James Duff Celebrity

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A highly articulate TV writer-producer, Duff started out as a playwright. Ironically, his 1984 Broadway debut, the family drama Home Front, was dismissed by the New York Times as too "television." Although the play closed quickly, with some retooling and a… (more)

Birth Place: New Orleans, LA

Birthday: September 3, 1955, Virgo

Profession: Writer, Producer, Director

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Biography

A highly articulate TV writer-producer, Duff started out as a playwright. Ironically, his 1984 Broadway debut, the family drama Home Front, was dismissed by the New York Times as too "television." Although the play closed quickly, with some retooling and a new title, The War at Home, it went on to have a successful worldwide run and was turned into a 1996 movie. Duff earned an Emmy nod for his very first teleplay, another dysfunctional-family saga called Doing Time on Maple Drive. And while he made a brief foray into comedy as the supervising writer on the cult series Popular, he remained dramatic at heart, penning a number of TV-movies and failed pilots. His ability to craft fascinating but flawed characters finally paid off in 2005 when he created The Closer, a highly successful crime series about a mess of a master interrogator.

Fast Facts

  • His father, James H. Duff, was a Sears, Roebuck executive.
  • Attended five elementary schools, three junior highs and three high schools.
  • While in high school, he participated in an acting workshop taught by G.W. Bailey, who, 34 years later, landed a starring role in Duff's series The Closer.
  • The 1984 breakout play Home Front---which was made into a 1996 film called The War at Home---was inspired by letters written home by his uncle, Col. David Duff, during the Vietnam War.

Awards

  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Miniseries or a Special: Nominee

Relationships

  • James H. Duff — Father

College

  • Attended Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX; attended Tarrant County Junior College, Hurst, TX

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