James Naughton


Actor

About

Birth Place
Middletown, Connecticut, USA
Born
December 06, 1945

Biography

An engaging, boyish actor who has excelled onstage though his career has also taken him into films and TV. James Naughton graduated from Yale's drama school in 1970 and began making his mark in the stage production "Olympian Games" (1970) and with an award-winning turn as Edmund Tyrone in "Long Day's Journey Into Night." By the time he reached Broadway in 1977 with Cy Coleman's "I Love M...

Family & Companions

Pamela Naughton
Wife
Married in October 1968.

Biography

An engaging, boyish actor who has excelled onstage though his career has also taken him into films and TV. James Naughton graduated from Yale's drama school in 1970 and began making his mark in the stage production "Olympian Games" (1970) and with an award-winning turn as Edmund Tyrone in "Long Day's Journey Into Night." By the time he reached Broadway in 1977 with Cy Coleman's "I Love My Wife," he had already gotten a start in films and TV.

Naughton has appeared in an impressive number of failed series, beginning as Detective Dan Dailey's son on "Faraday and Company" (NBC, 1974). From there, Naughton went on to play an astronaut on "Planet of the Apes" (CBS, 1974), a teacher on "Making the Grade" (CBS, 1982), a hospital director on "Trauma Center" (ABC, 1983) and a teen's dad on "Raising Miranda" (CBS, 1988). His only series successes have been as a recurring guest: as Judith Light's ex-husband on ABC's "Who's the Boss?" (1984-1987), and on NBC's "The Cosby Mysteries" (1994-1995).

His ventures into TV-movies have been more successful, beginning with a featured role in "F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Last of the Belles" (ABC, 1974). Naughton has lent his attractive, solid presence to dramas in roles like a US soldier in "The Bunker" (CBS, 1981), a doctor in the Vanessa Redgrave vehicle "My Body, My Child" (ABC, 1982), a mobster in "Necessity" (CBS, 1988), a menaced local in "The Birds II: Land's End" (Showtime, 1994) and as Sharon Gless' new husband in two "Cagney and Lacey" reunions on CBS (1994 and 1995).

His younger brother David's feature career got a jump-start with "An American Werewolf in London" (1981), Naughton's has been relegated to small roles in films like "The Paper Chase" (1972), "The Good Mother" (1988) and "First Kid" (1996), as the president. His two best roles have been as the bumptious Gentleman Caller in Paul Newman's 1987 screen version of "The Glass Menagerie" and as Stockard Channing's smarmy husband in "The First Wives' Club" (1996).

But while Naughton seems to shine as reliable husbands, dads and professionals on TV and in films, the stage has given him his best roles. He first hit Broadway with a co-starring part in Cy Coleman's mate-swapping comedy "I Love My Wife" (1977). Playing opposite Joanna Gleason, Naughton displayed charm and a surprisingly strong vocal technique. After co-starring with Mary Tyler Moore in "Whose Life Is It, Anyway?" (1980), he had his next stage hit with another Coleman musical, the superior "City of Angels" (1989-1990). Playing a hard-bitten detective in the Sam Spade mode, Naughton earned critical praise and a Tony as Best Actor in a Musical. He returned to Broadway in 1996 alongside Ann Reinking and Bebe Neuwirth in the revival of Kander and Ebb's "Chicago," in which he was a shady lawyer using showbiz techniques to "razzle dazzle" the jury.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Equity (2016)
The Word (2014)
Suburban Girl (2007)
The Truth About Jane (2006)
Robert
Factory Girl (2006)
FASCINATION (2005)
Cast
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 20th Anniversary Special (2002)
Narrator
Labor Pains (1999)
First Kid (1996)
President Davenport
Kioku-ga Ushinawareta-toki (1996)
Narrator
The First Wives Club (1996)
Mixed Blessings (1995)
Cagney & Lacey: Together Again (1995)
Cagney & Lacey: The Return (1994)
James Burton
The Cosby Mysteries (1994)
Adam Sully
The Birds II: Land's End (1994)
Frank Irving
Necessity (1988)
The Good Mother (1988)
Brian Dunlap
The Glass Menagerie (1987)
Gentleman Caller--Jim O'Connor
Sin Of Innocence (1986)
Stephen King's Cat's Eye (1985)
Between Darkness and Dawn (1985)
Joel Parrish
Last of the Great Survivors (1984)
Parole (1982)
Andy Driscoll
My Body, My Child (1982)
Dr Dan Berenson
The Bunker (1981)
A Stranger Is Watching (1981)
Steve Paterson
Second Wind (1976)
Roeger
The First 36 Hours of Dr. Durant (1975)
Dr Baxter
F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Last of the Belles (1974)
The Paper Chase (1973)

Director (Special)

Our Town (2003)
Director

Cast (Special)

Whassup in Advertising: America's Favorite TV Commercials (2002)
Narrator
The Lullaby of Broadway: Opening Night on 42nd Street (2001)
Narration
NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT (2000)
Springs Eternal: Florida's Fountain of Youth (2000)
Narrator
The Singer and the Song: In Performance at the White House (1999)
The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann (1999)
Narration
The Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti (1998)
Host
53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala (1997)
The 51st Annual Tony Awards (1997)
Performer
The 50th Annual Tony Awards (1996)
Performer
Couples (1994)
The 45th Annual Tony Awards (1991)
Performer
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1990)
Performer
Travelling Man (1987)
The Adventures of Con Sawyer and Hucklemary Finn (1985)

Music (Special)

NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT (2000)
Song Performer
The Singer and the Song: In Performance at the White House (1999)
Song Performer

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Oxygen (1999)

Life Events

1970

Professional stage debut in "Olympian Games" (East Hampton, New York)

1971

New York stage debut as Edmund Tyrone in "Long Day's Journey Into Night"

1972

TV debut in "Look Homeward, Angel"

1973

TV series debut in "Faraday and Company" (NBC)

1973

Film debut in "The Paper Chase"

1974

TV movie debut in "F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Last of the Belles" (ABC)

1977

Broadway debut, in "I Love My Wife"

1980

Co-starred with Mary Tyler Moore in revised version of "Whose Life Is It, Anyway?"

1984

Had recurring guest role on sitcom "Who's the Boss?" (ABC) as the ex-husband of Angela Bower (Judith Light)

1995

Played featured role opposite son Greg in Off-Broadway revival of "Golden Boy" directed by Joanne Woodward

1996

Co-starred in revival of "Chicago" on Broadway; received second Tony Award

1997

Directed "Filumena" at the Blue Light Theatre in NYC

1999

Returned to acting in the Off-Broadway play "Y2K" by Arthur Kopit

1999

Had recurring role as the father of "Ally McBeal" on that Fox series

1999

Staged Arthur Miller's "The Price" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; production transferred to Broadway in late October

1999

Headlined the one-man show "James Naughton: Street of Dreams", a cabaret show-cum-theater piece staged Off-Broadway by Mike Nichols

2000

Starred opposite Bette Midler in the pilot for the CBS fall sitcom "Bette"; replaced by actor Kevin Dunn when series' production was shifted from NYC to L.A.

2002

Staged "Our Town" at the Westport Country Playhouse in summer

2004

Returned to broadway in Michael Frayn's "Democracy"

Family

Joseph Naughton
Father
Teacher.
Rosemary Naughton
Mother
Teacher.
David Naughton
Brother
Actor. Born on February 13, 1951.
Gregory J Naughton
Son
Actor. Born on June 1, 1968; appeared onstage with father in production of "Golden Boy" directed by Joanne Woodward.
Keira Naughton
Daughter
Actor. Born in June c. 1971.

Companions

Pamela Naughton
Wife
Married in October 1968.

Bibliography