James Keach

James Keach Biography

James Keach (born December 7, 1947) is an American actor, producer, and director. He is the younger brother of actor Stacy Keach, Jr., and son of actor Stacy Keach, Sr.


Keach was born in Savannah, Georgia, the son of Mary Cain (née Peckham), an actress, and Walter Stacy Keach, Sr., a drama coach, actor, writer, and producer. His brother, Stacy Keach, is an American actor and narrator. Keach received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama, and is also a classically trained Shakespearean actor.

He is a patron of Meningitis UK.


Best known as a producer and director, Keach has also acted, most famously portraying Jesse James in the 1980 film The Long Riders, a film which he co-wrote and produced. Johnny Cash was so taken by the film that he and June Carter became close friends with Keach and asked him to be involved in the development of Walk the Line, which Keach produced. Keach also appeared in numerous supporting roles in films such as National Lampoon's Vacation.

He was the director of the 1993 TV series and 1999 film Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman which starred his wife, Jane Seymour, and other episodic television. Most recently he has directed and produced Waiting for Forever and Blind Dating. He is currently working on a documentary about country music singer Glen Campbell's battle with Alzheimer's disease.

In 2010, James Keach received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Personal life

He was married to Holly Collins, sister of Judy Collins. Their marriage produced a son, Kalen Keach.

In 1993, Keach married actress Jane Seymour. Together they had twins, Johnny Stacy and Kristopher Steven, born 30 November 1995, and named after family friends Johnny Cash and Christopher Reeve, and James' brother, actor Stacy Keach. [1] On April 12 2013 it was announced that the couple has separated and are currently negotiating the terms of their divorce.


Films (Acting)

Title Year Role Notes
Wilbur and Orville: The First to Fly 1973 Orville Wright
The Noah 1975
Sunburst 1975 Levon
Cannonball 1976 Wolfe Messer
Death Play 1976 Steve
FM 1978 Lt. Reach
Comes a Horseman 1978 Emil Kroegh
Hurricane 1979 Sgt. Strang
Smokey and the Hotwire Gang 1979 Joshua
The Long Riders 1980 Jesse James
The Legend of the Lone Ranger 1981 The Lone Ranger (voice) (uncredited) / John Reid (voice) (uncredited)
Vacation 1983 Motorcycle Cop
Love Letters 1984 Oliver Andrews
The Razor's Edge 1984 Gray Maturin
Moving Violations 1985 Deputy Halik
Stand Alone 1985 Detective Isgrow
Wildcats 1986 Frank Needham
Evil Town 1987 Christopher Fuller
The Experts 1989 Yuri
Options 1989 Ed Sloan
The Dance Goes On 1992 James Smith
The New Swiss Family Robinson 1998 Jack Robinson
Walk the Line 2005 Warden

Films (Directing/Producing/Writing)

Title Year Role Notes
The Long Riders 1980 Executive Producer


Title Year Role Notes
NET Playhouse (TV series) " The Wright Brothers 1971 Orville Wright National Educational Television (NET) (Precursor to PBS)
Deadly Visitor (TV movie) 1973 ABC
Kung Fu (TV series) - The Assassin 1973 Abe Jones ABC
Kojak (TV series) " Girl in the River 1973 Fred Strong CBS
Ironside (TV series) " The Taste of Ashes 1974 Walter Portman NBC
The Rookies (TV series) " Legacy of Death 1974 Stoney Putnam
Movin' On (TV series) " The Trick Is to Stay Alive 1974 Ron
Cannon (TV series) " The Man Who Couldn't Forget 1974 Johnny Cabe
Miles to Go Before I Sleep (TV movie) 1975 Man in Bar
The Hatfields and the McCoys (TV movie) 1975 Jim McCoy
The Manhunter (TV series) " Man in a Cage 1975 Reichart
Police Woman (TV series) " Ice 1975 Cliff Hummel / Del Franklin
S.W.A.T. (TV series) " A Coven of Killers 1975 Arlie Warren
Switch (TV series) " The Body at the Bottom 1975 Dean 'Skip' Crowe
Starsky and Hutch (TV series) " Lady Blue 1975 James March Wrightwood
Cannon (TV series) " Cry Wolf 1976 Jo Anne's Brother
Joe Forrester (TV series) " The Boy Next Door 1976
Six Characters in Search of an Author (TV movie) 1976 The Son
The Quest (TV series) " Day of Outrage 1976 Blue
The Blue Hotel (TV movie) 1977 Johnnie
Black Sheep Squadron (TV series) " Trouble at Fort Apache 1977
Kill Me If You Can (TV movie) 1977 Officer #1
Starsky and Hutch (TV series) " I Love You, Rosey Malone 1977 Ed Chambers
The Tony Randall Show (TV series) " Bobby vs. Michael 1977 Bastian
The Next Step Beyond (TV series) " The Haunted Inn 1978
Nowhere to Run (TV movie) 1978 McEnerney
Lacy and the Mississippi Queen (TV movie) 1978 Parker
Quincy M.E. (TV series) " A Small Circle of Friends 1979 Gary Harlan
Like Normal People (TV movie) 1979 Robert Meyers Jr.
The Great Cash Giveaway Getaway (TV movie) 1980 Bondo
Big Bend Country (TV movie) 1981 Ian McGregor
Thou Shalt Not Kill (TV movie) 1982 Jeff Tompkins
Till Death Do Us Part (TV movie) 1982 Robert Craig
Magnum, P.I. (TV series) " ...By Its Cover 1983 Killer
Wishman (TV movie) 1983 Galen Reed
The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (TV movie) 1987 Father Vincent Godfrey Burns
Good Cops, Bad Cops (TV movie) 1990 Frank Moran
Murder in High Places (TV movie) 1991 Levering
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (TV series) " Hostage 1997 Brent Currier
Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble (TV movie) 2000 Dr. Huston
Perfectly Prudence (TV movie) 2011 Mister
This One 'n That One (TV series) 2012 Big Jim

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