' McQueen
Stardust (1996) ... Col. Tyrus Cassius 'T.C.' McQueen
R & R (1996) ... Col. Tyrus Cassius 'T.C.' McQueen
 1995 White Dwarf (TV Movie)  

 1995 The Marshal (TV Series)  
A.D.A. Chet Fields

Hitwoman (1995) ... A.D.A. Chet Fields
 1994 Desert Cross (Short)  

 1994 Frasier (TV Series)  

 1994 Without Warning (TV Movie)  
Paul Whitaker

 1994 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)  
Ned Travis

Mustangs (1994) ... Ned Travis
 1994 Where Are My Children? (TV Movie)  
Handsome Man

 1993 Bob (TV Series)  

 1993 Falling Down  
Construction Sign Man by Bus Stop

 1992 L.A. Law (TV Series)  
Walter Phelps

Beauty and the Breast (1992) ... Walter Phelps

 1991 Doogie Howser, M.D. (TV Series)  
Mr. Stevens, father of Will

Doogie Has Left the Building: Part 2 (1991) ... Mr. Stevens, father of Will
Doogie Has Left the Building: Part 1 (1991) ... Mr. Stevens, father of Will

 1991 Quantum Leap (TV Series)  
Joe Deever

Hurricane - August 17, 1969 (1991) ... Joe Deever
 1990 An Enemy of the People (TV Movie)  
Captain Horster
 1990 Good Cops, Bad Cops (TV Movie)  
Lt. Brill
 1990 Last Flight Out (TV Movie)  

 1990 Capital News (TV Series)

 1989 Jesse Hawkes (TV Series)

 1989 Monsters (TV Series)  
Steven Rose, Ph.D.

All in a Day's Work (1989) ... Steven Rose, Ph.D.

 1988 Houston Knights (TV Series)  
Steven Kayden

Love Hurts (1988) ... Steven Kayden

 1987 Werewolf (TV Series)  
Deputy Engels

A World of Difference: Part 2 (1987) ... Deputy Engels
A World of Difference: Part 1 (1987) ... Deputy Engels

 1987 Once a Hero (TV Series)  
Lt Colonel William Travis

Once a Hero (1987) ... Lt Colonel William Travis (uncredited)
 1987 Unfinished Business  
 1986 Richard II (Video)

 1986 North & South: Book 2, Love & War (TV Mini Series)  

 1984 Fatal Vision (TV Mini Series)  
Green Beret

Episode #1.2 (1984) ... Green Beret (credit only)
Episode #1.1 (1984) ... Green Beret

 1984 Automan (TV Series)  
Gary Baxley

Zippers (1984) ... Gary Baxley

 Photo camera Credit   
* @2014 FOX TV  
** Photo by Geoffrey Donne  
*** Photo by David Zaugh

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Submitted by Mike Belson Sat, 08/07/2021 - 20:40

We have been enjoying Mr. Morrison's career path for a long time. He is truly a prolific Working Actor. Really glad to his name among all of the others here!