ST. JAMES has guest-starred and co-starred on dozens of television
shows, and been a supporting actor on many major films. His face is
also familiar to many from his commercials.
Growing up, St. James attended dozens of schools as his Navy family
traveled. Although shy, he was a well-adjusted child except for an uncontrollable
need to suck his fingers. To distract him, his painter-mother taught
St. James to discern the beauty in the world around him. Something
pivotal happened to him during his fifth-grade Christmas play: while
eating a bowl of porridge during another actor's monologue, he gagged
on the cold gruel and heard the audience laugh. As his miffed acting
compatriot struggled on, St. James swallowed another spoonful and
retched again. Bigger laughter. Show business was in his blood.
St. James attended The University of Georgia in Athens, acting in
mainstage productions while agonizing his way through Business School.
To avoid being drafted for Vietnam upon graduation, and to please
his father, he entered Naval Officers' Candidate School. But by the
time he'd finished school, he was in a brainwashed haze and actually
volunteered for Vietnam, where he spent a blessedly lucky year in
the Riverboat Navy. A year in London followed, allowing him to travel
extensively. Unfortunately St. James had a problem with authority,
and left the Navy to become a New York actor.
After the five year period he'd set to make it big, St. James was
broke and unknown. Yet he drew strength from his favorite axiom, "Happiness
is not a destination; it's a method of travel." He got on "THE
$20,000 PYRAMID," and won $10,000. He began writing comedy material
which he performed at clubs. It had no effect whatsoever on his career.
He met a beautiful dancer and they were happily married for some of
the next ten years. During that decade, he worked as a full-time data
processing supervisor, feeling useful, appreciated and secure.
But after ten years, his wife left him for a man who worked at a bank
shredding money. Shortly thereafter, St. James was laid off his job.
For a couple weeks he just staggered around, unable to see the beauty
around him, then finally returned to acting. There were more jobs
for older men, which he now was. He decided to test the actor's life
in L.A. After four shaky years, he began - and continues - to support
himself as an actor.