Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
James Keach (born December 7, 1947) is an American actor, producer, and director. He is the younger brother of actor Stacy Keach, Jr., and son of actor Stacy Keach, Sr.
Keach was born in Savannah, Georgia, the son of Mary Cain (née Peckham), an actress, and Walter Stacy Keach, Sr., a drama coach, actor, writer, and producer. His brother, Stacy Keach, is an American actor and narrator. Keach received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama, and is also a classically trained Shakespearean actor.
He is a patron of Meningitis UK.
Best known as a producer and director, Keach has also acted, most famously portraying Jesse James in the 1980 film The Long Riders, a film which he co-wrote and produced. Johnny Cash was so taken by the film that he and June Carter became close friends with Keach and asked him to be involved in the development of Walk the Line, which Keach produced. Keach also appeared in numerous supporting roles in films such as National Lampoon's Vacation. He also played a leading role in the 1985 comedy film Moving Violations as Deputy Hank Halik.
He was the director of the 1993 TV series and 1999 film Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman which starred his wife, Jane Seymour, and other episodic television. Most recently he has directed and produced Waiting for Forever and Blind Dating. He directed a documentary, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, about country music singer Glen Campbell and his battle with Alzheimer's disease, that was released in October 2014.
In 2010, James Keach received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
He was married to Holly Collins, sister of Judy Collins. Their marriage produced a son, Kalen Keach. Sometime after his marriage to Collins ended, he married Mimi Maynard. Their marriage lasted until 1993.
In 1993, Keach married actress Jane Seymour. The couple had twin boys, born 30 November 1995, John Stacy and Kristopher Steven, who were name after family friends Johnny Cash and Christopher Reeve, and James's brother, actor Stacy Keach. On April 12, 2013, it was announced that the couple separated. The divorce was finalized in December 2015.
|Wilbur and Orville: The First to Fly||1973||Orville Wright|
|Comes a Horseman||1978||Emil Kroegh|
|Smokey and the Hotwire Gang||1979||Joshua|
|The Long Riders||1980||Jesse James|
|The Legend of the Lone Ranger||1981||The Lone Ranger/John Reid (voice) (uncredited)|
|National Lampoon's Vacation||1983||Motorcycle Cop|
|Love Letters||1984||Oliver Andrews|
|The Razor's Edge||1984||Gray Maturin|
|Moving Violations||1985||Deputy Halik|
|Stand Alone||1985||Detective Isgrow|
|Evil Town||1987||Christopher Fuller|
|The Dance Goes On||1992||James Smith|
|The New Swiss Family Robinson||1998||Jack Robinson|
|Walk the Line||2005||Warden|
|The Long Riders||1980||Executive Producer|
|Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me||2014||Director|
|NET Playhouse||1971||Orville Wright||TV series. 1 episode: "The Wright Brothers"
National Educational Television (NET) (Precursor to PBS)
|Deadly Visitor||1973||ABC TV movie|
|Kung Fu||1973||Abe Jones||ABC TV series
1 episode: "The Assassin"
|Kojak||1973||Ted Strong||CBS TV series
1 episode: "Girl in the River"
|Ironside||1974||Walter Portman||NBC TV series
1 episode: "The Taste of Ashes"
|The Rookies||1974||Stoney Putnam||TV series
1 episode: "Legacy of Death"
|Movin' On||1974||Ron||TV series
1 episode: "The Trick Is to Stay Alive"
|Cannon||1974-76||Johnny Cabe / Pete Wallace||TV series. 2 episodes:
|Miles to Go Before I Sleep||1975||Man in Bar||TV movie|
|The Hatfields and McCoys||1975||Jim McCoy||TV movie|
|The Manhunter||1975||Reichart||TV series
1 episode: "Man in a Cage"
|Police Woman||1975||Cliff Hummel / Del Franklin||TV series
1 episode: "Ice"
|S.W.A.T.||1975||Arlie Warren||TV series
1 episode: "A Coven of Killers"
|Switch||1975||Dean 'Skip' Crowe||TV series
1 episode: "The Body at the Bottom"
|Starsky and Hutch||1975||James March Wrightwood / Ed Chambers||TV series. 2 episodes:
|Joe Forrester||1976||TV series
1 episode: "The Boy Next Door"
|Six Characters in Search of an Author||1976||The Son||TV movie|
|The Quest||1976||Blue||TV series
1 episode: "Day of Outrage"
|The Blue Hotel||1977||Johnnie||TV movie|
|Black Sheep Squadron||1977||TV series
1 episode: "Trouble at Fort Apache"
|Kill Me If You Can||1977||Officer #1||TV movie|
|The Tony Randall Show||1977||Bastian||TV series
1 episode: "Bobby vs. Michael"
|The Next Step Beyond||1978||TV series: 1 episode: "The Haunted Inn"|
|Nowhere to Run||1978||McEnerney||TV movie|
|Lacy and the Mississippi Queen||1978||Parker||TV movie|
|Quincy M.E.||1979||Gary Harlan||TV series
1 episode: "A Small Circle of Friends"
|Like Normal People||1979||Robert Meyers Jr.||TV movie|
|The Great Cash Giveaway Getaway||1980||Bondo||TV movie|
|Big Bend Country||1981||Ian McGregor||TV movie|
|Thou Shalt Not Kill||1982||Jeff Tompkins||TV movie|
|Till Death Do Us Part||1982||Robert Craig||TV movie|
|The Blue and the Gray||1982||Miniseries||Original release: November 14, 1982 - November 17, 1982
Stacy Keach as Jonas Steele
Original network: CBS
|Magnum, P.I.||1983||Killer||TV series
1 episode: "...By Its Cover"
|Wishman||1983||Galen Reed||TV movie|
|The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains||1987||Father Vincent Godfrey Burns||TV movie|
|Good Cops, Bad Cops||1990||Frank Moran||TV movie|
|Murder in High Places||1991||Levering||TV movie|
|Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman||1997||Brent Currier||TV series
1 episode: "Hostage"
|Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble||2000||Dr. Huston||TV movie|
|Perfectly Prudence||2011||Mister||TV movie|
|This One 'n That One||2012||Big Jim||TV series|