Jim Byrnes (actor)

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birthname = James Thomas Byrnes
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occupation = Musician, film, TV, voice actor
yearsactive = 1980–present
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website = http://www.jamestbyrnes.com
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James Thomas Byrnes was born on September 22, 1948 in St. Louis, Missouri. He has lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, since the mid-1970s. He is a Blues musician, guitarist, and actor. On February 26, 1972, he was struck by a passing car while he attempted to help a friend move a stalled truck, which caused him to lose both his legs above the knee.

Fifteen years to the day after the accident, he started appearing on "Wiseguy" as "Lifeguard" (Daniel Benjamin Burroughs). It was his first major role and lasted until 1990. Later, he starred in the fantasy television series ' as Joe Dawson, a member of a secret society known as the "Watchers". He reprised his role as Joe Dawson in ' and ', later installments of the "Highlander" film series, as well as providing voices for the anime '. He also starred in his own short-lived TV show, called "The Jim Byrnes Show".

His other television roles include "Higher Ground" and cartoon voices in ', ', "Shadow Raiders", "Stargate Infinity", and "". He also appeared in the "Taken" mini series, which broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel and an episode of "Twilight Zone" entitled "Harsh Mistress". Byrnes currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia.

As a musician, Byrnes has twice won the Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year, for "That River" in 1996 and "House of Refuge" on Black Hen Music in 2007. [ [http://www.junoawards.ca/ Juno Awards official site] , last accessed February 2, 2008] He also received the Male Vocalist of the Year at the Toronto Blues Society's Maple Blues Awards in January 2007.

Discography

*"Burning" (1981) Polydor (vinyl)
*"I Turned My Nights Into Days" (1987) Stony Plain Records (vinyl)
*"That River" (1995) Stony Plain (re-released on Band Together in 1997 with the tracks in a different order)
*"Burning/I Turned My Nights Into Days" (1998) Stony Plain
*"Love Is A Gamble" (2001) One Coyote Music (Limited pre-release)
*"Fresh Horses" (2004) Black Hen Music
*"House of Refuge" (2006) Black Hen Music

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*imdb name|id=0126325|name=Jim Byrnes
**imdb title|id=181229|title=The Jim Byrnes Show
*amg name|2:265397|Jim Byrnes
* [http://www.jamestbyrnes.com/ Jim Byrnes Website ]
* [http://www.jimbyrnes.org/ Official website]


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