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James Douglas

  • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
  • Birthday: May 20
Date of passing: 
March 05, 2016

Obituary

James Douglas was an actor best known for his role on the 1960s primetime soap opera Peyton Place. The ABC drama took place in the title town, which was founded by the Peyton family, whose members included the Harringtons.

Douglas played Steven Cord, a lawyer, on more than 400 episodes of Peyton Place, the first primetime serialized drama on U.S. television. He joined the program in 1965, after it had been on the air for nine months, and stayed on the series until it ended in 1969. He played the character once more in 1985, for the reunion television special Peyton Place: The Next Generation.

He also played Grant Colman, another lawyer, on the CBS daytime serial As the World Turns. Additionally, Douglas had roles on the series The Millionaire, Bronco, Father Knows Best, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Dragnet, M Squad, Death Valley Days, The Donna Reed Show, Ironside, Another World, The Doctors, The Edge of Night, Spenser: For Hire and One Life to Live.

James Douglas was an actor best known for his role on the 1960s primetime soap opera Peyton Place. The ABC drama took place in the title town, which was founded by the Peyton family, whose members included the Harringtons.

Douglas played Steven Cord, a lawyer, on more than 400 episodes of Peyton Place, the first primetime serialized drama on U.S. television. He joined the program in 1965, after it had been on the air for nine months, and stayed on the series until it ended in 1969. He played the character once more in 1985, for the reunion television special Peyton Place: The Next Generation.

He also played Grant Colman, another lawyer, on the CBS daytime serial As the World Turns. Additionally, Douglas had roles on the series The Millionaire, Bronco, Father Knows Best, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Dragnet, M Squad, Death Valley Days, The Donna Reed Show, Ironside, Another World, The Doctors, The Edge of Night, Spenser: For Hire and One Life to Live.

His feature films included Fear Strikes Out, starring Anthony Perkins; Designing Woman, with Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall; The Helen Morgan Story, with Ann Blyth and Paul Newman; Until They Sail, with Jean Simmons and Newman; G.I. Blues, starring Elvis Presley; Sweet Bird of Youth, with Newman and Geraldine Page; and Threshold, starring Donald Sutherland.

A Los Angeles native, Douglas attended UCLA and served in the Army before going into show business in the mid-1950s. His father, Stan Johnson, served as an art director on Peyton Place.

Douglas died March 5, 2016, in Bethlehem, Connecticut. He was 86.

 

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