James Read

James Read

Birth name: James Christopher Read
Born: July 31, 1953
Age: 70
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, US
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James Christopher Read (born July 31, 1953) is an American actor, best known for his role of George Hazard in the North and South television miniseries.



Early life

Read was born in Buffalo, New York. He started acting as a student of law at the University of Oregon where he graduated in 1976. He studied acting in New York and then did several off Broadway and regional theatres such as The Denver Center Theatre Company, where he had a couple of leading roles and spent three seasons. In 1998, he earned his Masters Degree in psychology from Pepperdine University.


Read is best known for his role as George Hazard in the three North and South TV miniseries (1985, 1986 and 1994) based on the John Jakes trilogy of novels of the same name (his co-star, Patrick Swayze, taught him how to ride a horse), and for his co-starring role in the movie Beaches.

He had a recurring role on The WB series Charmed as Victor Bennett and was also a regular during the first season of Remington Steele. Recently, he could be seen as Ken Davis in the ABC family drama Wildfire and as ambassador Franklin Fairchild in 2010 television series Persons Unknown. In 2008, he directed an episode of "Wildfire". In 2009, he performed in "Better Angels" as Abraham Lincoln at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, California. Since 2014, he has played the role of drug lord Clyde Weston on the soap opera Days of Our Lives.



The following groups theatrical, television and special movies :

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Talker CO television movie
2010 All Signs of Death Westin Nye television movie / Unaired Pilot
2009 Fame Alice's dad
2006 Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film Himself documentary movie / archive footage (scenes of The Initiation, 1984)
2005 A Lot Like Love Brent Friehl
2004 The History of North and South Himself / George Hazard "the-making-of" DVD documentary / archive footage / special thanks
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Elle's father cut scenes (DVD edition)
2003 Charmed: Behind the Magic Victor Bennett DVD documentary (archive footage)
2001 Legally Blonde Elle's father
2001 Not Another Teen Movie Preston's father
1998 Indiscreet Zachariah Dodd television movie
1997 Walking Thunder Abner Murdock
1996 Full Circle Judge Carter television movie from Danielle Steel's novel
1996 Harvest of Fire Scott television movie
1995 When the Dark Man Calls Det. Michael Lieberman television movie
1995 The Other Woman Michael Bryan television movie, also known as Mothers and Daughters
1992 The President's Child Sen. James Guthrie television movie
1992 Love Crimes Stanton Gray
1990 Lola Peter Baltic television movie / Pilot, also known as Escape from 212
1990 Web of Deceit Paul Evanston television movie, also known as Conspiracy to Kill
1990 Back to Hannibal: The Return of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn Hugh television movie, The Wonderful World of Walt Disney
1988 Beaches Michael Essex also known as Forever Friends
1988 Eight Men Out Claude "Lefty" Williams
1987 Celebration Family James Marston television movie
1985 Midas Valley Josh Landau television movie
1985 Lace II Daryl Webster television movie
1984 The Initiation Peter
1983 Blue Thunder Policeman
19xx A Journey of Love unknown television movie, rumoured

Television series

The following groups miniseries and series with regular and semi-regular appearances :

Year Title Role Notes
2014-2015 Days of Our Lives Clyde Weston TV series 1965-present
2010 Persons Unknown Franklin Fairchild TV series 2010, 6 episodes
2005-2008 Wildfire Ken Davis TV series 2005-2008, 40 episodes
2002-2005 American Dreams George Mason TV series 2002-2005, 8 episodes
2001-2006 Charmed Victor Bennett TV series 1998-2006, 14 episodes
1994 North and South, Book III George Hazard miniseries
1987 Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story Cary Grant miniseries / television movie
1987 Shell Game Riley/John Reid TV series 1987
1986 North and South, Book II George Hazard miniseries
1985 North and South, Book I George Hazard miniseries
1985 Robert Kennedy & His Times Teddy Kennedy miniseries / television movie
1982-1983 Remington Steele Murphy Michaels TV series 1982-1987, 22 episodes (Season 1)

The following groups television series with his guest-appearances :

Year Title Role Notes
2012 CSI: NY Robert Monroe TV series 2004-, 9.08 "Late Admissions"
2011 Castle Anton McHugh TV series 2009-, 4.05 "Eye of the Beholder"
2010 In Plain Sight Damon Schmidt TV series 2008-, 3.11 "The Born Identity"
2008 Cold Case Prof. Robert Boreki TV series 2003-2010, 6.01 "Glory Days"
2006 Pepper Dennis Mr. Brinkman TV series 2006, 1.10 "Dennis, Bulgari, Big Losers at ACoRNS: Film at Eleven"
2005 Crossing Jordan Dean William Hargrave TV series 2001-2007, 4.12 "Family Affair"
2002 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Ben, Josh's Father TV series 1996-2003, 6.17 "The Competition"
2002 Becker Dan TV series 1998-2004, 4.12 "The Ex-Files"
2002 Intimate Portrait Himself TV series 1995-2004, "Finola Hughes"
2001 Star Trek: Voyager Jaffen TV series 1995-2001, 7.16 & 17 "Workforce: Part 1 & 2"
2000 Touched by an Angel Nick TV series 1994-2003, 6.11 "Millennium"
1999 Profiler James Lofton TV series 1996-2000, 3.20 "Las Brisas"
1998 Push unknown TV series 1998, unknown episode
1997 Diagnosis: Murder David McReynolds TV series 1993-2001, 5.02 "Open and Shut"
1997 The Cape Jeff TV series 1996-1997, 1.19 "Just Like Old Times"
1997 7th Heaven Bill Sanders TV series 1996-2007, 1.16 "Brave New World"
1996 Home Improvement Captain Jenkins TV series 1991-1999, 6.01 "At Sea"
1996 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Jack Olsen TV series 1993-1997, 3.13 "The Dad Who Came in from the Cold"
1995 Murder, She Wrote Boyd Venton TV series 1984-1996, 11.13 "Death 'N Denial"
1994 Heaven Help US Max TV series 1994, 1.07 "The Last Great Hope"
1991 Princesses Michael Decrow TV series 1991, 1.01 "Pilot"
1990 Columbo Dr Wesley Corman TV series 1971-2003, 9.05 "Uneasy Lies the Crown" / television movie
1990 Midnight Caller Richard Clark TV series 1988-1991, 2.22 "Nighthawk's Got the Blues"
1984 Matt Houston Fletcher / Jason Haywood TV series 1982-1985, 3.08 "The High Fashion Murders"
1984 Jessie The Streak TV series 1984, 1.02 "The Lady Killer"
1984 Cover Up unknown TV series 1984-1985, rumoured appearance
1983 Trapper John, M.D. Ace Bukowski TV series 1979-1986, 5.08 "The Agony of D'Feet"
1983 Fantasy Island Eddie Random TV series 1977-1984, 7.08 "Random Choices/My Mother, the Swinger"
1983 Hotel Pike TV series 1983-1988, 1.11 "Christmas"
1982 Cheers Herb Sawyer TV series 1982-1993, 1.07 "Friends, Romans, and Accountants"

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