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James Luisi

Highest Rated: 89% Norma Rae (1979)

Lowest Rated: 20% Feds (1988)

Birthday: Nov 11, 1928

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

James Luisi, known for his tough guy roles, was a guard for the Baltimore Bullets in the 1950s before becoming a stage and screen actor. Luisi left the basketball court to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and he began winning parts in musical theater productions, including the Bob Fosse-directed "Sweet Charity" in 1966. After working on many television shows, Luisi won his most famous role, as Lt. Doug Chapman on the classic James Garner adventure series "The Rockford Files." Luisi would play Lt. Chapman for four seasons, from 1976 to the end of the series in 1980. Fosse cast Luisi in 1983 in the impressive, despairing biopic "Star 80," which was Fosse's last movie. Luisi was mainly restricted to action on television, but he did win some acclaim, and a Daytime Emmy Award, for his portrayal of George Washington in a 1975 special called "First Ladies Diaries: Martha Washington." Luisi worked on daytime soap operas like "Santa Barbara," but he also made an impression in the Sally Field union drama, "Norma Rae." After some undistinguished television work in the 1980s, Luisi returned to his most famous part in a "Rockford Files" TV movie, "The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play" in 1996, and then had just one more credit before his death from cancer in 2002.

Highest rated movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 43% Wanted Vincent Argento (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits Police Capt. Doug Chapman (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play Capt. Doug Chapman (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lethal Woman Colonel Jerry Maxim (Character) - 1989
20% 49% Feds Sperry (Character) $3.5M 1988
40% 45% Murphy's Law Ed Reineke (Character) $9.1M 1986
No Score Yet 40% Sunset Limousine Angel (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Our Family Business Frank (Character) - 1981
89% 79% Norma Rae George Benson (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story Tony Lazzeri (Character) - 1978
20% 23% Moment by Moment Dan Santini (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story Jimmy Karalla (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 14% Who Is Killing the Stuntmen? Alvin Blake (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Future Cop Paterno (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Killer's Delight Sgt. Vince De Carlo (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 14% The Dark Ride Sgt. Vince De Carlo (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Take Benedetto (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cry Rape! Det. Kroger (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 36% I Escaped From Devil's Island Dazzas (Character) - 1973

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Baywatch Nights Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
0% No Score Yet Tequila and Bonetti Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hogan Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet It's a Living Roscoe (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet 93% Magnum, P.I. Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet 99% Knight Rider Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Partners in Crime Captain Caslin (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet 70% The A-Team Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Unknown (Guest Star) 1984 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files Lt. Doug Chapman (Character),
Burt Stryker (Guest Star)
1976-1980 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1979 1976 1973-1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wonder Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Heavens Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show Doug (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1976 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Ivers (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Lloyd Davies (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix John Larkin (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Toby O'Brien (Character) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Sonny Burns (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Interns Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1963-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet East Side/West Side Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Unknown (Guest Star) 1962

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