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Fast Facts

  • Studied law in college but fell in love with acting at school and switched career paths.
  • Appeared on the first season of Remington Steele (1982-83) as a private investigator.
  • Big break came when he was cast as Pennsylvania soldier George Hazard in the 1985 mini-series North and South, a part he reprised in the 1986 and 1994 sequels.
  • Fell in love with his North and South wife, played by Wendy Kilbourne, while filming and they later married.
  • Best known for his TV work playing dads on Charmed and Wildfire.


  • Lora Lee — Ex-wife
  • Sydney Read — Daughter
  • Jackson Read — Son
  • Wendy Kilbourne — Wife


  • University of Oregon, Eugene, OR (1976); Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA (Masters in Psychology, 1998); attended University of Vermont, Burlington, VT


  • Birth Name: James Christopher Read
  • Birth Place: Buffalo, NY
  • Birthday: July 31, 1953, Leo
  • Profession: Actor
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