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Clifton James

Highest Rated:   100% Cool Hand Luke (1967)
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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. Clifton James kicked off the '90s as one of the willing but floundering cast members of that disaster of disasters, Bonfire of the Vanities (1990).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
93% 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
41% She-Devil
  • Actor
1989
85% Eight Men Out
  • Charles Comiskey
1988
80% The Untouchables
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Where Are the Children?
  • Chief Coffin
1986
No Score Yet Kidco
  • Orville Peterjohn
1984
No Score Yet Talk to Me
  • State Trooper
1982
89% 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
83% Silver Streak
  • Sheriff Chauncey
1976
No Score Yet Captains and the Kings
  • Gov. Hackett
1976
No Score Yet From Hong Kong With Love
  • Bailey
1975
69% Rancho Deluxe
  • John Brown
1975
No Score Yet The Deadly Tower
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet The Runaway Barge
  • Sooey
1975
45% 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
58% The Laughing Policeman
  • Maloney
1973
93% The Last Detail
  • Chief Master-At-Arms
1973
88% 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
No Score Yet The Reivers
  • Butch
1969
83% 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
80% The Chase
  • Lem
1966
No Score Yet Invitation to a Gunfighter
  • Tuttle
1964
No Score Yet Black like Me
  • Eli Carr
1964
80% David and Lisa
  • John
1962
100% Experiment in Terror
  • Capt. Moreno
1962
50% Something Wild
  • Det. Bogarde
1961
No Score Yet The Strange One
  • Col. Ramey
1957

Quotes from Clifton James' Characters