Beloved actor Clifton James, best known for his roles in the TV series “Dallas” (in the role of Duke Carlisle), and the series “Texas” (in the role of Striker Bellman), has passed away at the age of 96, following complications from diabetes.
Clifton James, Notable Southern Character Actor, Passes at the Age of 96
Reported by the Associate Press, Lynn James, James’ daughter, confirmed his passing on Friday, April 15, in Gladstone, Oregon at one of his children’s homes. His IMDB profile has indicated that at present, James was in pre-production for an upcoming film entitled “Old Soldiers” starring Ron Howard’s father, Rance Howard.
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James was also known for past roles in “Cool Hand Luke,” the “Dukes of Hazzard,” and as Sheriff J.W. Pepper in the James Bond movies “Live and Let Die” and “The Man with the Golden Gun,” starring Roger Moore. Known for loud, Southern character roles, he was born in Spokane, Washington, and perfected the country accent for his future parts following graduation from the Actor’s Studio. He was a decorated World War II veteran, serving in United States Army Combat Infantry Platoon Sergeant Co. “A” 163rd Inf., 41st Division, and he served in the South Pacific from January 1942 to August 1945. His decorations include those of Silver Star, Bronze Star, as well as two Purple Hearts. Other notable movies he played roles in consist of “Silver Streak” (1976), “Superman II” (1980) and “The Untouchables” (1987). Our condolences go out to Clifton James’ family and our thoughts are with his five children.