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James Luisi

A native New Yorker, James Luisi attended St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights on a basketball scholarship. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He then played one season (1953-54) with the Baltimore Bullets in the National Basketball Association. His acting career began on the stage with early parts coming in the Broadway musicals "Sweet Charity" and "Zorba". His early movies were minor, though his "beefcake" appeal was evident in 1973's I Escaped from Devil's Island (1973) in which he rarely wore a shirt. Most of his later work was on TV. In 1976 he shared a "best actor" daytime Emmy for playing George Washington in a daytime drama special titled First Ladies Diaries: Martha Washington (1975). Also in 1976 he started his four-season role as Jim Rockford's (James Garner) nemesis Lt. Chapman in The Rockford Files (1974). In 1983 he played the cop in charge of some street-gang-members-turned-undercover-agents in the short-lived series The Renegades (1983), which provided a boost for Patrick Swayze, who played one of the gang members. Along with guest spots on numerous TV shows, Luisi also appeared in the soap operas Days of Our Lives (1965) and Another World (1964). In the 1990s he returned to acting in and directing stage work in the Los Angeles area. Stricken with cancer he passed away on 7 June 2002 and is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Georgia Phillips.

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Nov 11, 1928 In New York City, New York
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Gunsmoke 1955-09-10
Latest Project:
Series Here's Boomer 2022
Known For
Poster of Lethal Woman
Poster of The A-Team
Poster of Knight Rider
Poster of Magnum, P.I.
Series Here's Boomer Unknown 2022
Movie The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play Capt. Doug Chapman 1996-04-25
Series Baywatch Nights Murray 1995-09-30
Series Dark Justice Unknown 1991-04-05
Series Silk Stalkings Unknown 1991-11-07
Movie Lethal Woman Colonel Jerry Maxim 1989-04-30
Movie Feds Sperry 1988-10-28
Movie The Hidden Ferrari Salesman 1987-10-30
Series The Hogan Family Unknown 1986-03-01
Movie Murphy's Law Ed Reineke 1986-04-18
Series L.A. Law Unknown 1986-09-15
Series Hell Town Unknown 1985-09-11
Series Partners in Crime Unknown 1984-09-27
Movie The Red-Light Sting Renny Lucas 1984-03-05
Series The Renegades Lt. Marciano 1983-03-04
Series The A-Team Jimmy Durkee 1983-01-23
Movie Sunset Limousine Angel 1983-10-12
Movie Star 80 Roy 1983-11-10
Series T. J. Hooker Vincent Hazzard 1982-03-13
Movie The Renegades Lieutenant Joe Marciano 1982-08-11
Series Matt Houston Unknown 1982-09-26
Series Knight Rider D.G. Grebs 1982-09-26
Series The Fall Guy Unknown 1981-11-04
Movie Fade to Black Capt. M.L. Gallagher 1980-10-14
Series Magnum, P.I. Unknown 1980-12-11
Series Harris and Company 1979-03-15
Movie Norma Rae George Benson 1979-03-02
Series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Hood 1979-09-20
Series Hart to Hart Unknown 1979-09-22
Series Knots Landing Unknown 1979-12-27
Series The Eddie Capra Mysteries Unknown 1978-09-08
Movie Killer's Delight Sgt. Vince De Carlo 1978-01-01
Series Sword of Justice Unknown 1978-09-10
Series Vega$ Unknown 1978-09-20
Movie Moment by Moment Dan Santini 1978-12-22
Movie One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story Jimmy Karalla 1978-09-26
Series Hunter Unknown 1977-02-18
Movie Stunts Alvin Blake 1977-06-01
Movie Contract on Cherry Street Al Palmini / Arnold Palmer 1977-11-19
Series CHiPs Unknown 1977-09-15
Series City of Angels Unknown 1976-02-03
Series Good Heavens Unknown 1976-02-29
Series Quincy, M.E. Unknown 1976-10-03
Series Spencer's Pilots Unknown 1976-09-17
Series S.W.A.T. Unknown 1975-02-24
Series Wonder Woman Unknown 1975-11-07
Series Starsky & Hutch Unknown 1975-09-10
Movie Honky Tonk Blackie 1974-04-01
Series The Rockford Files Burt Stryker 1974-09-13
Movie The Take Benedetto 1974-05-01
Series Hawkins Andy Tyler 1973-03-13
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Series Barnaby Jones Burt Logan 1973-01-28
Movie Cry Rape Det. Kroger 1973-11-27
Movie I Escaped From Devil's Island Dazzas 1973-09-01
Series Kojak Unknown 1973-10-24
Movie Ben Ed 1972-06-23
Series The Rookies Unknown 1972-09-11
Series Circle of Fear Unknown 1972-09-15
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-23
Movie Cat Ballou Spider Levinsky 1971-09-06
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Series Another World 1964-05-04
Series The Rifleman Unknown 1958-09-30
Series Naked City Unknown 1958-09-30
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10