Born In: Hemet, California, United States
James Lafferty is an American TV and film actor and director, best known for his starring role in the hit series ‘One Tree Hill.’ From being a basketball star to a popular film actor, James has come a long way. He started his acting career in his early teens with ‘Annabelle’s Wish,’ in which he did a voice-over role. Although it would not have been difficult for him to grab acting assignments in his early teenage years, he decided to complete his education first. As soon as he completed graduation, he plunged into the entertainment world. In 2003, he garnered the starring role in the series ‘One Tree Hill.’ He was nominated for four ‘Teen Choice Awards’ for his lead role of ‘Nathan Scott.’ He directed a few episodes of the series too. The series ran till 2013. Meanwhile, James kept himself busy with other acting assignments, such as his role in ‘S. Darko,’ the 2008 straight-to-video sequel of the cult-classic film ‘Donnie Darko.’ The film received negative reviews from all spheres. James also featured in the film ‘Waffle Street’ and the TV series ‘Underground.’
Also Known As: James Martin Lafferty
father: Jeff Lafferty
mother: Angie Lafferty
siblings: Stuart Lafferty
Born Country: United States
U.S. State: California
education: California State University, Long Beach
He began his acting career as a kid, with small roles in series such as ‘Dr. Quinn,’ ‘Beverly Hills, 90210,’ and ‘Medicine Woman.’ He was not credited for playing those roles. Nevertheless his love for acting intensified. He then participated in school plays, and by the time he was ten, he had started playing major roles in his school theater productions.
He enrolled at the ‘Hemet High School.’ In school, his love for basketball took over his passion for acting. Although he was waiting for his entertainment career to kick off, getting involved with basketball prevented him from concentrating in his acting career. He played many inter-school matches for his school team. According to his coach, James was the best player in the team. He was named the ‘Most Valuable Player’ (MVP) too.
In 2002, his love for basketball, along with the previous acting experience, earned him the ‘ESPN’ TV film ‘A Season on the Brink.’ The film was based on the antics of the basketball team of ‘Indiana University’ around the year 1985, and was based on the book of the same name. The film was appreciated and James’s performance as ‘Steve Alford’ was appreciated. Though James did not play a main character, he received immense coverage and this helped him in his transition from a child actor to an adult actor.
James auditioned for a major role in ‘The Perfect Score’ but did not get the role because he was too young for it. The role eventually went to Bryan Greenberg. The film starred Chris Evans too.
The series released to massive critical success, and as the seasons progressed, the show fared better. During the course of the series, James’s character grew immensely. The character, which was initially that of an angry high-school teenager, became the father of a kid by the fifth season. This huge transition was handled well by James, and his fan base grew steadily over the years.
Once ‘One Tree Hill’ ended, James became busy with other projects. He appeared in the series ‘Crisis,’ playing the starring role of a teacher. The role received an average response from critics and audiences. He then starred in an independent film ‘Waffle Street,’ which became a favorite with film festivals and won several awards. However, the film did not do any wonders at the box office.
In 2020, James Lafferty got engaged to actress Alexandra Park. In May 2022, the couple got married.
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