Christopher Jaymes was born in Long Beach, California and most of his childhood was spent in Huntington Beach until moving into a loft in downtown Los Angeles at the age of seventeen with a group of musicians and skateboarders, including Jason Lee (My Name is Earl) and Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots).
Jaymes’ entered the entertainment industry at the age of 17, getting a guest starring role in the hit show, Wings. Shortly, thereafter, he was cast starring opposite Helen Hunt in the CBS movie-of-the-week Murder In New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart Story and he then went on to appear on a number of other television shows including Lost, Party of Five, Profiler, Chicago Hope, NYPD Blue and Touched by an Angel. He played in a number of films as well including Ivan Reitman’s Father’s Day starring Robin Williams and Billy Crystal.
His debut feature film, In Memory of My Father, garnered international acclaim and won over a dozen awards, including the 2006 American Spirit/Best Feature Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Grand Jury Award at CineVegas, Best Debut Feature at Sonoma Valley Film Festival and Best Director at the San Diego Film Festival. Chris starred alongside Jeremy Sisto and Judy Greer, as well as, produced, wrote, directed and edited the film.
Over the next years, he worked with numerous companies in development, including Signature Pictures, ghost writing on six films including The Black Dahlia, Tristen + Leopold, and The Contractor, while also consulting through production and post.
In MySpace’s heyday, he was hired as a Freelance Content Producer, to help stimulate and develop MySpace’s homepage into a hub for video content, producing spots featuring artists and events, such as the Beastie Boys, Wyclef Jean, Lance Bass, the Toronto Film Festival, and many others.
During that same period, Jaymes produced and directed a number of commercials and web campaigns for companies such as Intel, Lenovo, Harper/Collins, FRS, NaturaPet, Nikki Six, and LiveBooks.com, while also focusing his efforts on a myriad of Non-Profit Organizations, including One Generation, The Wellness Community, and Sweet Relief Musician’s Fund.
His non-fiction book, Boxing Day was published in 2007 which surrounds his experiences as an aid worker in the 2004 tsunami which devastated South East Asia and gives an honest account of the reality of the disaster relief and the lives that were affected.
In 2010, Chris Jaymes co-wrote and directed Making A Scene starring William Shatner, Dave Foley, and Jason Priestley, a one hour comedy for CBC television, which led to a string of shows for the CBC including Long Story Short a scripted comedy with Martin Short starring Robin Duke, Anne Murray, and Norman Jewison, and two pilots, including Late Night with Lang & O’Leary, and an entertainment news show, The Feed.
In 2011, he directed the feature length thriller, The Cottage starring David Arquette, Kristen Dalton, and Lorraine Nicholson, while also working with Levendis Entertainment and Nick Lambrou, developing the feature film action epic, Sons of Chaos, surrounding the Greek War for Independence which was also developed into a graphic novel.
In 2012, Jaymes was brought on as a producer for the new Travel Channel show starring David Arquette and Mike McGuinness.
Previous to this, he graduated from Berklee College of Music studying piano and orchestration and toured and recorded with over 10 artists throughout the early 1990s.
Between 1994 and 1996, he was a member of the conservatory of South Coast Repertory Theater in Costa Mesa where he performed several plays on both the Main and Second stages, including “Three Sisters” and “Measure for Measure” and began working more as an actor.
From 1997 through 1999, he starred in numerous plays including the role of Claire in Jean Genet’s “The Maids” at L.A.T.C. and Don Baker, the blind guitarist and lead in “Butterflies Are Free” at the Matrix Theater in 1999.