James' father, Grover Dale, has been nominated for a Broadway's Tony Award twice in his career. In 1970 as Best Choreographer for Billy, and in 1975 as Best Director for The Magic Show.
In 2006 James was in the movie The Departed.
In 2005 James was in the movie The Naked Brothers Band.
In 2004 James was in the movie Cross Bronx.
In 2003 James was in the movie Nola.
In 2003, James starred in an off-Broadway play, Getting into Heaven.
Before returning to acting in 2002, James played hockey professionally, and also worked in construction.
James studied acting and playwriting in New York, but he never graduated from college.
James' mother, Anita Morris, died from cancer in April 1994.
James was once involved in doing advertisements for Levi's jeans.
James has appeared on all three CSI shows. On CSI: Crime Scene Investigation he played Adam Trent, a man in a mental hospital. He was also in both CSI: Miami and CSI: NY as part of a special crossover double parter, playing the murderous Henry Darius.
James has blue eyes.
James lent his voice to 24: The Game, for his 24 character, Chase Edmunds.
James is an only child.
James is 6'0" (183 cm.)
James' nickname is Badge.
James appeared in Lord of the Flies when he was 12 years old. Afterwards he was teased at school for his performance in the film.
James played hockey for the Utah Valley Golden Eagles as a goalie. Then in 1999 he also played for Manhattanville College.
James attended Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York.
James Badge Dale (on auditioning for 24): When the first audition came by, I read it and I knew it was a very good show. But when I read it, I just thought, I'm too young for this, I'm not right for this, they're not going to cast me, they're going to go for something different.
James Badge Dale: I worked off and on in construction for six years, I was doing other things intermittently in between that. I went to college for a while, I played hockey for a while. I was never a—I guess most actors work in restaurants or bars and I'm just not built that way—I don't know, construction was fun for me. I'm not good at it, I'm horrible, but there's a romanticism about it when you're standing on top of a building and the sun is shining and you feel good at the end of the day.
James Badge Dale (on 24): It's a nine-month run. You've got to be ready to show up for nine months and come to work. It's taught me a lot; as a person and as an actor about responsibility, suiting up and showing up and being ready.
James Badge Dale (on 24): I think what I've found with this show is that the fan base is very loyal, and the people who watch it really love it. I know that they're the reason I'm here, they're the reason I'm working today. It's kind of a symbiotic thing, like, we're all helping each other out here.
James Badge Dale (on Kiefer Sutherland): I was really excited to come in and learn from him. He's a very good actor. He's been around for a long time, and I've learned a lot from him artistically. The craft of it. Professional things also. He's been great to me, he lets me do what I need to do. He's worked with me on what works and what doesn't work.