Jim Byrnes

Actor, Singer, Blues musician
An American-born actor long in Canada, Jim Byrnes is best known for playing 'Lifeguard', the communications expert and link to the "organization" on the CBS series "Wiseguy" (1987-1990), and as Joe Dawson, one of The ... Read more »
Born: 09/22/1948 in St Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (48)

Killing Bigfoot 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Narrator

Strange Empire: Rise of the Women 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

War of the Worlds: Goliath 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

Deck the Halls 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

V 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Highlander: The Source 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Don't Cry Now 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Stargate SG-1 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Boss's Daughter 2003 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Alienators: Evolution Continues 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Mysterious Ways 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

NASCAR Racers 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Beast Wars 1996 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Higher Ground 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Highlander: Endgame 2000 (Movie)

Dawson (Actor)

NASCAR Racers: The Movie 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Spider-Man Unlimited 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Beast Machines -- Transformers 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Drive, She Said 1999 (Movie)

Dr Glen Green (Actor)

War Planets 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Highlander: The Series 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Mega Man 1995 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Starlight 1996 (Movie)

Rod (Actor)

Wiseguy 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Neon Rider 1990 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Commish 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Whale Music 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Harmony Cats 1994 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Under the Gun 1994 (Movie)

Lieutenant Rayburn (Actor)

Camp Candy 1989 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Madeline 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

The Hat Squad 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Dirty Work 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Dragon Warrior 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Voice

The Red Spider 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Out of the Blue 1982 (Movie)

Party Singer (Actor)

Becoming Dick (TV Show)

Actor

Bloodhounds II (TV Show)

Actor

Final Descent (TV Show)

Actor

Omen IV: the Awakening (TV Show)

Actor

Stargate: Infinity (TV Show)

Actor

Wiseguy (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Hands of a Stranger (TV Show)

Song

Biography

An American-born actor long in Canada, Jim Byrnes is best known for playing 'Lifeguard', the communications expert and link to the "organization" on the CBS series "Wiseguy" (1987-1990), and as Joe Dawson, one of The Mortals tracking The Immortals on "Highlander" (syndicated, from 1993-98). A handsome man, often bearded, Byrnes lost both his legs when, while helping push a stalled truck on a highway, he was hit from behind by a car. After recuperating, he pursued work as a musician, which also led to the acting career for which he had once trained.

Relationships

Annette

Companion
mother of daughter Serene

Serene

Daughter
from relationship with former companion Annette

Caitlin Byrnes

Daughter
from relationship with Robyn Post born c. 1988

Robyn Post

Companion
mother of Caitlin Byrnes

EDUCATION

School of Fine Arts, Boston University

Boston , Massachusetts

briefly attended a seminary with the intent on becoming a priest

St Louis University

St Louis , Missouri

Milestones

1996

Reprised role of 'Lifeguard' in the ABC TV-movie "Wiseguy"

1995

Released album, "That River"

1993

Had featured role as a musician in the Canadian film "Harmony Cats"

1990

Did voice for the syndicated "Dragon Warriors"

1990

Was regular on the short-lived syndicated series "Neon Rider"

1988

TV-movie debut in "The Red Spider" (CBS)

1987

Co-starred in the NBC miniseries "Hands of a Stranger" miniseries

1987

Played 'Lifeguard' on "Wiseguy" (CBS)

1981

Formed blues band, The Jim Byrnes Band, which played in Canada

1978

Moved back to Canada

1972

Lost both legs in highway accident (February 26)

1970

Relocated to Vancouver, Canada

1968

Moved to Toronto, Canada

1964

Began acting at age 15 in Shakespeare in the Park productions in St Louis, MO (date approximate)

Played Joe Dawson on "Highlander: The Series" (syndicated)

Studied for the priesthood for a period

Returned to St Louis for physical therapy after his accident

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