James McDaniel

Highest Rated: 100% Night Comes On (2018)
Lowest Rated: 10% Strictly Business (1991)
Birthday: Mar 25, 1958
Birthplace: Not Available
Born in Washington D.C., actor James McDaniel studied veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania before moving to New York to work in theater, film, and television. His stage credits include Balm in Gilead, A Soldier's Play, and Someone to Watch Over Me. He was also the lead character in both off-Broadway and Broadway productions of John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation. (The role was later played by Will Smith in the 1993 film version.) McDaniel made plenty of TV movies and television guest-star appearances in the '80s, and ended up meeting writer/producer Steven Bochco on shows like L.A. Law, Law & Order, Cop Rock, and Hill Street Blues. When Bochco's NYPD Blue premiered in 1993, McDaniel was cast as Lt. Arthur Fancy. As the man in charge of the 15th Precinct, he earned nominations at the Emmy Awards, Image Awards, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. He was also the only cast member to direct an episode. In the meantime, McDaniel appeared in the feature films Malcolm X, Truth or Consequences, N.M., and several TV movies. When his character was promoted to captain and sent on assignment in another district, McDaniel left NYPD Blue in search of other projects. In 2000, the actor played Nat "King" Cole in the NBC drama Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story, directed by Robert Townsend. Two years later, McDaniel played opposite Angela Bassett in John Sayles' ensemble drama Sunshine State. He also played an army general in Steven Spielberg's overblown miniseries Taken, broadcast on the Sci Fi channel. McDaniel finally earned his first major starring role in the Showtime original movie Edge of America as a black school teacher who coaches a girls basketball team on an Indian Reservation.


Highest Rated Movies



100% Night Comes On Parole Officer 2018
No Score Yet Sacrifice Actor 2014
88% Home Dr. Parker 2013
No Score Yet Sins of the Preacher (aka The Minister's Wife) Wade Thompson 2013
No Score Yet King's Faith Mike $59.8K 2013
No Score Yet You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Kills You Det. Johnson 2012
78% Earthwork Lone Wolf 2011
No Score Yet Hostile Makeover Actor 2009
No Score Yet War Eagle, Arkansas Jack 2009
No Score Yet See You in September Lewis 2009
No Score Yet The Battle for Bunker Hill Salem 2008
No Score Yet Living Hell Colonel Eric Maitland 2008
No Score Yet Butterfly Dreaming Actor 2008
83% Steel City Randall Karns 2007
29% El Cortez Arnie 2006
No Score Yet Edge of America Kenny Williams 2003
80% Sunshine State Reggie Perry $2.9M 2002
No Score Yet Deliberate Intent Lawrence Horn 2000
No Score Yet Out of Time Jack Epson 2000
No Score Yet Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story Nat King Cole 2000
No Score Yet Silencing Mary Harvey Thiel 1998
No Score Yet The Defenders Choice Of Evils Jack Casey 1998
38% Truth or Consequences, N.M. Frank Thompson 1997
No Score Yet Unforgivable Spider 1996
No Score Yet The Road to Galveston Marcus Roosevelt 1996
No Score Yet Scam Daniel Poole 1993
88% Malcolm X Brother Earl 1992
10% Strictly Business Roland Halloran 1991
78% Alice Dorothy's Xmas Party Guest 1990
No Score Yet The Old Man and the Sea Actor 1990
No Score Yet Rocket Gibraltar Policeman 1988


84% NYPD Blue
Director Lt. Arthur Fancy
  • 2019
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
96% The Deuce
  • 2017
No Score Yet Nuits blanches à l'urgence
Julian Cummings Julian
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Night Shift
Julian Cummings Julian
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
77% Sleepy Hollow
Ezra Mills
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
Air Force General Roger Baylis
  • 2015
No Score Yet Hysteria
Carl Sapsi
  • 2014
No Score Yet NCIS: New Orleans
Papa Parks
  • 2014
59% The Following
Agent Phillips
  • 2014
96% The Good Wife
Lou Johnson Det. Lou Johnson
  • 2014
  • 2010
83% Detroit 1-8-7
Sgt. Jesse Longford
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Numb3rs
Phillip Wright
  • 2007
  • 2006
86% Love Monkey
Mr. Cooper Derrick Cooper
  • 2006
No Score Yet Life as We Know It
William Miller
  • 2005
No Score Yet Las Vegas
Brunson Gavin Brunson
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Javier Vega
  • 2004
No Score Yet Stargate SG-1
  • 2004
No Score Yet Steven Spielberg Presents 'Taken'
Gen. Beers
  • 2002
No Score Yet Law & Order
Mikeal Ingrams Ingrams
  • 1991
53% Cop Rock
Off. Franklin Rose
  • 1990
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
  • 1986


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