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      Stephan James

      Stephan James

      Highest Rated: 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

      Lowest Rated: 20% When the Game Stands Tall (2014)

      Birthday: Dec 16, 1993

      Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Stephan James was a Candian actor who made a name for himself playing some of the most important African Americans in history, before landing a breakout role in an Oscar winning director's adaptation of a James Baldwin novel. Born on December 16, 1993 in Toronto, Ontario, CA, to a family of Jamaican immigrants, James was raised in the Scarborough neighborhood of Toronto. Like many young Canadian thespians, James got his start in the business via "Degrassi: The Next Generation" (CTV, 2001-2015). James played Julian Williams on the show from 2010 until 2012. Once the series ended, James made his film debut, playing a Jamaican immigrant in the indie drama "Home Again" (2012). The film was a surprise hit in Canada, and earned James a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Performance by and Actor in a Supporting Role. His next big role came when he played civil rights activist John Lewis in Ava DuVernay's Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic "Selma" (2014). After taking on roles in "Lost After Dark" (2015) and "Across the Line" (2015), James stepped into the role of Olympic champion Jesse Owens in "Race" (2016), after original star John Boyega was forced to drop out. The film was a moderate success, and proved to be the first time James earned palpable attention outside of his home country. He was once again nominated for a Canadian Screen Award, this time for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, and this time he took home the prize. Hot off of this success, James caught the eye of writer/director Barry Jenkins, who was himself hot off of the success of his Oscar winning sophomore feature "Moonlight" (2016). Jenkins decided to cast James as the co-lead, alongside KiKi Layne, of his next film, "If Beale Street Could Talk" (2018). Based on a 1974 novel by James Baldwin, James played Alonzo "Fonny" Hunt, a short order cook in Harlem whose love affair with Layne's Clementine "Tish" Rivers is threatened when Fonny is jailed for a rape that he did not commit, and Tish is forced to prove his innocence. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September of 2018, earning rapturous reviews and quickly becoming an Oscar contender. That same year, James also co-starred with Julia Roberts on the sci-fi drama series "Homecoming" (Amazon, 2018-).

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      If Beale Street Could Talk poster If Beale Street Could Talk Across the Line poster
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      When the Game Stands Tall




      31% 83% Delia's Gone Louis (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2022
      66% 79% National Champions LeMarcus James (Character) $455.5K 2021
      54% 91% 21 Bridges Michael (Character) $28.5M 2019
      95% 71% If Beale Street Could Talk Alonzo "Fonny" Hunt (Character) $14.9M 2018
      63% 77% Race Jesse Owens (Character) $19.1M 2016
      83% 47% Across the Line Mattie Slaughter (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 62% Apple Mortgage Cake William (Character) - 2014
      20% 72% When the Game Stands Tall T.K. Kelly (Character) $30.1M 2014
      25% 39% Perfect Sisters Donny (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Railpath Hero Damon Bishop (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 51% 12 Dates of Christmas Michael (Character) - 2011


      44% 45% Surface Baden (Character) 2022
      79% 64% Homecoming Walter Cruz (Character) 2018 2020
      100% 100% #FreeRayshawn Rayshawn (Character) 2020
      No Score Yet 24% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 59% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2018
      84% 95% Shots Fired Preston Terry (Character) 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 100% Cracked Unknown (Guest Star) 2013