James got his start in the world of entertainment in the 80s and 90s while singing and playing bass for various Montreal pop bands. This included performing in several of his own music videos broadcast on Much Music and Musique Plus.
His first professional acting gig was in 2009, when he was cast in the pilot episode of the comedy/drama Mohawk Girls (APTN, OMNI) as a lecherous cafe clerk. He has since appeared in Seasons 1, 3, 4, and 5.
He can be seen playing the lead in the post-credits scene of X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) (20th Century Fox/Marvel) A character known only as Mystery Man, he is the head of an investigative team from a potentially evil corporation that is out to collect some very precious samples.
He appears as U.S. Navy Captain Laurence Safford in HBO Canada's Pearl Harbor: The Accused, a documentary about Admiral Husband Kimmel's fight to clear his name after the historic attack.
He played crime boss Dominic Duran in the independent short film The Punisher: No Mercy, which has gained a combined total of over 550,000 views on two YouTube channels. Not bad for an 18-minute film! He appears in Season 3 of The Bold Type as Zackary Pincher, a fishing magazine publisher. He will also play the part of one of Canada's great historical villains, Duncan Campbell Scott, in the upcoming CBC documentary "Into the Circle of Civilization", to be released in early 2020.
In addition, he has done background roles for crime reenactment shows such as Imposters and Fatal Vows.
His voice acting includes the role of The Guardian in the video game Leap of Fate (Clever-Plays, March, 2016) as well as various voices for Outlast 2 (Red Barrels, April 2017). He plays multiple characters, including Scotland Yard Detective-Sergeant Tobias Gregson in the drama podcast Genius (Waterworks, 2019) a vibrant modern-day Sherlock Holmes story. He also voiced a passage by Marshall McLuhan in the documentary series Extraordinary Canadians ( PMA Productions / CBC, 2017)
In 2004 he produced, co-directed, and performed in the sketch comedy pilot Viewer Discretion alongside members of Montreal's On the Spot comedy improv team.
You can often catch him at the comedy improv nights held at ASM Montreal on Saturday nights.
Height/Weight 6'1" / 170 lbs.
Languages Spoken: English, French
Full ACTRA member
X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (2016 - Twentieth Century Fox/Marvel) - Mystery Man
PEARL HARBOR: THE ACCUSED (2016 - Arrow Media/Handel) - Capt. Laurence Safford
THE BOLD TYPE (SEASON 3) (2018 - FREEFORM) - Actor - Zackary Pincher.
MOHAWK GIRLS (2012 - 2017 - Rezolution Pictures) Principal - Store Clerk.
EXTRAORDINARY CANADIANS (2017 - PMA/CBC) Voice Actor.
THE PUNISHER: NO MERCY - Independent short film. Principal - Dominic Duran.
IMPOSTERS - (Investigation Discovery) Background.
FATAL VOWS - (Investigation Discovery) Background.
VIEWER DISCRETION - sketch comedy pilot. Lead, Supporting.
MUSIC VIDEO - (Much Music, Musique Plus) Lead performer.
LEAP OF FATE - (Clever-Plays) Role of The Guardian for cinematics.
OUTLAST 2 - (Red Barrels) Various voices.
GENIUS - (Waterworks) Detective-Sergeant Tobias Gregson, Professor Atterbury, Mycroft Holmes and others.
JUST FOR LAUGHS - HOWIE MANDEL GALA Supporting performer.
MRS. SCHNEIDER'S SON: BITS OF LENNY BRUCE - multiple roles, based on the monologues of Lenny Bruce. Vanier College Drama Club.
SKETCH KOMBAT - Various live performances, member of the Sketch Kombat theatre troupe. (Mixture of sketch comedy and stage fighting.)
Behaviour (Levels 1, 2 & 3) with Chip Chuipka, Stefanie Buxton. ASM Montreal .
Shakespeare Performance Studies with Joel Miller, Chip Chuipka, ASM Montreal
Scene Camera with Stefanie Buxton, Chip Chuipka, ASM Montreal
Intensive Motion Capture Training with Shawn Baichoo (Assassin’s Creed 2, 3, 4, Outlast 1 & 2, Watchdogs 1 & 2)
Staged Combat – Levels 1 & 2 with Shawn Baichoo
TV and Film Language Dubbing – Syllabes - Holly Gauthier-Frankel, Eleanor Noble, Jennifer Seguin
Laban Movement Analysis with Stefanie Buxton, ASM Montreal
Introduction to Improvisation and Comedy with Shawn Baichoo.
Voice Over Training with Paula J. Davis, (MSOPA)
Vocal (singing) Training with Colin Doroschuk , Jane Kee Ellison.
Character Voices & Dialects (English, Irish, Scottish, Australian, German, French, Jamaican) (see voice demo section on this site) Music: singing, guitar, basic piano, composing.
Basic Martial Arts, Stage Combat.