James Griffith





2/13/1916 , Los Angeles, California, USA

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James Griffith was an American character actor and musician who is best remembered for his appearance in a number of Westerns in the 1950s and 60s. Born in 1916, the Los Angeles native began his career as a musician, but picked up the acting bug as he played small theatres and decided he would be able to do both jobs. One of his first roles was in the 1939 film They Can't Get You Down and his acting career seemed to be on the rise until he put his plans on hiatus while he served in World War II. After returning from war, Griffith began being cast in a number of Western pictures in the role of either an outlaw or the protagonist depending on the picture. A few of his most memorable films include The Law vs. Billy the Kid (1954) and Apache Ambush (1955). His television career was also strong with over 70 guest appearances on hit shows such as Lone Ranger and Gunsmoke. Griffith passed away from cancer in 1993.