James Carville

  • Birth Name: Chester James Carville Jr.
  • Birth Place: Fort Benning, Georgia, United States
  • Profession: Political consultant, Author, Television commentator, Educator
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  • Grew up in Carville, LA, a town on the Mississippi River named for his grandfather, who was its postmaster.
  • As a teen, he worked on his first political campaign for a car dealer running for the Louisiana state legislature.
  • Served in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 to 1968.
  • Taught eighth-grade science in rural Louisiana.
  • Has appeared as himself on Mad About You, Spin City, The Family Guy and Arli$$. Played a prosecutor in Milos Forman's 1996 film The People vs. Larry Flynt. Had a cameo in the 2005 comedy Wedding Crashers.
  • Both he and his wife, GOP stalwart Mary Matalin, hosted CNN's raucous Crossfire, but not at the same time.
  • A prolific author, his books include such New York Times best sellers as We're Right, They're Wrong (1996), and a children's book, Lu and the Swamp Ghost (2004).
  • In 2009, joined the faculty of Tulane University to teach political science.


  • Lucille Norman Carville — Mother
  • Steve Carville — Brother
  • Bonnie — Sister
  • Emerson "Emma" Normand Carville — Daughter
  • Gail — Sister
  • Angela — Sister
  • Bill Carville — Brother
  • Mary Anne — Sister
  • Mary Matalin — Wife
  • Chester James Carville — Father
  • Pat — Sister
  • Matalin "Matty" Carville — Daughter


  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States (BS 1970; D.Law 1973)

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