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Also Known As: Jamie Widdoes Died:
Born: November 15, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: producer, director, actor

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Tall, blond gawky James Widdoes will forever be remembered as Hoover, the chapter president of "National Lampoon's Animal House" (1977). But, since the late 1980s, he has eschewed acting for a career as a prolific director and sometimes executive producer of sitcoms. His work in the latter milieu has yielded "Dave's World" (CBS, 1993-1997) and "Can't Hurry Love" (CBS, 1995-96). Widdoes has also directed episodes of such series as "Doctor, Doctor", "Uncle Buck", "Davis Rules", "Boston Common" and "In the House". Partnered with former agent and former ABC programming executive) Jonathan Axelrod in A/W Productions, he has an overall production deal with CBS.An energetic, easily likable performer, Widdoes began acting professionally while still in college in a production of "The New Amen Show" at the Diners Playhouse in Lexington, KY in 1974. He made his mark on the New York stage in musicals like the 1977 Equity Library Theatre revival of "Wonderful Town" and the 1982 Off-Broadway show "Is There Life After High School?", for which he earned a Theatre World Award. Following the success of "Animal House", he reprised the character of Hoover on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Delta House" (1979). Widdoes...

Tall, blond gawky James Widdoes will forever be remembered as Hoover, the chapter president of "National Lampoon's Animal House" (1977). But, since the late 1980s, he has eschewed acting for a career as a prolific director and sometimes executive producer of sitcoms. His work in the latter milieu has yielded "Dave's World" (CBS, 1993-1997) and "Can't Hurry Love" (CBS, 1995-96). Widdoes has also directed episodes of such series as "Doctor, Doctor", "Uncle Buck", "Davis Rules", "Boston Common" and "In the House". Partnered with former agent and former ABC programming executive) Jonathan Axelrod in A/W Productions, he has an overall production deal with CBS.

An energetic, easily likable performer, Widdoes began acting professionally while still in college in a production of "The New Amen Show" at the Diners Playhouse in Lexington, KY in 1974. He made his mark on the New York stage in musicals like the 1977 Equity Library Theatre revival of "Wonderful Town" and the 1982 Off-Broadway show "Is There Life After High School?", for which he earned a Theatre World Award. Following the success of "Animal House", he reprised the character of Hoover on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Delta House" (1979). Widdoes segued into the CBS series "Park Place" (1980), as an inexperienced lawyer, and later was seen as the father of a brood of three who hires Scott Baio as their caretaker in the first and only network season of "Charles in Charge" (CBS, 1984).

After the failure of "Charles", Widdoes moved behind the camera, helming episodes of "Raising Miranda" (CBS) in 1988, and "Just the Ten of Us" (ABC) in 1989. He was given a collection of Dave Barry's columns early in the 90s and decided there could be a series in them. He wrote to Barry and using the Hoover connection from "Animal House" the two struck up a dialogue, which led to "Dave's World".

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  American Pie (1997) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) Robert Hoover
4.
 Behind the Movies: Animal House (2001) Interviewee
5.
 Time of Their Lives, The (1987) Brian Tucker
6.
 My Town (1986) Hal Fisher
7.
 Back Together (1984) Elliot Harrington
8.
 Charley's Aunt (1983) Charley Wykham
9.
 Blood Feud (1983) Dave Thatcher
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1974:
Made stage debut at the Diners Playhouse in Lexington, KY
1977:
New York stage debut in Off-Broadway revival of the musical "Wonderful Town"
1977:
Feature film acting debut as Hoover in "National Lampoon's Animal House"
1979:
Reprised role of Hoover in the short-lived ABC sitcom spin-off "Delta House"
1980:
Was regular on CBS series "Park Place"
1982:
Starred in Off-Broadway musical "Is There Life After High School?"
1983:
Played title role in PBS production of "Charley's Aunt"
1983:
Co-starred in the syndicated miniseries "Blood Feud"
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Played employer to "Charles in Charge" on first season of series (CBS)
1988:
Directed episodes of CBS series "Raising Miranda"
1993:
Formed Axelrod/Widdoes Productions with former agent, Jonathan Axelrod; signed overall deal with CBS; launched "Dave's World" as weekly series
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Was executive producer of "Can't Hurry Love" (NBC)
1996:
Axelrod/Widdoes signed to long-term development deal with Universal
1996:
Directed "Boston Common" pilot (NBC)
1997:
Directed pilot for "Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place" (Fox)
1999:
Served as executive producer and director of the sitcom "Movie Stars" (The WB)
2000:
Helmed the pilot for "Kristin", an NBC midseason replacement sitcom
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Education

School of the Arts, New York University: New York , New York - 1976

Notes

On why he turned to directing after acting in the series "Charles in Charge": "I felt I had done it all. The only thing I wasn't was famous. Then one day I realized I didn't want to be famous . . . and I was getting to the point where I didn't like actors--which was myself." --James Widdoes in VARIETY, September 4, 1994

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wife:
Brooks Hendrie. Retailer. Married December 1979.
wife:
Brooks Hendrie. Fireman.

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father:
William Pierce Widdoes. Divorced; mother of Williams' oldest two daughters.
father:
William Pierce Widdoes. Real estate agent.
mother:
Barbara Widdoes. Arts administrator.
mother:
Barbara Widdoes. Has one.
son:
Charles Landauer Widdoes. Nurse's aide.
son:
Sumner Dickinson Widdoes. Has two daughters by his first wife.
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