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James Lee



An Emmy award-nominated contributor to the classic television production Roots (1977), screenwriter James H. Lee found himself drawn to the stage as an actor early on, later switching to writing in order to create suitable roles for himself. Born in Pleasant Ridge, MI, Lee graduated from Harvard University in 1944, later taking to the New York stage in productions of Desk Set and The Seven Year Itch. After his early play Career clicked with audiences, Lee adapted the stage work into a popular 1957 film starring Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine. The film ignited Lee's screenwriting career, and through the next decade he would pen such films as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960), Counterpoint (1968), and the Elvis Presley/Mary Tyler Moore drama Change of Habit (1969). It was the 1970s that would find Lee leaving his historical mark on television drama with the scripting of four of the original 12 episodes of Roots and co-writing four more. Responsible for the introduction of such memorable characters as Chicken George, Lee received an Emmy for the third episode in addition to being nominated for such other small-screen efforts as The Invincible Mr. Disraeli (1963) and 1980's This Year's Blonde. For his contributions to Roots, Lee was also awarded the Humanitas Award. In early July 2002, James H. Lee died in Los Angeles after battling emphysema. He was 79.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Charge Over You
  • Dane
2012
No Score Yet Ruguo hai you mingtian (If It's Not Now, Then When?)
  • Director
2011
No Score Yet Flower in the Pocket
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet King of the Cage - Payback
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Mei li de xi yi ji (The Beautiful Washing Machine)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2004
No Score Yet King of the Cage - Domination
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet How to Get Rich by Fung Shui
  • Host
1998
No Score Yet My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn
  • Screenwriter
1985
10% Change of Habit
  • Screenwriter
1969
No Score Yet Banning
  • Screenwriter
1967
No Score Yet Counterpoint
  • Screenwriter
1967
No Score Yet The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Screenwriter
1960
No Score Yet Career
  • Screenwriter
1959

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