- Made his off-Broadway debut in a 1971 production of Long Day's Journey Into Night, and his Broadway debut in the 1977 musical I Love My Wife.
- Starred in the film version of The Glass Menagerie (1987), directed by Paul Newman. In 2002-03, he directed a Broadway revival of Our Town, starring Paul Newman as the Stage Manager.
- Portrayed Billy Flynn in the 1996 Broadway revival of Chicago.
- Appeared in his first one-man show, James Naughton Live at the Manhattan Theater Club, in 1998.
- Released an album titled It's About Time in 2002.
- Commercial work includes voice-overs for Jeep and appearances in ads for the drug Nexium.
- Is the father-in-law of Broadway actress Kelli O'Hara.
- 1997, Tony — Actor (Musical): Winner
- 1990, Tony — Actor (Musical): Winner
- David Naughton — Brother
- Keira Naughton — Daughter
- Greg Naughton — Son
- Pamela Naughton — Wife
- Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, United States (1967); Yale University, School of Drama, New Haven, Connecticut, United States (1970)
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