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James Wainwright

Highest Rated: 80% Joe Kidd (1972)

Lowest Rated: 9% The Survivors (1983)

Birthday: Mar 05, 1938

Birthplace: Danville, Illinois, USA

Armed with a heavy brow, a flinty stare, and years of real-life experience as a marine, James Wainwright specialized in playing merciless, battle-scarred tough guys. After his studies as an art student at the venerable Carnegie University were dashed by a call to service, he wound his way through various odd-jobs and eventually found himself back on an artistic track. This time, however, his sights were set squarely on Hollywood. Once seen only as a rakish presence on austere 1960s TV westerns, he widened his appeal with a lighthearted recurring turn on the spirited adventure series "Daniel Boone," effectively loosening the constraints of typecasting enough to at least garner appearances in other genres. Working his way through the labyrinthine landscape of '70s crime dramas, he landed his first and only lead role as the hard-nosed Lieutenant Frank Dain on the bold, frenzied police thriller "Jigsaw." The series was canceled in its first season, spawning a sequel so rarely seen that copies of it are now sold for four figures. Fortunately, he had better luck as a sturdy support player on the big-screen-in addition to appearing opposite Clint Eastwood in the stately chase movie "Joe Kidd," he memorably portrayed a vicious prison guard in the grueling prison drama "Mean Dog Blues" ('78) and a decked-out survival coach in the madcap Robin Williams lark "The Survivors" ('83). Wainwright retired from show business in 1990 and died of lung cancer 9 years later at the age of 61.

Highest rated movies

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mission Manila Unknown (Character) - 1987
9% 42% The Survivors Wes Huntley (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 29% Warlords of the 21st Century Straker (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mean Dog Blues Sergeant Hubbell Wacker (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 83% A Woman Called Moses Andrew Coleman (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 44% The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover Young Hoover (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bridger Jim Bridger (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Easy Targets Mike Overton (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 31% Killdozer Jules "Dutch" Krasner (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ode to a Dying Love Unknown (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jigsaw Lieutenant Frank Dain (Character) - 1972
80% 54% Joe Kidd Mingo (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man on the Move Lieutenant Frank Dain (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 50% The President's Plane Is Missing Gen. Dunbar (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Once Upon a Dead Man John Patterson (Character) - 1971

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Jonathon Zole (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon & Simon Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet 88% Magnum, P.I. Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond Westworld Simon Quaid (Character) 1980
No Score Yet 56% Incredible Hulk Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet 93% M*A*S*H Colonel Lacy (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Sam Steel (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie Cal Taylor (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Det. Tom Foley (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Roy Starrett (Guest Star) 1974-1975 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Unknown (Character) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kung Fu Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Murray (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sixth Sense Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alias Smith and Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Thomas Chasmin (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Interns Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Valley Days Tim Mulcahy (Character) 1969 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daniel Boone Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Guns of Will Sonnett Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Mark Riker (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Felony Squad Ernie Baker (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Iron Horse Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1967

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