One of today’s most exciting & versatile actors, voted by Buzzfeed as a Top 10 Asian-American Leading Man, and by TV Guide as “Hollywood’s 25 Hottest”, James is next appearing in the Netflix movie Yes Day, and the upcoming HBO show Lovecraft County. He recently guest starred in AMC’s Preacher (2016), CBS’ Elementary (2012) and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (2016), and FOX’s Sleepy Hollow (2013). He also recently starred in NCIS: Los Angeles (2009), the new Nickelodeon sitcom School of Rock (2016), the FX drama Justified (2010), and is beloved to many for his 5-year run on NBC’s Heroes (2006) as ‘Ando’.
James recently returned to the stage, in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of Wild Goose Dreams, directed by Leigh Silverman (2x TONY nominee). He recently starred the comedy feature 7 Days to Vegas (2019), and Banana Season (2018), where he had to train as a Mixed Martial Arts fighter for six weeks. He also stars in the romantic comedy Another Time (2018), along side Justin Hartley and Arielle Kebbel.
A native of NYC, James graduated from Bronx H.S. of Science, then went on to study communications & broadcasting at New England Institute of the Arts. After a stint in a hip-hop group in college, James moved to LA on a one-way ticket & a suitcase, where he began his training in music, dance, and acting. His first ever TV audition landed him on CBS’s JAG (1995).
An athlete & avid runner, James has ran the 2016 LA Half Marathon with his wife Jamee , plays basketball for The Hollywood Knights, a charity celebrity team, and participated in Robbie Williams’ Soccer Aid for UNICEF, at Manchester United’s Old Trafford in the UK. His favorite hobbies include scuba diving and ultimate frisbee, and he loves playing guitar and the piano.
James is an ambassador for the international non-profit Good Neighbors and their Water for Life campaign, as well as the Creative Coalition and their Arts Education program. His passion is to create media that promotes wellness, fitness, and consciousness.