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Also Known As: James Thomas Kevin Byrnes Died:
Born: September 22, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: St Louis, Missouri, USA Profession: actor, blues musician, singer, shepherd, fisherman

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An American-born actor long in Canada, Jim Byrnes is best known for playing 'Lifeguard', the communications expert and link to the "organization" on the CBS series "Wiseguy" (1987-1990), and as Joe Dawson, one of The Mortals tracking The Immortals on "Highlander" (syndicated, from 1993-98). A handsome man, often bearded, Byrnes lost both his legs when, while helping push a stalled truck on a highway, he was hit from behind by a car. After recuperating, he pursued work as a musician, which also led to the acting career for which he had once trained.

An American-born actor long in Canada, Jim Byrnes is best known for playing 'Lifeguard', the communications expert and link to the "organization" on the CBS series "Wiseguy" (1987-1990), and as Joe Dawson, one of The Mortals tracking The Immortals on "Highlander" (syndicated, from 1993-98). A handsome man, often bearded, Byrnes lost both his legs when, while helping push a stalled truck on a highway, he was hit from behind by a car. After recuperating, he pursued work as a musician, which also led to the acting career for which he had once trained.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Deck the Halls (2011)
3.
 Don't Cry Now (2007)
4.
 My Boss's Daughter (2002) George
5.
 Becoming Dick (2000) Bartender
6.
 Highlander: Endgame (2000) Dawson
7.
 NASCAR Racers: The Movie (1999) Voice
8.
 Drive, She Said (1997) Dr Glen Green
9.
 Final Descent (1997) Duke
10.
 Bloodhounds II (1996) Lieutenant Mcmahon
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Milestones close milestones

1964:
Began acting at age 15 in Shakespeare in the Park productions in St Louis, MO (date approximate)
:
Studied for the priesthood for a period
1969:
Moved to Toronto, Canada
1971:
Relocated to Vancouver, Canada
1972:
Lost both legs in highway accident (February 26)
:
Returned to St Louis for physical therapy after his accident
1978:
Moved back to Canada
1981:
Formed blues band, The Jim Byrnes Band, which played in Canada
1987:
Co-starred in the NBC miniseries "Hands of a Stranger" miniseries
1987:
Played 'Lifeguard' on "Wiseguy" (CBS)
1988:
TV-movie debut in "The Red Spider" (CBS)
1990:
Did voice for the syndicated "Dragon Warriors"
1990:
Was regular on the short-lived syndicated series "Neon Rider"
1993:
Had featured role as a musician in the Canadian film "Harmony Cats"
:
Played Joe Dawson on "Highlander: The Series" (syndicated)
1995:
Released album, "That River"
1996:
Reprised role of 'Lifeguard' in the ABC TV-movie "Wiseguy"
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Education

School of Fine Arts, Boston University: Boston , Massachusetts -
St Louis University: St Louis , Missouri -

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companion:
Annette. Mother of daughter Serene.
companion:
Annette. Survived him.
companion:
Robyn Post. Mother of Caitlin Byrnes.
companion:
Robyn Post. Had one; survived him.
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daughter:
Serene. From relationship with former companion Annette.
daughter:
Serene. First husband; divorced.
daughter:
Caitlin Byrnes. From relationship with Robyn Post; born c. 1988.
daughter:
Caitlin Byrnes. Had a sister.
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