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Also Known As: Died:
Born: August 5, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, comedian, juggler

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A TV leading man of the too-handsome variety, James Wilder has been successfully able to play villainous slimebuckets as well as the expected suave professionals and over-ambitious tools of the establishment. The brown-haired, pouty-lipped actor first won attention playing the ambitious Christopher Searls, who dreamed of one day becoming the District Attorney, in the acclaimed but short-lived legal drama "Equal Justice" (ABC, 1990). Wilder later went on to earn bigger ratings as Reed, the drug-dealing seducer of Jo Reynolds (Daphne Zuniga) on "Melrose Place" (Fox) in the spring of 1994.

A TV leading man of the too-handsome variety, James Wilder has been successfully able to play villainous slimebuckets as well as the expected suave professionals and over-ambitious tools of the establishment. The brown-haired, pouty-lipped actor first won attention playing the ambitious Christopher Searls, who dreamed of one day becoming the District Attorney, in the acclaimed but short-lived legal drama "Equal Justice" (ABC, 1990). Wilder later went on to earn bigger ratings as Reed, the drug-dealing seducer of Jo Reynolds (Daphne Zuniga) on "Melrose Place" (Fox) in the spring of 1994.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Man of the Year (2003) Vaughn
3.
 Face Value (2002)
4.
 Touched by a Killer (2001) Tyler Nash
5.
 Ivory Tower, The (2000) Jarvis Cone
6.
 Nevada (1997) Rip
7.
 Allie & Me (1997) Rodney Alexander
8.
 Our Mother's Murder (1997) Scott Douglas
9.
 Face to Die For, A (1996) Alec Dalton
10.
 To Love, Honor and Deceive (1996) Jim Sanders
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Raised in San Francisco and Sausalito, CA
1976:
At age 13 was booked at comedy clubs and then Parisian nightclubs doing comedy act (date approximate)
1980:
Was juggler on streets of San Francisco and as opening act for the rock groups, B-52s and Dead Kennedys
1987:
Had first lead in TV-movie with "Cracked Up" (ABC)
1987:
Feature film debut, "Zombie High"
1990:
Had first regular series role as an ambitious lawyer in "Equal Justice" (ABC)
1991:
Featured on the Arts & Entertainment Network (A&E) documentary "Naked Hollywood"
1993:
Was regular on the short-lived revival of "Route 66" (NBC)
1994:
Played recurring role of Reed, a villainous drug dealer, on the Fox primetime soap "Melrose Place"
1994:
Was regular on "Models, Inc." (Fox)
1994:
Played co-conspirator Jeff Gilooly in "Tonya and Nancy: The Inside Story" (NBC)
1997:
Had role of an abusive husband in "Our Mother's Murder" (USA Network)
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Education

Actors Studio: New York , New York -

Notes

Wilder built his own gothic home in the Hollywood Hills. As he told ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, April 29, 1994: "Building is a release for me. I don't get invited to a lot of things. The only parties I go to are the ones I throw. I thought this town was dead. Jeez. Maybe it's me."

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companion:
Kirstie Alley. Actor. Announced engagement in October 1997.

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