James FitzGerald was born on 8th of July 1962 in New York City. His father was a retired police officer and his mother worked at a bank. James’ parents divorced when he was young, but they remained close friends throughout his childhood and even after their divorce. James attended private school until he graduated from high school at age 16 whereupon he enrolled into Columbia University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. While attending college, James took acting classes and performed in plays. At the same time, he studied kinesiology and exercise science at Columbia University. After graduating with a degree in theatre studies, James moved to Los Angeles where he began working as an assistant director for a variety show called “The Tonight Show.”
In 1993, James made his feature film debut opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt in the comedy movie “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka!” (1993). Two years later, he starred alongside Kate Hudson in the romantic drama “A Thousand Words” (1994). In 1995, he co-starred with Anne Hathaway in the comedy “Titanic: The Legend Continues” (1995) and then went on to star opposite Sandra Bullock in the action thriller “Armageddon Game” (1996), which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor.
In the late nineties, James continued to appear in a string of high-profile movies, including the crime-drama “HBO film” (1997) with David Morse, the comic book action thriller “Batman & Robin” (1997) with George Clooney and Arnold Schwarzenegger and the war drama “U-571” (2000) opposite Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon and Jon Bon Jovi. He also played a starring role in the comedy movie “Kangaroo Jack” (2003) with Jerry O’Connell and Anthony Anderson. In the early 2000s, James began to appear in a number of hit television shows like “Numb3rs”, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Without A Trace.” In 2007, he was cast opposite Jennifer Garner in the short-lived series “Drive,” which only lasted for one season. In the meantime, he had made a name for himself as a respected character actor and had become one of Hollywood’s most in-demand character stars. In 2008, James had a starring role opposite Uma Thurman and Gérard Depardieu in the World War II drama “Forbidden Territory” (2008). Three years later, he co-starred with Steve Coogan in the crime film “The Look of Love” (2012). Most recently, he appeared with Jennifer Aniston in the comedy movie “Mother’s Day” (2016).
If you want to know more about James, you can buy “Stories From Home: The Life of James Carville” (2005) or “Thy Will Be Done: The Broken Legacy of John F. Kennedy, Jr.” (2008), both written by him. Other books written by James are “Leading the Best Life” (2009), “It’s Sizzling Outside Your House” (2009) and “Join the Club: Stories of Group Experience” (2011).
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Patient empowerment: results of a randomized controlled trial by …, P Limousin, K Ashkan, J FitzGerald… – Annals of …, 2013 – Wiley Online Library
Adaptive deep brain stimulation in advanced Parkinson disease by RM Anderson, MM Funnell, JT Fitzgerald… – Diabetes …, 2000 – Am Diabetes Assoc
The Diabetes Empowerment Scale: a measure of psychosocial self-efficacy. by JT Fitzgerald, MM Funnell, GE Hess, PA Barr… – Diabetes …, 1998 – Am Diabetes Assoc
The reliability and validity of a brief diabetes knowledge test by JW Fitzgerald – Atmospheric Environment. Part A. General Topics, 1991 – Elsevier
Marine aerosols: A review by JP Fitzgerald – 1994 – University Press of Colorado
Zinc supplementation decreases incidence of infections in the elderly: effect of zinc on generation of cytokines and oxidative stress by …, FWJ Beck, B Bao, JT Fitzgerald… – … American journal of …, 2007 – academic.oup.com
Service Processor Configurations for Enhancing or Augmenting System Software of a Mobile Communications Device by GG Raleigh, J Fitzgerald, N Hunsperger… – US Patent App. 14 …, 2014 – Google Patents
Development and validation of the Diabetes Care Profile by JT Fitzgerald, WK Davis, CM Connell… – Evaluation & the …, 1996 – journals.sagepub.com