A graduate of Northwestern University and the Yale School of Drama, he received classical training at the New York Shakespeare Festival under director Joseph Papp. He went on to perform on stage at the Body Politic Theater in Chicago. He has also starred in over fifty feature films and has directed theatres in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. In addition to theatre, he has directed over a hundred hours of television and produced and directed feature films.
In association with Clint Eastwood and Malpaso Productions, he directed the Warner Brothers feature film The Stars Fell on Henrietta, starring Robert Duvall, Aidan Quinn, and Frances Fisher. He received two Western Heritage Awards for Best Director for the series The Young Riders which he also produced and the Cable Ace Award for The Forgotten, which he co-wrote and directed. He produced the feature The Experts and television's A Winner Never Quits, which won the Humanitas Award. He executive produced and co-wrote the feature film Armed and Dangerous and co-wrote and starred in the classic western The Long Riders with his older brother Stacy Keach.
James and his wife, Jane Seymour, have worked together most recently on Blind Guy and on numerous television movies. They starred most recently together in The New Swiss Family Robinson for Disney and in Fanny Kemble for Showtime. Through their company, Catfish Productions, they have co-produced not only WALK THE LINE and Blind Guy, but also such television films as Fanny Kemble, The Absolute Truth, A Marriage of Convenience, Murder in the Mirror, Blackout, A Passion for Justice, Praying Mantis and Sunstroke.
Together they reside in Los Angeles, raising their six children, playing golf, writing children's books and producing movies, television shows and documentaries, including the award-winning documentary Disease of the Wind which Keach wrote, directed and produced. In addition, Keach recently completed building their new state of the art postproduction facility PCH Studio in Malibu, California.
James Keach Facts
|Occupation||Director, Producer, Actor|
|Birthday||December 7, 1947 (71)|
|Birthplace||Savannah, Georgia, USA|
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|The Stars Fell On Henrietta|