James Luisi

James Luisi, known for his tough guy roles, was a guard for the Baltimore Bullets in the 1950s before becoming a stage and screen actor. Luisi left the basketball court to study acting at the American Academy of ... Read more »
Born: 11/11/1928

Filmography

Actor (36)

Wanted 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Feds 1988 (Movie)

Sperry (Actor)

Lethal Woman 1988 (Movie)

Colonel Maxim (Actor)

Murphy's Law 1986 (Movie)

Ed Reineke (Actor)

Star 80 1983 (Movie)

Roy (Actor)

The Renegades 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Beyond Witch Mountain 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Fade to Black 1980 (Movie)

Gallagher (Actor)

The Rockford Files 1974 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Harris and Company 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Norma Rae 1979 (Movie)

George Benson (Actor)

Moment By Moment 1978 (Movie)

Dan Santini (Actor)

Killer's Delight 1977 (Movie)

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Stunts 1977 (Movie)

Alvin Blake (Actor)

The Cabot Connection 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Don't Call Us 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Future Cop 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Honky Tonk 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Police Story 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Take 1973 (Movie)

Benedetto (Actor)

Ben 1972 (Movie)

Ed (Actor)

The Tiger Makes Out 1967 (Movie)

Pete Copolla (Actor)

Contract on Cherry Street (TV Show)

Actor

Cry Rape! (TV Show)

Actor

Love Is Not Enough (TV Show)

Actor

Our Family Business (TV Show)

Actor

Sunset Limousine (TV Show)

Actor

The Asphalt Cowboy (TV Show)

Actor

The Red-Light Sting (TV Show)

Actor

The Renegades (TV Show)

Actor

The Sophisticated Gents (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

James Luisi, known for his tough guy roles, was a guard for the Baltimore Bullets in the 1950s before becoming a stage and screen actor. Luisi left the basketball court to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and he began winning parts in musical theater productions, including the Bob Fosse-directed "Sweet Charity" in 1966. After working on many television shows, Luisi won his most famous role, as Lt. Doug Chapman on the classic James Garner adventure series "The Rockford Files". Luisi would play Lt. Chapman for four seasons, from 1976 to the end of the series in 1980. Fosse cast Luisi in 1983 in the impressive, despairing biopic "Star 80", which was Fosse's last movie. Luisi was mainly restricted to action on television, but he did win some acclaim, and a Daytime Emmy Award, for his portrayal of George Washington in a 1975 special called "First Ladies Diaries: Martha Washington". Luisi worked on daytime soap operas like "Santa Barbara", but he also made an impression in the Sally Field union drama, "Norma Rae". After some undistinguished television work in the 1980s, Luisi returned to his most famous part in a "Rockford Files" TV movie, "The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play" in 1996, and then had just one more credit before his death from cancer in 2002.

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