James Widdoes

Producer, Director, Actor
Tall, blond gawky James Widdoes will forever be remembered as Hoover, the chapter president of "National Lampoon's Animal House" (1977). But, since the late 1980s, he has eschewed acting for a career as a prolific ... Read more »
Born: 11/15/1953 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Director (38)

Mom 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Boston Common 1990 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Brother's Keeper 1990 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Camp Wilder 1990 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Can't Hurry Love 1990 - 1996, 1998 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Clipped 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Daddio 1990 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Davis Rules 1991 - 1995, 1999 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Empty Nest 1990 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Flying Blind 1990 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Getting Personal 1990 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Holding the Baby 1990 - 1996, 1998 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Home Free 1990 - 1996, 1998 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

In the House 1990 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Kristin 1990 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Madigan Men 1990 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Movie Stars 1990 - 2001, 2004 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Muddling Through 1990 - 1996, 1998 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Something So Right 1990 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Talk to Me 1990 - 1996, 1998 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Temporarily Yours 1990 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

The Bill Engvall Show 1990 - 2001, 2004 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

The Crew 1990 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

The Fighting Fitzgeralds 1990 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

The King of Queens 1990 - 2002, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

The Weber Show 1990 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Two and a Half Men 1991 - 1994, 1999 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Uncle Buck 1990 - 1996, 1998 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Wild Oats 1991 - 1995, 1999 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Working 1990 - 2001, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Sullivan & Son 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

'Til Death 2007 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Some of My Best Friends 1991 - 1994, 1999 - 2001, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

The Mike O'Malley Show 1991 - 1994, 1999 - 2000, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Vinnie and Bobby 1991 - 1994, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

According to Jim 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Reba 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

American Pie 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Director
Actor (16)

Dave's World 1990 - 2001, 2004 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Wife and Kids 1990 - 1996, 1998 - 2002, 2006 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Twins 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Behind the Movies: Animal House 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Shadows in the Storm 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Charley's Aunt 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Time of Their Lives 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

AfterMASH 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Back Together 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Charles in Charge 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Park Place 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Delta House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 (Movie)

Robert Hoover (Actor)

Blood Feud (TV Show)

Actor

My Town (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

8 Simple Rules 1990 - 2001, 2004 - 2008, 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

All About the Andersons 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Day With 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Tall, blond gawky James Widdoes will forever be remembered as Hoover, the chapter president of "National Lampoon's Animal House" (1977). But, since the late 1980s, he has eschewed acting for a career as a prolific director and sometimes executive producer of sitcoms. His work in the latter milieu has yielded "Dave's World" (CBS, 1993-1997) and "Can't Hurry Love" (CBS, 1995-96). Widdoes has also directed episodes of such series as "Doctor, Doctor," "Uncle Buck," "Davis Rules," "Boston Common" and "In the House." Partnered with former agent and former ABC programming executive) Jonathan Axelrod in A/W Productions, he has an overall production deal with CBS.

Relationships

Brooks Hendrie

Wife
married December 1979

William Widdoes

Father

Barbara Widdoes

Mother

Charles Widdoes

Son
mother, Brooks Hendrie

Sumner Widdoes

Son
mother, Brooks Hendrie

EDUCATION

School of the Arts, New York University

New York, New York 1976

Milestones

2000

Helmed the pilot for "Kristin", an NBC midseason replacement sitcom

1999

Served as executive producer and director of the sitcom "Movie Stars" (The WB)

1997

Directed pilot for "Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place" (Fox)

1996

Directed "Boston Common" pilot (NBC)

1996

Axelrod/Widdoes signed to long-term development deal with Universal

1993

Formed Axelrod/Widdoes Productions with former agent, Jonathan Axelrod; signed overall deal with CBS; launched "Dave's World" as weekly series

1988

Directed episodes of CBS series "Raising Miranda"

1983

Co-starred in the syndicated miniseries "Blood Feud"

1983

Played title role in PBS production of "Charley's Aunt"

1982

Starred in Off-Broadway musical "Is There Life After High School?"

1980

Was regular on CBS series "Park Place"

1979

Reprised role of Hoover in the short-lived ABC sitcom spin-off "Delta House"

1977

Feature film acting debut as Hoover in "National Lampoon's Animal House"

1977

New York stage debut in Off-Broadway revival of the musical "Wonderful Town"

1974

Made stage debut at the Diners Playhouse in Lexington, KY

Was executive producer of "Can't Hurry Love" (NBC)

Played employer to "Charles in Charge" on first season of series (CBS)

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