Jim is a supporter of the charities World Vision Canada and the Face The World Foundation.
Jim is a railroad enthusiast.
Jim has released 6 albums; "Burnin'", "I Turned My Nights Into Days", "That River", "Love is a Gamble", "Fresh Horses" and "House of Refuge".
In 1996 Jim won a Leo Award for Best Supporting Actor for Highlander.
In 1995 Jim was inducted in to the British Columbia Entertainment Hall of Fame.
Jim was the host of the short-lived variety show called The Jim Byrnes Show. It aired for a few weeks in 1998.
Jim's father was a municipal accountant and his mother was a home maker.
Jim has 2 daughters Caitlyn and Serene.
Jim began playing the piano when he was 5 years old.
In 2007 Jim was nominated for 3 Maple Blues Awards; Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.
Jim had an uncredited parts in the movies "Masterminds" and "For Hope", also in the TV show Sliders in "Pilot" and the TV movie "Hands of the Stranger".
Jim created original music for the Canadian movie "We Fall Down".
In 1993 Jim was nominated for a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for "Harmony Cats".
Jim is a major baseball aficionado.
Jim landed his pivotal Wiseguy role as Lifeguard 15 years to the day that he lost both legs in an automobile accident Feb. 26, 1972.
Jim is a highly regarded Blues & Gospel artist.
In 1981, Jim formed the blues group, The Jim Byrnes Band, began playing dates throughout Canada, and has become a staple of the Vancouver music scene.
Jim got bitten by the acting bug at the age of 15 when he did Shakespeare in the Park in St. Louis.
Jim still uses his favourite guitar, a Gibson 1969 Hummingbird. He received the guitar as a child.
By age thirteen Jim was singing and playing blues guitar.
Jim once worked as a professional shepherd.
Jim almost became a Catholic priest.
Jim won a Juno award (Canada) for Best Blues/Gospel Recording in 1995 for his album "That River". He won again in 2007 for "House of Refuge".
Jim authored the Letters from Vietnam that was submitted in the Highlander anthology An Evening at Joe's.
Jim appeared in radio ads for Vancouver Grizzlies NBA basketball in 1996.
Jim appeared in television ads for Arby's in 1995.
Jim Byrnes: I was devastated. I was 17. Who could take the Rolling Stones seriously after watching Howlin' Wolf down on his knees singing Little Red Rooster?
Jim Byrnes: (about how much he is like his Highlander character "Joe Dawson") Well, obviously there's a lot of things that are alike, although there's things that are different, too, (laughing) I'm not quite as quick to pull a gun out of my coat!
Jim Byrnes: (about his carrier highlight) Sittin' down in a room with Muddy Waters, just him and me, and he showed me a couple of licks on his guitar.
Jim Byrnes: Early bluesmen were really 'songsters' who interspersed their blues with spirituals, popular music, folk songs, anything to get the crowd to take note, and I suppose that's how I cast myself when I began my career.
Jim Byrnes: We never had any problems. We were too naïve, too innocent, and had too much respect for the music and the culture - they knew it, they could tell.