James Horan

Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, of Irish/Scandinavian heritage, Horan first became interested in acting while attending Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. When he was 19, he starred in his first play, as the Marquis de Sade in “Marat/Sade”, what he calls a “baptism by fire.” He also portrayed Stanley in “A Streetcar Named Desire” that same year, having never seen Brando in the film, prompting one elderly gentleman to remark, “He had nothing on you.” After several more plays during college, he attended the University of Iowa, where he completed a master of fine arts degree in acting. Daytime television drama roles followed–contacts on ABC shows “General Hospital”, “All My Children”, and “Loving”, among others. He has gone on to do numerous guest stars on prime-time television, most notably on the various “Star Trek” series, playing five different characters (four of them aliens), the last being a recurring role on “Enterprise.” A highlight of his film work so far was getting to work with Clint Eastwood, twice, in supporting roles on “Flags on Our Fathers” and “The Changeling.” His mellifluous baritone voice lent itself naturally to the world of voice over, where he has made a name for himself in over 80 video games; as well as animation, most recently creating the role of Wheeljack in the animated series “Transformers Prime” on the HUB. In addition to his film and TV work, Horan has consistently returned to his roots on the stage in plays and musicals. In recent years, favorite roles included Don Quixote in the musical “Man of La Mancha”, in Santa Clarita, CA; as well as portraying Atticus Finch in the stage play of “To Kill a Mockingbird” in Hollywood.

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