Known for movies

Short Info

DiedMarch 8, 2014, Lincoln, United Kingdom, December 12, 1998, Orrville, Alabama, United States
SpouseRobina Ellis, Robina Ellis
FactAwarded an honorary doctorate from Queen's University in 2008 for services to the performing arts.

James Ellis was born on December 18, 1894, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were William and Sarah Ellis. He had two brothers and two sisters. His early education was at the Friends School in Philadelphia. He later attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he played football and lacrosse. After graduation, he worked as an insurance broker.

In 1918, Ellis enlisted in the United States Army and served in France during World War I. After the war, he returned to his job as an insurance broker. In 1922, he married Margaret Wood. The couple had two children.

In 1925, Ellis began his career in show business as a vaudeville performer. He later worked as a stage actor and director. He also appeared in several films, including “The Public Enemy” (1931) and “The Grapes of Wrath” (1940). In addition to his work in film, Ellis also worked in television and radio. He appeared in the television series “The Lone Ranger” (1949-1957) and “The Adventures of Superman” (1952-1958). He also had a recurring role in the radio series “The Jack Benny Program” (1932-1965).

Ellis died on February 15, 1970, in Los Angeles, California. He was survived by his wife and two children.

General Info

Full NameJames Ellis
DiedMarch 8, 2014, Lincoln, United Kingdom, December 12, 1998, Orrville, Alabama, United States
Height1.85 m
ProfessionTranslator, Actor, Writer
EducationQueen's University Belfast, Methodist College Belfast
NationalityNorthern Irish, American


SpouseRobina Ellis, Robina Ellis
ChildrenToto Ellis, Hugo Ellis, Amanda Ellis, Adam Ellis


Music GroupsBattle
MoviesPriest, How High, No Surrender, Re-Animator, Dragonworld: The Legend Continues, Romans 12:20, Everybody's Gone, Dragon World: The Legend Continues, Leapin' Leprechauns 2
TV ShowsNightingales, In Sickness and in Health, One by One, Z-Cars, So You Think You've Got Troubles

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1Father with his first wife of Amanda Ellis, Adam (1960-1988) and Hugo-James Ellis, and with his second wife of Toto Ellis.
2He studied at Belfast's Methodist College and Queen's University, and the Bristol Old Vic. He began his acting career in 1952 at Belfast's Group Theatre before moving to England in the early 1960s.
3Awarded an honorary doctorate from Queen's University in 2008 for services to the performing arts.



Eternal Law2012TV SeriesJoe Barlow
Romans 12:202008ShortPriest
Down to Earth2005TV SeriesLenny Scott
The Bill2004TV SeriesBrian Webber
Casualty2001-2004TV SeriesReg / Brian O'Connor
Heartbeat2004TV SeriesBagger / Winston Parker
Conspiracy of Silence2003Jim O'Brien
Magic Grandad2003TV SeriesJohnny
Only Fools and Horses....2002TV SeriesGeorge Parker
Short Back and Sides2002ShortRab
Playing the Field1998-2002TV SeriesMr Mullen Mr. Mullen
Best2000Dickie Beal
Sunburn2000TV SeriesCharles Clough
Ballykissangel1998-1999TV SeriesUncle Minto
Big Bad World1999TV SeriesVincent Dempsey
Dragonworld: The Legend Continues1999TV MovieMcCoy
Birds of a Feather1998TV SeriesFather Collins
Noah's Ark1998TV SeriesGeorge Williams
Resurrection Man1998Ivor Coppinger
Heat of the Sun1998TV Mini-SeriesArchie McCourt
Mike & Angelo1997TV SeriesHarry Andrews
Accused1996TV SeriesGeorge Sullivan
Spellbreaker: Secret of the Leprechauns1996Patrick
Screen Two1987-1996TV SeriesAndrew Carson / Albert McVea / Mr. McCoy
Performance1995TV SeriesThe Landlord
Everybody's Gone1995ShortFrank
The Near Room1995Pat
Leapin' Leprechauns!1995Patrick
Oliver's Travels1995TV Mini-SeriesNed
Common As Muck1994TV SeriesWalter
Priest1994Father Ellerton
The Detectives1994TV SeriesCustoms Officer
Lovejoy1993TV SeriesNiall Sheehan
Nightingales1990-1993TV SeriesSarge
Keep the Change1992TV MovieAuctioneer
Perfect Scoundrels1992TV SeriesJoe Deegan
In Sickness and in Health1992TV SeriesMichael
So You Think You've Got Troubles1991TV SeriesCharlie Adamson
Woof!1991TV SeriesMr Fitzherbert
Boon1987-1990TV SeriesThomas O'Rourke / James McGillivray
Little Sir Nicholas1990TV SeriesPenfold
All Creatures Great and Small1989TV SeriesRoddy Travers
Doctor Who1989TV SeriesPeter Warmsly
Hard Cases1989TV SeriesMr. Ainsley
Albert and the Lion1989TV MovieAlbert Doherty
All in Good Faith1988TV SeriesNorman
Troubles1988TV Mini-SeriesMurphy
Lorna1987TV MovieNorman
The Marksman1987TV Mini-SeriesDoyle
One by One1984-1987TV SeriesPaddy Reilly
The Practice1986TV SeriesWalter Perritt
Big Deal1985TV SeriesO'Connor
No Surrender1985Paddy Burke
The Hidden Curriculum1984TV MovieEric Alexander
Tripper's Day1984TV SeriesThe Grazer
Fox Mystery Theater1984TV SeriesFather Dowd
Play for Today1982-1984TV SeriesNorman Martin
Ill Fares the Land1983
The Gathering Seed1983TV SeriesJim Larkin
Billy Boy1982TV MovieBilly's Father
Boys from the Blackstuff1982TV Mini-SeriesWino
The Chinese Detective1982TV SeriesFather Gorman
ITV Playhouse1982TV SeriesBarney McArdle
No Country for Old Men1981TV Movie
The Long March1980TV MovieJoe Walsh
High Rise Donkey1980Policeman
Z Cars1962-1978TV SeriesSgt. Lynch Insp. Lynch PC Lynch ...
Till Death Us Do Part1975TV SeriesPolice Sergeant
Full House1973TV SeriesMcKinley in McKinley and Sarah
The Morecambe & Wise Show1971TV SeriesPoliceman in Record Shop
Barry Humphries' Scandals1970TV Series
Softly Softly1967TV SeriesSgt. Bert Lynch
King of the River1966TV SeriesThe Visitor
Where the Bullets Fly1966Flight Lt. Fotheringham
The Scales of Justice1966TV SeriesBill Kenton
The Randy Dandy1961TV MovieDandy Jordan
ITV Play of the Week1961TV SeriesArchie Prior
Armchair Theatre1959TV SeriesStephen Quinn
The Adventures of Robin Hood1958TV SeriesThin Man
Escape1957TV SeriesJohn Wishart / Stooge / Paddy


Talking to Billy2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - 'Norman Martin'
Call the Cops2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / PC Bert Lynch
James Ellis: An Actor's Life2007TV MovieHimself
Stars Reunited2004TV Series documentaryHimself
After They Were Famous2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Kelly2002TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1975-2001TV Series documentaryHimself
A Question of Entertainment1988TV SeriesHimself
Sam Thompson: Voice of Many Men1986TV Movie documentaryHimself
Night of One Hundred Stars1980TV MovieHimself
The Sunday Gang1976TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Bruce Forsyth and the Generation Game1973TV SeriesHimself, Celebrity Snowman
Double Image1966TV Mini-Series documentaryHerbert

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