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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
53% 91% 21 Bridges Michael (Character) $28.5M 2019
95% 71% If Beale Street Could Talk Alonzo "Fonny" Hunt (Character) $14.9M 2018
62% 77% Race Jesse Owens (Character) $19.1M 2016
83% 44% Across the Line Mattie Slaughter (Character) - 2015
20% 72% When the Game Stands Tall T.K. Kelly (Character) $30.1M 2014
25% 39% Perfect Sisters Donny (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 43% Apple Mortgage Cake William (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Railpath Hero Damon Bishop (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 52% 12 Dates of Christmas Michael (Character) - 2011

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2019-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kickin' It: With Byron Allen Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Studios.TV Guest 2019-2020 2016
78% 67% Homecoming Walter Cruz (Character) 2020 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet #FreeRayshawn Rayshawn (Character) 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Extra Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Make it to the Moon Narrator 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet q Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2019
No Score Yet 26% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2018
84% 95% Shots Fired Preston Terry (Character) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Meredith Vieira Show Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Live Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Social Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cracked Unknown (Guest Star) 2013

QUOTES FROM Stephan James CHARACTERS

Jesse Owens says: Nothing matters. Not color, not money, not even hate.

Jesse Owens says: Out there there ain't no black or white, just fast or slow.

Jesse Owens says: I got people lookin' at me for an example.

Jesse Owens says: You got a problem coach? Want me to do it again?