Dark Shadows Character:
Appeared in: 79 episodes
First episode: # 1063, July 22, 1970
Last episode: # 1209, February 11, 1971
Born: August 12; Highland Park, Illinois
In 16 magazine, David Henesy described James Storm as “an extraordinarily talented young man, an excellent mime, and a guy who has a pixie sense of humor. Generally, Jim’s shy streak precludes him from being photographed or giving interviews.”
James was indeed one of the lesser-publicized DS stars. He played some of the more sullen DS characters, including the vain and duplicitous Gerard Stiles, who was in league with warlock Judah Zachery. Later he played a different Gerard in the film Night of Dark Shadows.
In 1969, the year before he joined the cast of Dark Shadows, James turned over his part on One Life to Live to his brother, fellow actor Michael Storm. (On the show, it was explained that their character, Dr. Larry Wolek, underwent plastic surgery.)
Prior to living in New York, James attended San Diego State College and studied with the Actors’ Quarter in San Diego. He was a member of the San Diego Shakespeare Festival in the early 1960s, appearing in Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry VII, and Coriolanus. He then went to the Milwaukee Repertory Company where he appeared in Henry IV, Part I.
After seven months on DS, he moved to the soap The Secret Storm (1971) and continued to work for Dan Curtis in several made-for-TV movies, including The Invasion of Carol Enders (1973) and Trilogy of Terror (1975).
Other soap roles have included Mike Powers on The Doctors (1979-81), Neil Fenmore on The Young and the Restless (1983-86), and William Spencer on Y&R’s sister soap, The Bold and the Beautiful (1987-94)—a part he continues to return to occasionally (most recently, a brief stint in 2003).
His film credits include The Trial of Billy Jack (1974), Without a Trace (1983), and Firetrap (2001). He has guest starred on many series, such as Planet of the Apes, St. Elsewhere, and Hotel.
James has performed country music at the Palomino club in Los Angeles (singing and playing guitar) and issued Shadow of a Storm, a country CD. He has also performed musically at several Dark Shadows Festivals.
James and his wife live in California.
James Storm at the recording studio where he played a part on the new Dark Shadows CD, Return to Collinwood in 2003.
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DAYTIME TV: Sunset Beach (Charles Lackin, 1998), The Bold and the Beautiful (William Spencer, 1987-94, 2000), The Young and the Restless (Neil Fenmore, 1983-87), Texas (1982), As the World Turns (Dr. Pendergast, 1981), The Doctors (Dr. Mike Powers, 1979-80), Secret Storm (Sean Childers, Jr.), One Life to Live (Dr. Larry Wolek, 1969).
PRIMETIME TV: Blacke's Magic (1986), Hardcastle and McCormick (1983), Spiderman (attendant, 1978), Dog and Cat (moneychanger, 1977), Barnaby Jones (1977), Police Woman, Mannix, Rockford Files.
TV FILMS: Curse of the Black Widow (1977), It Happened at Lake Wood Manor (attendant, 1977), The Amazing Spider-Man (1977), Kansas City Massacre (Larry DeVol, 1975), Trilogy of Terror (Eddie Nells, 1975), Scream of the Wolf (boy, 1974), Invasion of Carol Enders (1973).
STAGE: The Secret of Body Language (Sterling, 1988, L.A.),