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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " STEVE JAMES " WAS AN ACTOR, STUNTMAN AND MARTIAL ARTIST : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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Steve James (actor)

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Steve James
BornFebruary 19, 1952
New York City, New York
DiedDecember 18, 1993 (aged 41)
BurbankCalifornia
OccupationFilmtelevision actor
Websitehttp://www.ninjastevejames.com/
Steve James (February 19, 1952 – December 18, 1993) was an American actorstuntman and martial artist. He starred mostly in action films such as the American Ninja series, The Delta Force (1986), The Exterminator (1980), and Enter the Game of Death(1978). James also portrayed Kung Fu Joe in the 1988 comedy/spoof film I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, and its 1990 television pilotspinoff Hammer, Slammer, & Slade.

Biography

Steve James was born and raised in New York City. His father was trumpet player Hubie James. His uncle was James Wall, who played Mr. Baxter on the children's television series Captain Kangaroo. His godfather was Joe Seneca who, among many roles, played Danny Glover's father in Silverado. Joe Seneca was instrumental in Steve becoming interested in action films as he took him to movies on 42nd Street when he was a child. He graduated from Power Memorial Academy in 1970, then attended C.W. Post Collegeas an Arts and Film major. Upon graduating, he became involved in stage work and TV commercials. James started his film career off as a stuntman for such New York based film productions as The WizThe Warriors, and The Wanderers. He also practiced martial arts and was an expert in Fu Jow Pai, a system in Tiger Claw Kung Fu.
Steve was married to Christine Pan James in Hawaii. During their honeymoon, he was cast for a role on Raven which was being shot in Hawaii on the old Magnum, P.I. studio lot.[citation needed]

Personal life and death

On December 18, 1993, James died of pancreatic cancer[1] in his home in BurbankCalifornia at age 41. He is survived by his wife, Christine Pan James, and his daughter from a previous marriage, Debi James. His widow is a writer and actor, his daughter a model and singer.[citation needed]
His last roles were in the feature film Bloodfist V: Human Target with Don "The Dragon" Wilson and the pilot for the TV series M.A.N.T.I.S.. The pilot first aired on Fox just a few weeks after his death. He was also scheduled to star as Jax Briggs in 1995's Mortal Kombat until his death. Eulogies at Steve's funeral service were delivered by Sidney Poitier(as his widow, Chris, was employed by Mr. Poitier), his father Hubie James, his friend John A. Gallagher and Christine Pan James. His urn resides on the mantle of his home in Burbank, California.[2]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRole
1994M.A.N.T.I.S.Antoine Pike
Bloodfist V: Human TargetMarcus/Drew Washington
1993Weekend at Bernie's IIHenry
1991McBainEastland
Mister JohnsonAliu
1990RiverbendMajor Samuel Quentin
Street HunterLogan Blade
Hammer, Slammer, & SladeKung Fu Joe
1989RiverbendMaj. Samuel Quentin
American Ninja 3: Blood HuntCurtis Jackson
1988I'm Gonna Git You SuckaKung Fu Joe
Johnny Be GoodCoach Sanders
Hero and the TerrorRobinson
C.A.T. Squad: Python WolfBud Raines
1987American Ninja 2: The ConfrontationCurtis Jackson
Hollywood ShuffleHood #3 (as Steve W. James)
1986C.A.T. SquadBud Raines
Avenging ForceLarry Richards
Behind Enemy Lines (a.k.a. P.O.W. the Escape)Johnston
The Delta Force]]Bobby
1985To Live and Die in L.A.Jeff Rice
American NinjaCurtis Jackson
Weird ScienceGuy at Table (uncredited)
Mask (1985)Hospital Intern
1984Fatal VisionUS Marshal
The Brother from Another PlanetOdell
1983Vigilante (a.k.a. Street Gang)Ptl. Gibbons (as Steve W. James)
1982Muggable Mary, Street CopPark Slasher-Rapist
The SoldierSoldier's Force member #2
1980Times SquareDude (as Steve W. James)
The ExterminatorMichael Jefferson
Enter the Game of DeathBlack Martial Artist
The Mouse and the WomanUnion Man
1979The WarriorsBaseball Fury
1977Bruce vs. Black Dragon
1975The Land That Time ForgotFirst Sto-Lu
1974The Education of Sonny Carson(uncredited)

Television

YearTitleEpisodeRole
1986Moonlighting"Symphony in Knocked Flat"Mohammed "Boogaloo" Brown
1985The Atlanta Child Murders(mini-series)Policeman #1
1984The Dukes Of Hazzard"Danger on the Hazzard Express"Carney
T.J. Hooker"Night Vigil"Coach Cassius Isley
1985Arthur Hailey's Hotel"Love and Honor"Kaz
1984All My ChildrenGuard Pinkston

Stunts

YearTitle
1984The Brother from Another Planet
1982Hanky Panky
Fighting Back
1981Ragtime
Wolfen
Fort Apache the Bronx
1980The Exterminator
He Knows You're Alone
Dressed to Kill
1979The Wanderers
1978Oliver's Story
1978The Wiz
1974The Education of Sonny Carson

Writer