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Also Known As: Jimmy Duval Died:
Born: September 10, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: actor, musician, waiter

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Blank, boyish and brooding, James Duval has been put forward as a symbol of the sometimes amiable anomie of 'Generation X' in a series of ultra low-budget indie features by guerrilla auteur Gregg Araki. Dark, handsome and ethnically indeterminate (an intriguing blend of Vietnamese, French, Italian and Native American), the young actor bears more than a passing resemblance to Keanu Reeves whose laid-back So-Cal delivery style he also shares. Duval's characters have tended to be sympathetic and sensitive if none-too-bright. His collaboration with Araki has encompassed the would-be Godardian gay teen flick "Totally F***ed Up" (1994), the eccentric but relatively upscale (nearly $1 million) "lovers on the run" road movie "The Doom Generation" (1995) and the "anti-'Beverly Hills, 90210'" teen comedy-drama "Nowhere" (1997). Duval has even branched out to appear in the decidedly mainstream sci-fi blockbuster "Independence Day" (1996) but his heart seems to remain independent.

Blank, boyish and brooding, James Duval has been put forward as a symbol of the sometimes amiable anomie of 'Generation X' in a series of ultra low-budget indie features by guerrilla auteur Gregg Araki. Dark, handsome and ethnically indeterminate (an intriguing blend of Vietnamese, French, Italian and Native American), the young actor bears more than a passing resemblance to Keanu Reeves whose laid-back So-Cal delivery style he also shares. Duval's characters have tended to be sympathetic and sensitive if none-too-bright. His collaboration with Araki has encompassed the would-be Godardian gay teen flick "Totally F***ed Up" (1994), the eccentric but relatively upscale (nearly $1 million) "lovers on the run" road movie "The Doom Generation" (1995) and the "anti-'Beverly Hills, 90210'" teen comedy-drama "Nowhere" (1997). Duval has even branched out to appear in the decidedly mainstream sci-fi blockbuster "Independence Day" (1996) but his heart seems to remain independent.

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 American Romance (2014)
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 Dead Sea (2014)
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 Sushi Girl (2013)
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 Cornered! (2011)
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 Toxic (2008)
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 Evilution (2008)
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Raised in California
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Met indie filmmaker Gregg Araki in a Hollywood cafe; hired for a film role
1994:
Acting debut, ensemble member of Araki's "Totally F***ed Up"; first collaboration with writer-director-actor Araki
1995:
Met filmmaker Roland Emmerich while waiting tables at a Southern California restaurant
1996:
First mainstream Hollywood film, Emmerich's "Independence Day"
1999:
Cast in Doug Liman's indie film "Go"
2000:
Appeared opposite Nicolas Cage in "Gone in Sixty Seconds"
2001:
Cast in Richard Kelly's cult film "Donnie Darko"
2006:
Starred as Stoner Steve in the indie comedy "Standing Still"
2006:
Co-starred in the independent film, "Mad Cowgirl"
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Notes

"james duval [andy] was born in detroit and is now residing on your local park bench. He spends his spare time in recordshops, searching for obscure JBC LPs and heart-singin' like a southern Mark Smith." --From Gregg Araki's "personnel bios" for "Totally F***ed Up" (1993).

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companion:
Sarah Lassez. Actor. Featured in "Nowhere".

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