Mostly Credited As: John James (1)
Birth Name: Herb Oscar Anderson
Date Of Birth: April 18, 1956 (Age 59)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
John James was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 1956. His birth name is Herb Oscar Anderson. A great influence on his career was his dad, the famous radio host Herb Oscar Anderson in Chicago. He studied at Manhattan's American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His wife, Denise Coward , is an Australian model turned actress. John James worked for a long time in soap operas. His greatest break in prime time TV came with Dynasty: "I had done some cast testings for the role of 'Steven Carrington' in the TV series 'Dynasty', but I was pretty sure I wasn't going to get it. It's just that sometimes you grow pessimistic. Finally, after the test, I went home very resigned to wait. Many days went by and when I had given up hope entirely, the phone rang. It was my agent with bad news: "Sorry, John' he said. 'You haven't landed the role of Steven... but you've been hired to play Jeff Colby! I jumped in joy so high that almost went through the roof! From being an unemployed actor I became an TV star, earning a modest wage of $ 20,000 per episode. Wow!" John has remained active working in TV series and soap operas, he lives with his wife and kids in a sprawling ranch.