Person Details

Birthday: 1928-11-11 18:41:18

Death: 2002-06-07 18:41:18

Aliases: No known aliases

Gender: Male

Place of birth: New York City, New York

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Movie Involvements: 18

TV Involvements: 6


Most Famous Work

Biography

A native New Yorker, James Luisi attended St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights on a basketball scholarship. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He then played one season (1953-54) with the Baltimore Bullets in the National Basketball Association. His acting career began on the stage with early parts coming in the Broadway musicals "Sweet Charity" and "Zorba". His early movies were minor, though his "beefcake" appeal was evident in 1973's I Escaped from Devil's Island (1973) in which he rarely wore a shirt. Most of his later work was on TV. In 1976 he shared a "best actor" daytime Emmy for playing George Washington in a daytime drama special titled First Ladies Diaries: Martha Washington (1975). Also in 1976 he started his four-season role as Jim Rockford's (James Garner) nemesis Lt. Chapman in The Rockford Files (1974). In 1983 he played the cop in charge of some street-gang-members-turned-undercover-agents in the short-lived series The Renegades (1983), which provided a boost for Patrick Swayze, who played one of the gang members. Along with guest spots on numerous TV shows, Luisi also appeared in the soap operas Days of Our Lives (1965) and Another World (1964). In the 1990s he returned to acting in and directing stage work in the Los Angeles area. Stricken with cancer he passed away on 7 June 2002 and is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Georgia Phillips.

Most Famous Work

Knight Rider
Average
7

Knight Rider

(1982) D.G. Grebs
The A-Team
Average
7

The A-Team

(1983) Jimmy Durkee
T. J. Hooker
Average
6

T. J. Hooker

(1982) Vincent Hazzard
The Rockford Files
Average
8

The Rockford Files

(1974) Burt Stryker
The Hidden
Average
7

The Hidden

(1987) Ferrari Salesman
Norma Rae
Average
7

Norma Rae

(1979) George Benson
Murphy's Law
Average
6

Murphy's Law

(1986) Ed Reineke
Star 80
Average
7

Star 80

(1983) Roy

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
1996 Capt. Doug Chapman
1995 N/A
1991 N/A
N/A
1989 Colonel Jerry Maxim
1988 Sperry
1987 Ferrari Salesman
1986 N/A
Ed Reineke
N/A
1985 N/A
1984 N/A
Renny Lucas
1983 Roy
Angel
Lt. Marciano
Jimmy Durkee
1982 N/A
D.G. Grebs
Lieutenant Joe Marciano
Vincent Hazzard
1981 N/A
1980 N/A
Capt. M.L. Gallagher
N/A
1979 N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
George Benson
1978 Dan Santini
Jimmy Karalla
N/A
N/A
N/A
Sgt. Vince De Carlo
1977 Al Palmini / Arnold Palmer
N/A
Alvin Blake
N/A
1976 N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
1975 N/A
N/A
N/A
1974 Lt. Doug Chapman
Burt Stryker
Benedetto
1973 Det. Kroger
N/A
Dazzas
N/A
1972 N/A
N/A
N/A
Ed
1971 N/A
1967 N/A
1965 N/A
1964 N/A
1958 N/A
N/A
1955 N/A
Year Character Movie/Tv

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