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James Kirkwood Biography (1930-)
Born August 22, 1930, in Los Angeles, CA; son of James, Sr. (an actor and director) and Lila (an actress; maiden name, Lee) Kirkwood. Addresses: HOME--58 Oyster Shores Road, East Hampton, NY 11937. OFFICE--484 W. 44th Street, No. 45-R, New York, NY 10036. AGENT--(Novels) Jed Mattes, International Creative Management, 40 W. 57th Street, New York, NY 10019; (screenplays) Ron Mardigan, William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Real, Beverly Hills, CA, 90069.
A Chorus Line is the longest running play in the history of Broadway and is the only such production to run for more than 5,000 performances.
- Birth Details
- August 22, 1930
- Los Angeles, California, United States
- STAGE DEBUT--Jean d'Arc, Joan of Lorraine, touring production, 1947.
- BROADWAY DEBUT--Small Wonder, Coronet Theatre, 1949.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- Dance Me a Song, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1950.
- Junior Miss, Lyceum Theatre, New York City.
- Panama Hattie, Dallas, TX.
- Oh Men, Oh Women and The Tender Trap, both Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, PA.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Wonderful Town, Call Me Madam, Welcome Darling, The Rainmaker, Oh Men, OhWomen, The Tender Trap, and Mary, Mary, all U.S. cities.
- Never Too Late, South African cities.
Credits; PRINCIPAL CABARET APPEARANCES
- (With Lee Goodman as a comedy-satire team) Bon Soir, The Blue Angel, andNumber One Fifth Avenue, all New York City.
- Mocambo, Hollywood, CA.
- Embassy Club, London.
- Tic-Toc Club, Montreal, PQ, Canada.
- Also appeared at Cafe Society and Le Ruban Bleu.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; EPISODIC
- The Ed Sullivan Show, CBS.
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents, CBS.
- Kraft Theatre, NBC.
- Mickey Emerson, Valiant Lady, CBS.
- regular, The Garry Moore Show, CBS.
Credits; PRINCIPAL RADIO APPEARANCES
- (With Lee Goodman) Kirkwood-Goodman Show, WOR, New York City.
- Teenagers Unlimited, Mutual Broadcasting Network.
- Also Henry Aldrich, Theatre Guild of the Air.
- There Must Be a Pony!, touring production, 1962.
- U.T.B.U. (Unhealthy to Be Unpleasant), Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1965, published by Samuel French, Inc., 1966.
- P.S. Your Cat Is Dead, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1975, published by Samuel French, Inc., 1976, then revised and produced Off-Broadway, 1978.
- (with Nicholas Dante) A Chorus Line, New York Shakespeare Festival, Newman Theatre, then Shubert Theatre, both New York City, 1975.
- Surprise, John Drew Theatre, Long Island, NY, 1981.
- Legends, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, then Majestic Theatre, Dallas, TX, and subsequent tour, all 1986.
- Good Times/Bad Times, United Artists, 1968.
- Some Kind of Hero, Paramount, 1982.
- A Chorus Line, Universal, 1985.
- Also Witch Story, United Artists.
- There Must Be a Pony!, Columbia Pictures Television.
- There Must Be a Pony!, Little, 1960.
- Good Times/Bad Times, Simon & Schuster, 1968.
- American Grotesque, Simon & Schuster, 1970.
- P.S. Your Cat Is Dead, Stein & Day, 1972.
- Some Kind of Hero, Crowell, 1975.
- Hit Me with a Rainbow, Delacorte, 1980.
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