Clifton James

Clifton James

Highest Rated: 100% Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Lowest Rated: 16% The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

Birthday: May 29, 1921

Birthplace: Not Available

In the '70s, American actor Clifton James became the foremost film impersonator of Southern redneck sheriffs -- but he had to go to England to do it. A graduate of the Actors Studio, James secured small roles in such Manhattan-filmed productions as On the Waterfront (1954) and in well over 100 TV programs. But his parts were tiny and frequently unbilled, relegating James to the ranks of "Who is that?" character actors. All this changed when James was cast as Sheriff Pepper in the James Bond film Live and Let Die (1973), which led to a reprise of the character in the next Bond epic The Man With the Golden Gun (1973). Since that time, the stocky, ruddy-cheeked James has been prominent in such films as Silver Streak (1976), The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977) and Superman II (1980). In 1981, James was a regular on the brief TV sitcom Lewis and Clark. James kicked off the '90s as one of the willing but floundering cast members of that disaster of disasters, Bonfire of the Vanities (1990). He continued working in small roles through the rest of his life. James died in 2017, at age 96.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Hell's Kitchen: A New York Neighborhood Actor 2007
80% Sunshine State Buster Bidwell $2.9M 2002
No Score Yet Interstate 84 Buddy 2000
No Score Yet Hellinger Actor 1997
94% Lone Star Hollis Pogue 1996
No Score Yet The Summer of Ben Tyler Chief Sam Thomkins 1996
No Score Yet The Vernon Johns Story Judge Blake 1994
No Score Yet Carolina Skeletons Dexter Cody 1992
16% The Bonfire of the Vanities Albert Fox 1990
42% She-Devil Actor 1989
86% Eight Men Out Charles Comiskey 1988
82% The Untouchables Actor 1987
33% Where Are the Children? Chief Coffin 1986
No Score Yet Kidco Orville Peterjohn 1984
No Score Yet Talk to Me State Trooper 1982
87% Superman II Sheriff 1981
No Score Yet Caboblanco (Cabo Blanco) Lorrimer 1981
82% Watership Down Blackavar 1978
50% The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training Sy Orlansky 1977
No Score Yet Little Ladies of the Night Actor 1977
80% Silver Streak Sheriff Chauncey 1976
No Score Yet Bons Baisers de Hong Kong Bailey 1975
69% Rancho Deluxe John Brown 1975
No Score Yet The Deadly Tower Actor 1975
No Score Yet The Runaway Barge Sooey 1975
44% The Man with the Golden Gun Sheriff J.W. Pepper 1974
No Score Yet Juggernaut Corrigan 1974
No Score Yet Buster and Billie Jake 1974
No Score Yet Bank Shot Frank "Bulldog" Steiger 1974
62% The Laughing Policeman Maloney 1973
91% The Last Detail Chief Master-At-Arms 1973
90% The Iceman Cometh Pat McGloin 1973
No Score Yet The Werewolf of Washington Attorney General 1973
No Score Yet Kid Blue Mr. Hendricks 1973
66% Live and Let Die Pepper 1973
No Score Yet The New Centurions Whitey 1972
No Score Yet The Biscuit Eater Mr. Eben 1972
No Score Yet Tick...Tick...Tick... D.J. Rankin 1970
No Score Yet WUSA Speed 1970
80% The Reivers Butch 1969
85% Will Penny Catron 1968
No Score Yet The Caper of the Golden Bulls Philippe Lemoins 1967
No Score Yet The Happening O'Reilly 1967
100% Cool Hand Luke Carr 1967
83% The Chase Lem 1966
No Score Yet Invitation to a Gunfighter Tuttle 1964
No Score Yet Black like Me Eli Carr 1964
83% David and Lisa John 1962
100% Experiment in Terror Capt. Moreno 1962
43% Something Wild Det. Bogarde 1961
No Score Yet The Strange One Col. Ramey 1957


No Score Yet Night Court
Reverend 1990
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
Guest Nick Claybourne 1989
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Ray Dressler 1988
No Score Yet The A-Team
Warden Beal Sheriff Dawson 1983
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
Brady Lewis 1982
No Score Yet Dukes of Hazzard
Sheriff Lester Crabbe 1980
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
Cliff Webb 1980
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Teek Tenner Jackson Sam Wickes 1974
No Score Yet Bonanza
Quarry Lawson 1971
No Score Yet Ironside
Rollo 1969


Carr says: " One in the box, one in the bush"

Carr says: One in the box, one in the bush.

Sheriff J.W. Pepper says: Now I know you!

James Bond says: Oh no.

Sheriff J.W. Pepper says: You're that secret agent. That english secret agent from England!

Sheriff Chauncey says: Hello, Car 36, what the hell happened to you guys?

Grover Muldoon says: [into the radio] Hey Chauncey, this is Grover T. Muldoon. You wanna know what happened? We just whooped your ass. We whooped your ass. Ha ha ha!

Sheriff Chauncey says: Is he with the feds?

George Caldwell says: Who?

Sheriff Chauncey says: This guy Rembrandt.

George Caldwell says: Rembrandt is dead.

Sheriff Chauncey says: Dead? That makes four.