Jim’s B.A., many years ago, was in Radio and Television. He went on to receive an M.F.A. in Acting from Penn State University in 1975 and pursued a career in theater for the next 15 years.
In New York it was mainly showcase work, but Jim had a good run at regional theaters and some great roles, including Horatio in Hamlet (directed by Lindsay Anderson), Bluntschli in Arms and The Man (with Kelsey Grammar doing a superb Sergius), Marlowe in She Stoops To Conquer, Austin in True West, Stephen in Major Barbara (with a young Elizabeth McGovern as Barbara). Favorite roles include Treplev in The Sea Gull and Tom in The Glass Menagerie. In 1990 Jim started at Vermont Law School and after graduation he clerked at the Vermont Supreme Court for Justice Ernest W. Gibson III. After that, he was a criminal prosecutor in Windham County for 5 years, and has been in solo practice since 2001. He still teaches acting and performs when time permits. When Jim tells folks he was an actor before lawyering he frequently hears: “Oh, then you’re still an actor!” This confounds both lawyering and acting, but, like so much one has to skip in a matchbook biography, that is a subject for another day.