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James McDaniel

Highest Rated:   91% Malcolm X (1992)
Lowest Rated:   10% Strictly Business (1991)
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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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Sacrifice
  • Actor
2014
88% Home
  • Dr. Parker
2013
No Score Yet King's Faith
  • Mike
$59.8k 2013
No Score Yet You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Kills You
  • Det. Johnson
2012
79% 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
91% Malcolm X
  • Brother Earl
1992
10% Strictly Business
  • Roland Halloran
1991
77% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
92% The Deuce
2017
  • Editor
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Night Shift
2014
  • Julian Cummings Julian
  • 2017
  • 2015
82% Sleepy Hollow
2013
  • Ezra Mills
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
  • Air Force General Roger Baylis
  • 2015
No Score Yet Nuits blanches à l'urgence
2014
  • Julian Cummings
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Hysteria
2014
  • Carl Sapsi
  • 2014
No Score Yet NCIS: New Orleans
2014
  • Papa Parks
  • 2014
55% The Following
2013-2015
  • Agent Phillips
  • 2014
95% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Lou Johnson Det. Lou Johnson
  • 2014
  • 2010
83% Detroit 1-8-7
2010-2011
  • Sgt. Jesse Longford
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Phillip Wright
  • 2007
No Score Yet Life as We Know It
2004-2005
  • William Miller
  • 2005
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Javier Vega
  • 2004
No Score Yet NYPD Blue
1993-2005
  • Director
  • Lt. Arthur Fancy
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Mikeal Ingrams Ingrams
  • 1991

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