James Luisi

James Luisi
A native New Yorker, James Luisi attended St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights on a basketball scholarship. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He then played one season (1953-54) with the Baltimore Bullets in the National Basketball Association. His acting career began on the stage with early parts coming in the Broadway musicals "Sweet Charity" and "Zorba". His early movies were minor, though his "beefcake" appeal was evident in 1973's I Escaped from Devil's Island (1973) in which he rarely wore a shirt. Most of his later work was on TV. In 1976 he shared a "best actor" daytime Emmy for playing George Washington in a daytime drama special titled First Ladies Diaries: Martha Washington (1975). Also in 1976 he started his four-season role as Jim Rockford's (James Garner) nemesis Lt. Chapman in The Rockford Files (1974). In 1983 he played the cop in charge of some street-gang-members-turned-undercover-agents in the short-lived series The Renegades (1983), which provided a boost for Patrick Swayze, who played one of the gang members. Along with guest spots on numerous TV shows, Luisi also appeared in the soap operas Days of Our Lives (1965) and Another World (1964). In the 1990s he returned to acting in and directing stage work in the Los Angeles area. Stricken with cancer he passed away on 7 June 2002 and is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Georgia Phillips.
Name James Luisi
Also Known As
Birthday 1928-11-11
Deathday 2002-06-07
Gender Male
IMDB James Luisi profile on IMDB
Place of Birth New York City, New York
As: Sgt. Vince De Carlo
1978-01-01
Killer's Delight...
As: Dazzas
1973-09-01
I Escaped from Devil...
As: Jimmy Karalla
1978-09-26
One in a Million: Th...
As: Colonel Jerry Maxim
1989-04-30
Lethal Woman...
As: Capt. M.L. Gallagher
1980-10-14
Fade to Black...
As: Dan Santini
1978-12-22
Moment by Moment...
As: Ed Reineke
1986-04-18
Murphy's Law...
As: Al Palmini / Arnold
1977-11-19
Contract on Cherry S...
As: Alvin Blake
1977-06-01
Stunts...
As: Capt. Doug Chapman
1996-04-25
The Rockford Files: ...
As: Sperry
1988-10-28
Feds...
As: Angel
1983-10-12
Sunset Limousine...
As: Lieutenant Joe Marci
1982-08-11
The Renegades...
As: Benedetto
1974-05-01
The Take...
As: Ed
1972-06-23
Ben...
As: Roy
1983-11-11
Star 80...
As: Renny Lucas
1984-03-05
The Red-Light Sting...
As: George Benson
1979-03-02
Norma Rae...
As: Ferrari Salesman
1987-10-30
The Hidden...
As: Unknown
1972-09-11
The Rookies...
As: Vincent Hazzard
1982-03-13
T. J. Hooker...
As: Unknown
1995-09-30
Baywatch Nights...
As: Unknown
1965-09-19
The F.B.I....
As: Unknown
1972-09-23
The Streets of San F...
As: Unknown
1979-09-22
Hart to Hart...
As: Unknown
1973-10-24
Kojak...
As: Unknown
1955-09-10
Gunsmoke...
As: Unknown
1986-03-01
The Hogan Family...
As: Unknown
1964-05-04
Another World...
As: Unknown
1967-03-28
Ironside...
As: Unknown
1978-09-20
Vega$...
As: Unknown
1982-09-26
Matt Houston...
As: Unknown
1980-03-14
Here's Boomer...
As: Unknown
1976-02-29
Good Heavens...
As: Unknown
1958-09-30
The Rifleman...
As: Unknown
1985-09-11
Hell Town...
As: Unknown
1977-02-18
Hunter...
As: Unknown
1986-09-15
L.A. Law...
As: Unknown
1980-12-11
Magnum, P.I....
As: Jimmy Durkee
1983-01-23
The A-Team...
As: Unknown
1975-09-10
Starsky & Hutch...
As: Unknown
1976-10-03
Quincy, M.E....
As: D.G. Grebs
1982-09-26
Knight Rider...
As: Unknown
1979-09-20
Buck Rogers in the 2...
As: Unknown
1979-12-27
Knots Landing...
As: Unknown
1991-11-07
Silk Stalkings...
As: Unknown
1958-09-30
Naked City...
As: Unknown
1975-11-07
Wonder Woman...
As: Unknown
1971-09-14
Cannon...
As: Unknown
1981-11-04
The Fall Guy...
As: Unknown
1973-03-20
Police Story...
As: Unknown
1976-02-03
City of Angels...
As: Unknown
1975-02-24
S.W.A.T....
As: Unknown
1991-04-05
Dark Justice...
As: Unknown
1978-09-10
Sword of Justice...
As: Lt. Marciano
1983-03-04
The Renegades...
As: Unknown
1979-03-15
Harris and Company...
As: Unknown
1976-09-17
Spencer's Pilots...
As: Unknown
1972-09-15
Ghost Story...
As: Unknown
1978-09-08
The Eddie Capra Myst...
As: Unknown
1984-09-27
Partners in Crime...
As: Unknown
1977-09-15
CHiPs...
As: Lt. Doug Chapman
1974-09-13
The Rockford Files...
As: Burt Stryker
1974-09-13
The Rockford Files...