James Manos Jr.

James Manos Jr.
Born Brooklyn, New York[1]
Occupation Writer and Producer
Notable work Dexter
The Shield
The Sopranos

James Manos Jr. is an American film and television writer and producer.

Manos worked as a co-producer and writer on the first season of The Sopranos. In 1999, Manos won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for his work on the episode "College" of The Sopranos. The award was shared with his co-writer, The Sopranos creator David Chase.

He then completed two seasons as consulting producer on The Shield. He developed, produced, and wrote the pilot of Dexter, the Showtime drama series. He was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for best dramatic series for his work on the first season of Dexter. In an interview he stated that he managed to write something of himself into Dexter’s sensitivity for life.[1]

Manos recently completed Executive Producing the 8-episode order of South of Hell for Sonar Entertainment and WeTv.

He successfully produced the award-winning movie The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom, starring Holly Hunter and Beau Bridges, for HBO. The movie was nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards and won three. Additionally, it won the CableACE Award for Best Picture of the year.

He also produced the critically acclaimed Apollo 11 and The Ditchdigger's Daughters, which was nominated for three CableACE Awards, including Best Picture.

A trained theater director, James received a degree from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York in English/Theater and studied as a director at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England. James also studied acting and later taught acting classes in New York. He has directed numerous plays regionally and in New York, including Inge's The Disposal, Mrozek's Vatzlav, Ionesco's The Lesson, Molière's The Doctor in Spite of Himself, and Arthur Miller's Some Kind of Love Story. His latest play The Misconception is being developed with the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City for an Off-Broadway run.

He was also a star basketball player at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, New York.


Year Title Credit Role Notes
2006–2013 Dexter Developer / Writer / Executive Producer 96 episodes
2002–2003 The Shield Writer / Consulting producer 25 episodes
1999 Road Rage Writer TV Movie
The Sopranos Co-producer / Writer 5 episodes
1997 The Ditchdigger's Daughters Executive Producer TV Movie
1996 Apollo 11 Simsup
1993 The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom Producer Himself


  1. 1 2 Sonck, Fredrik (4 September 2016). "James Manos Jr. skrev in sig själv i massmördaren". Hufvudstadsbladet (in Swedish). Helsingfors. pp. 36–37.

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