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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. Born in St Louis, Byrnes went to Canada during the Vietnam era. Following his accident, he formed the blues group, The Jim Byrnes Band, began playing dates throughout Canada. He broke into the US TV market in 1987 acting in and singing a song he had written for the NBC miniseries "Hands of a Stranger". "Wiseguy", filmed in Vancouver, Canada, premiered later that year. In addition to acting, Byrnes has also done voices for the animated series "Dragon Warrior" (syndicated, 1990) and "Megaman" (syndicated, 1996), appeared in the short-lived syndicated series "Neon Rider" (1990) and performed blues songs on an episode of the HBO series "The Hitchhiker"....

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.

Born in St Louis, Byrnes went to Canada during the Vietnam era. Following his accident, he formed the blues group, The Jim Byrnes Band, began playing dates throughout Canada. He broke into the US TV market in 1987 acting in and singing a song he had written for the NBC miniseries "Hands of a Stranger". "Wiseguy", filmed in Vancouver, Canada, premiered later that year. In addition to acting, Byrnes has also done voices for the animated series "Dragon Warrior" (syndicated, 1990) and "Megaman" (syndicated, 1996), appeared in the short-lived syndicated series "Neon Rider" (1990) and performed blues songs on an episode of the HBO series "The Hitchhiker". Byrnes has co-starred in numerous TV movies, beginning with "The Red Spider" (CBS, 1988). He had strong moment playing a war veteran in the award-winning "Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story" (NBC, 1995) and reprised the role of Lifeguard for a "Wiseguy" reunion movie on ABC in 1996.

Byrnes' feature film work has been limited, although he earned good notices as a musician in "Harmony Cats" (1994) and is also recalled as a police lieutenant in "Under the Gun" (1995).

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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.
 Highlander: Endgame (2000) Dawson
6.
 Becoming Dick (2000) Bartender
7.
 NASCAR Racers: The Movie (1999) Voice
8.
 Drive, She Said (1999) Dr Glen Green
9.
 Final Descent (1997) Duke
10.
 Starlight (1996) Rod
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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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