James Keach

James Keach
Born (1947-12-07) December 7, 1947
Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Actor, producer, director
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Holly Collins
(m. 1976-?)
Mimi Maynard
(m. ?-1993)
Jane Seymour
(m. 1993; div. 2015)
Children 3
Parent(s) Stacy Keach Sr.
Mary Cain (née Peckham)
Relatives Stacy Keach (brother)

James Keach (born December 7, 1947) is an American actor, producer, and director. He is the younger brother of actor Stacy Keach, Jr., and son of actor Stacy Keach, Sr.


Keach was born in Savannah, Georgia, the son of Mary Cain (née Peckham), an actress, and Walter Stacy Keach, Sr., a drama coach, actor, writer, and producer.[1] His brother, Stacy Keach, is an American actor and narrator. Keach received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama, and is also a classically trained Shakespearean actor.

He is a patron of Meningitis UK.


Best known as a producer and director, Keach has also acted, most famously portraying Jesse James in the 1980 film The Long Riders, a film which he co-wrote and produced. Johnny Cash was so taken by the film that he and June Carter became close friends with Keach and asked him to be involved in the development of Walk the Line, which Keach produced.[2] Keach also appeared in numerous supporting roles in films such as National Lampoon's Vacation.[3] He also played a leading role in the 1985 comedy film Moving Violations as Deputy Hank Halik.

He was the director of the 1993 TV series and 1999 film Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman which starred his wife, Jane Seymour, and other episodic television. Most recently he has directed and produced Waiting for Forever and Blind Dating. He directed a documentary, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, about country music singer Glen Campbell and his battle with Alzheimer's disease, that was released in October 2014.[4][5]

In 2010, James Keach received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Personal life

He was married to Holly Collins, sister of Judy Collins. Their marriage produced a son, Kalen Keach. Sometime after his marriage to Collins ended, he married Mimi Maynard. Their marriage lasted until 1993.

In 1993, Keach married actress Jane Seymour. The couple had twin boys, born 30 November 1995, John Stacy and Kristopher Steven, who were name after family friends Johnny Cash and Christopher Reeve, and James's brother, actor Stacy Keach.[6] On April 12, 2013, it was announced that the couple separated. The divorce was finalized in December 2015.[7]


Films (Acting)

Title Year Role Notes
Wilbur and Orville: The First to Fly 1973 Orville Wright
The Noah 1975
Sunburst 1975 Levon
Cannonball 1976 Wolfe Messer
Death Play 1976 Steve
FM 1978 Lt. Reach
Comes a Horseman 1978 Emil Kroegh
Hurricane 1979 Sgt. Strang
Smokey and the Hotwire Gang 1979 Joshua
The Long Riders 1980 Jesse James
The Legend of the Lone Ranger 1981 The Lone Ranger/John Reid (voice) (uncredited)
National Lampoon's Vacation 1983 Motorcycle Cop
Love Letters 1984 Oliver Andrews
The Razor's Edge 1984 Gray Maturin
Moving Violations 1985 Deputy Halik
Stand Alone 1985 Detective Isgrow
Wildcats 1986 Frank Needham
Evil Town 1987 Christopher Fuller
The Experts 1989 Yuri
Options 1989 Ed Sloan
The Dance Goes On 1992 James Smith
The New Swiss Family Robinson 1998 Jack Robinson
Walk the Line 2005 Warden

Films (Directing/Producing/Writing)

Title Year Role Notes
The Long Riders 1980 Executive Producer
Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me 2014 Director


Title Year Role Notes
NET Playhouse 1971 Orville Wright TV series. 1 episode: "The Wright Brothers"
National Educational Television (NET) (Precursor to PBS)
Deadly Visitor 1973 ABC TV movie
Kung Fu 1973 Abe Jones ABC TV series
1 episode: "The Assassin"
Kojak 1973 Ted Strong CBS TV series
1 episode: "Girl in the River"
Ironside 1974 Walter Portman NBC TV series
1 episode: "The Taste of Ashes"
The Rookies 1974 Stoney Putnam TV series
1 episode: "Legacy of Death"
Movin' On 1974 Ron TV series
1 episode: "The Trick Is to Stay Alive"
Cannon 1974-76 Johnny Cabe / Pete Wallace TV series. 2 episodes:
  • "The Man Who Couldn't Forget" (1974) as Johnny Cabe
  • "Cry Wolf" (1976) as Pete Wallace
Miles to Go Before I Sleep 1975 Man in Bar TV movie
The Hatfields and the McCoys 1975 Jim McCoy TV movie
The Manhunter 1975 Reichart TV series
1 episode: "Man in a Cage"
Police Woman 1975 Cliff Hummel / Del Franklin TV series
1 episode: "Ice"
S.W.A.T. 1975 Arlie Warren TV series
1 episode: "A Coven of Killers"
Switch 1975 Dean 'Skip' Crowe TV series
1 episode: "The Body at the Bottom"
Starsky and Hutch 1975 James March Wrightwood / Ed Chambers TV series. 2 episodes:
  • "Lady Blue" (1975) as James March Wrightwood
  • "I Love You, Rosey Malone" (1977) as Ed Chambers
Joe Forrester 1976 TV series
1 episode: "The Boy Next Door"
Six Characters in Search of an Author 1976 The Son TV movie
The Quest 1976 Blue TV series
1 episode: "Day of Outrage"
The Blue Hotel 1977 Johnnie TV movie
Black Sheep Squadron 1977 TV series
1 episode: "Trouble at Fort Apache"
Kill Me If You Can 1977 Officer #1 TV movie
The Tony Randall Show 1977 Bastian TV series
1 episode: "Bobby vs. Michael"
The Next Step Beyond 1978 TV series: 1 episode: "The Haunted Inn"
Nowhere to Run 1978 McEnerney TV movie
Lacy and the Mississippi Queen 1978 Parker TV movie
Quincy M.E. 1979 Gary Harlan TV series
1 episode: "A Small Circle of Friends"
Like Normal People 1979 Robert Meyers Jr. TV movie
The Great Cash Giveaway Getaway 1980 Bondo TV movie
Big Bend Country 1981 Ian McGregor TV movie
Thou Shalt Not Kill 1982 Jeff Tompkins TV movie
Till Death Do Us Part 1982 Robert Craig TV movie
The Blue and the Gray 1982 Miniseries Original release: November 14, 1982 – November 17, 1982
Stacy Keach as Jonas Steele
Original network: CBS
Magnum, P.I. 1983 Killer TV series
1 episode: "...By Its Cover"
Wishman 1983 Galen Reed TV movie
The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains 1987 Father Vincent Godfrey Burns TV movie
Good Cops, Bad Cops 1990 Frank Moran TV movie
Murder in High Places 1991 Levering TV movie
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 1997 Brent Currier TV series
1 episode: "Hostage"
Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble 2000 Dr. Huston TV movie
Perfectly Prudence 2011 Mister TV movie
This One 'n That One 2012 Big Jim TV series


  1. "Stacy Keach Biography (1941-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
  2. "Yahoo! Movies".
  3. "Indie Wire".
  4. Kreps, Daniel (October 12, 2014). "Glen Campbell Shares Last Poignant Music Video 'I'm Not Gonna Miss You". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  5. "Jane Seymour". TV Guide. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  6. "Jane Seymour, James Keach's divorce finalized". Fox News. December 17, 2015. Retrieved December 17, 2015.

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