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James Van Patten

James Van Patten (Jimmy) is an accomplished actor, writer, and producer with a lifetime involvement in the entertainment industry, encompassing, film, television, and theater. He has been critically acclaimed as an actor and has received awards for screenwriting and producing. His independent production company, which he co-founded with his brother, released its first feature film to theaters in 1996.

Born and raised in New York, Jimmy followed in the footsteps of his father, Dick Van Patten as a professional actor by age twelve. When he was a teenager, the Van Patten's moved to Hollywood, where Jimmy was immediately case as a reform school boy in the hit television series, "The Odd Couple", launching a successful acting career.

Jimmy literally grew up guest starring on television series, mini series and feature films. As an adult Jimmy also starred in two television series of his own. He starred opposite Robert Preston in the award winning series “The Chisholm’s” for CBS, playing the role of “Bo Chisholm.” He also starred in Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment’s comedy series “Poison” for Showtime, opposite Andrea Martin and Bud Cort.

Van Patten also has impressive film credits with roles in over 30 motion pictures, including “The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again”, “Freaky Friday”, (opposite Jody Foster) “Roller Boogie”, “Life Guard” and “California Dreaming”, "Don't Be A Menace In South Central" and two of Mel Brook's productions, "Life Stinks" and "Robin Hood: Men In Tights". He also received critical acclaim in the feature film “Young Warriors” released by Cannon Pictures in theatres worldwide. Most recently, he has appeared in the popular horror film franchise, "Saw IV" and "Saw VI" as Dr. Heffner and will be reprising his role in the soon to be released "Saw VII" in 3D on Halloween 2010.

Jimmy’s theater experience includes “Mr. Roberts” at The San Antonio Fiesta Theater, “Breakfast with Les and Bess” at the Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theater, he toured with the world debut of “Passengers” with the Frank Kenley Players. Jimmy also went on the road with the critically acclaimed national tour of “The Sunshine Boys” where he performed in over 100 cities as Ben Silverman, 2001-2002. Working with Frank Gorshin and his father, Dick Van Patten, he also appeared in "Harvey" with Charles Durning at the Laguna Playhouse and at the Cord Theater on Broadway (2004). Jimmy once again did a run of “The Sunshine Boys” in Boston in 2005 where it received “Honorable Mention” by the New England Theatre “Addison Awards” – Boston area’s equivalent of the Tony.


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