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Born: December 6, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Middletown, Connecticut, USA Profession: actor, director

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An engaging, boyish actor who has excelled onstage though his career has also taken him into films and TV. James Naughton graduated from Yale's drama school in 1970 and began making his mark in the stage production "Olympian Games" (1970) and with an award-winning turn as Edmund Tyrone in "Long Day's Journey Into Night". By the time he reached Broadway in 1977 with Cy Coleman's "I Love My Wife", he had already gotten a start in films and TV.Naughton has appeared in an impressive number of failed series, beginning as Detective Dan Dailey's son on "Faraday and Company" (NBC, 1974). From there, Naughton went on to play an astronaut on "Planet of the Apes" (CBS, 1974), a teacher on "Making the Grade" (CBS, 1982), a hospital director on "Trauma Center" (ABC, 1983) and a teen's dad on "Raising Miranda" (CBS, 1988). His only series successes have been as a recurring guest: as Judith Light's ex-husband on ABC's "Who's the Boss?" (1984-1987), and on NBC's "The Cosby Mysteries" (1994-1995).His ventures into TV-movies have been more successful, beginning with a featured role in "F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Last of the Belles" (ABC, 1974). Naughton has lent his attractive, solid presence to dramas in roles like...

An engaging, boyish actor who has excelled onstage though his career has also taken him into films and TV. James Naughton graduated from Yale's drama school in 1970 and began making his mark in the stage production "Olympian Games" (1970) and with an award-winning turn as Edmund Tyrone in "Long Day's Journey Into Night". By the time he reached Broadway in 1977 with Cy Coleman's "I Love My Wife", he had already gotten a start in films and TV.

Naughton has appeared in an impressive number of failed series, beginning as Detective Dan Dailey's son on "Faraday and Company" (NBC, 1974). From there, Naughton went on to play an astronaut on "Planet of the Apes" (CBS, 1974), a teacher on "Making the Grade" (CBS, 1982), a hospital director on "Trauma Center" (ABC, 1983) and a teen's dad on "Raising Miranda" (CBS, 1988). His only series successes have been as a recurring guest: as Judith Light's ex-husband on ABC's "Who's the Boss?" (1984-1987), and on NBC's "The Cosby Mysteries" (1994-1995).

His ventures into TV-movies have been more successful, beginning with a featured role in "F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Last of the Belles" (ABC, 1974). Naughton has lent his attractive, solid presence to dramas in roles like a US soldier in "The Bunker" (CBS, 1981), a doctor in the Vanessa Redgrave vehicle "My Body, My Child" (ABC, 1982), a mobster in "Necessity" (CBS, 1988), a menaced local in "The Birds II: Land's End" (Showtime, 1994) and as Sharon Gless' new husband in two "Cagney and Lacey" reunions on CBS (1994 and 1995).

His younger brother David's feature career got a jump-start with "An American Werewolf in London" (1981), Naughton's has been relegated to small roles in films like "The Paper Chase" (1972), "The Good Mother" (1988) and "First Kid" (1996), as the president. His two best roles have been as the bumptious Gentleman Caller in Paul Newman's 1987 screen version of "The Glass Menagerie" and as Stockard Channing's smarmy husband in "The First Wives' Club" (1996).

But while Naughton seems to shine as reliable husbands, dads and professionals on TV and in films, the stage has given him his best roles. He first hit Broadway with a co-starring part in Cy Coleman's mate-swapping comedy "I Love My Wife" (1977). Playing opposite Joanna Gleason, Naughton displayed charm and a surprisingly strong vocal technique. After co-starring with Mary Tyler Moore in "Whose Life Is It, Anyway?" (1980), he had his next stage hit with another Coleman musical, the superior "City of Angels" (1989-1990). Playing a hard-bitten detective in the Sam Spade mode, Naughton earned critical praise and a Tony as Best Actor in a Musical. He returned to Broadway in 1996 alongside Ann Reinking and Bebe Neuwirth in the revival of Kander and Ebb's "Chicago", in which he was a shady lawyer using showbiz techniques to "razzle dazzle" the jury.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Our Town (2003) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Suburban Girl (2007)
2.
 Factory Girl (2006)
3.
 FASCINATION (2005) Cast
5.
 Truth About Jane, The (2000) Robert
6.
 Labor Pains (1999)
7.
 Kioku-ga Ushinawareta-toki (1996) Narrator
8.
 First Wives Club, The (1996) Gil Griffin
9.
 First Kid (1996) President Davenport
10.
 Cagney & Lacey: Together Again (1995) James Burton
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1970:
Professional stage debut in "Olympian Games" (East Hampton, New York)
1971:
New York stage debut as Edmund Tyrone in "Long Day's Journey Into Night"
1972:
TV debut in "Look Homeward, Angel"
1973:
Film debut in "The Paper Chase"
1973:
TV series debut in "Faraday and Company" (NBC)
1974:
TV movie debut in "F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Last of the Belles" (ABC)
1977:
Broadway debut, in "I Love My Wife"
1980:
Co-starred with Mary Tyler Moore in revised version of "Whose Life Is It, Anyway?"
1984:
Had recurring guest role on sitcom "Who's the Boss?" (ABC) as the ex-husband of Angela Bower (Judith Light)
:
Had Broadway success in the Cy Coleman musical "City of Angels"; won Tony Award
:
Had recurring role of Patrick Monahan in the CBS sitcom "Brooklyn Bridge"
1995:
Played featured role opposite son Greg in Off-Broadway revival of "Golden Boy" directed by Joanne Woodward
1996:
Co-starred in revival of "Chicago" on Broadway; received second Tony Award
1997:
Directed "Filumena" at the Blue Light Theatre in NYC
1999:
Headlined the one-man show "James Naughton: Street of Dreams", a cabaret show-cum-theater piece staged Off-Broadway by Mike Nichols
1999:
Staged Arthur Miller's "The Price" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; production transferred to Broadway in late October
1999:
Had recurring role as the father of "Ally McBeal" on that Fox series
1999:
Returned to acting in the Off-Broadway play "Y2K" by Arthur Kopit
2000:
Starred opposite Bette Midler in the pilot for the CBS fall sitcom "Bette"; replaced by actor Kevin Dunn when series' production was shifted from NYC to L.A.
2002:
Staged "Our Town" at the Westport Country Playhouse in summer
2004:
Returned to broadway in Michael Frayn's "Democracy"
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Education

Brown University: Providence , Rhode Island - 1967
School of Drama, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1970

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wife:
Pamela Naughton. Married in October 1968.

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father:
Joseph Naughton. Teacher.
mother:
Rosemary Naughton. Teacher.
brother:
David Naughton. Actor. Born on February 13, 1951.
son:
Gregory J Naughton. Actor. Born on June 1, 1968; appeared onstage with father in production of "Golden Boy" directed by Joanne Woodward.
daughter:
Keira Naughton. Actor. Born in June c. 1971.
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