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James Lesure

An amateur boxer inspired by the feature film Raging Bull, James Lesure made his series starring debut in For Your Love.

Growing up in Gardena and Carson, Calif., Lesure entered the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. after high school. After one year, when the reality of the rigorous training had obliterated any romantic illusions, he left school. Seeking a new direction, he enrolled in acting classes and joined a Shakespeare company that toured Los Angeles junior high and high schools.

Lesure resumed college at the University of Southern California, majoring in English and theater. During a year studying abroad, he became involved in amateur boxing at the University of Kent at Canterbury. But fate stepped in and after performing in a college production of Hair, he was sidetracked from athletics by the allure of acting.

After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from USC in 1995, Lesure traveled throughout the United States before buckling down to pursue a professional acting career. Initially, he joined a small theater group in Los Angeles and began auditioning for small-screen parts. Success came with guest-starring roles on such series as Seinfeld, Mad About You, The Drew Carey Show and NYPD Blue. In addition, he appeared in the feature films Crimson Tide and Casanova Falling.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

James Lesure Facts

BirthdaySeptember 21, 1975 (45)
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

Selected Filmography

Las Vegas: Season 1
Things I Did for Love
Breaking News
Las Vegas: Season 4
Las Vegas: Season 3
Las Vegas: Season 2
Men at Work: Season 1
Giving It Up
Men at Work
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