James Denton Biography & Net Worth
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James Thomas Denton Jr.
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James Thomas Denton Jr. is a gifted American film and television actor who is best known for his roles as Mike Delfino on the ABC drama series Desperate Housewives (2004–2012) and Dr. Sam Radford on the Hallmark Channel comedy series Good Witch (2015–present). Since making his debut in the movie industry, this handsome hunk has featured in more than a hundred movies and television series combined. He is reputed to have also appeared in many magazine issues, and is a winner of a handful of prestigious awards all earned in recognition of his extra-ordinary acting performances. This article contains details about James Denton’s works, accomplishments and current net worth, as well as other important information about this film star.
James Denton’s Biography & Career
Denton was born in Nashville, Tennessee, in the United States on January 20, 1963. The second of three children of J.T. Denton and Mary Jean Woolslair Denton, he was raised in nearby Goodlettsville along with his siblings. His father who was a dentist and had served in the military, passed away in 1993, while his mother followed suit in 2002 from complications of breast cancer.
His parents raised him a Southern Baptist, and he grew up to become a Minister of Music at the Westmoreland United Methodist Church in Tennessee.
He experienced his secondary education at Goodlettsville High School before proceeding to the University of Tennessee where he majored in Television/Journalism, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in advertising. Before switching his career options to acting, Denton sold advertising for several radio stations.
He started acting at a community theater in Nashville when he was 23 years old and later moved to California to pursue acting as a profession. In the early days of his acting career, he was sometimes listed in the credits as Jamie Denton.
While living in Chicago, James Denton’s first role was in the film “A Streetcar Named Desire”, and his last was in the French farce, “Lapin Lapin” in which he acted as the terrorist “Bebert”. In the years between the two roles, James was a company member at Strawdog Theater Ensemble and at The Griffin Theater. He added a steady sequence of roles and honors to his quickly mounting list of achievements, including composing the music for and performing in “the Night Hank Williams Died”, playing a lead role in the world premiere of “Flesh and Blood”, and his depiction of preacher “C.C. Showers” in “Diviners” – which earned him a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for a Best Actor.
After moving to Los Angeles, the dedicated actor carried on with performing on stage, especially during time away from whichever television series he was attached to at the time. He has acted in a number of films, including the likes of ‘Face/Off’ (1997), ‘That Old Feeling’ (1997), and ‘Primary Colors’ (1998). He has also appeared in several television shows, including: JAG, Ally McBeal, The West Wing, Two Guys and a Girl, Sliders, and Dark Skies, and has had recurring roles in Reba, The Drew Carey Show, and The Pretender. In 2003, he played the lead role of Agent John Kilmer in the crime thriller series ‘Threat Matrix’.
From 2004 to 2012, Denton acted as Mike Delfino on ABC’s hit comedy-drama TV series
Desperate Housewives. It was one of the roles which offered his career a major boost as the show was appreciated by viewers and critics, achieved a record of being among the top ten most-watch series in over 20 countries, and even won multiple Screen Actors Guild, Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.
Since first appearing in the Desperate Housewives series, James Denton continued to take up roes in numerous films, including: Tortured (2008), Beautiful Dreamer (2006), Assumption (2006), All-Star Superman (2011), Custody (2007), and Undead or Alive (2007) He also appeared in Phil Vassar’s music video for “Bobbi with an I” in 2009 after appearing in Dale Watson’s music video for “Justice for All” in 2007.
Since 2015, Denton plays the starring role of Dr. Sam Radford on the Hallmark Channel comedy series Good Witch. In 2019, the show was one of Hallmark Channel’s most popular original series, and its success lifted the network to be recognized as the most-watched cable network on the weekends, and also the highest-rated.
Denton had a recurring role as Peter Hudson on the comedy-drama series Devious Maids in 2016. Two years later, he appeared as a guest in an episode of CBS television series NCIS: New Orleans.
In addition to his film acting career, Denton also plays guitar in the charity cover music group called
‘Band from TV’ along with Greg Grunberg, Teri Hatcher, Hugh Laurie, among others. They donate the earnings of their recordings and performances to charities of their choice. So far, Band from TV has raised nearly $2 million dollars for various charity causes supported by the band.
He has also appeared on the front pages of several magazines, including Spectrum United, Calabasas, TV Guide, Tango, and Orange Coast, and pictorials for Life & Style, People, Entertainment Weekly, and US Weekly. Denton has appeared in commercials for Buick and Ford Warriors, and has modeled for a few advertising campaigns as well.
Personal Life & Family
While in high school, Denton had a relationship with country music singer Deana Carter. He got married to Jenna Lyn Ward in 1997 and divorced her three years later. In 2002, he wedded professional trainer Erin O’Brien, and they’ve been together up till this day. The husband and wife previously lived in Glendale, California with their two children. After the Desperate Housewives series ended, Denton moved with his family to Chanhassen, Minnesota where they presently reside.
James Denton Net Worth
James Denton is an American film and television star who also happens to be a guitarist that plays for charity with the group Band from TV. His net worth is currently pegged at $7 million and most of it has been earned from all the films and television shows he has featured in, as well as all the theater performances he has been a part of since his debut. Denton is a part-owner of the minor league baseball team Orange County Flyers, who won the GBL Championship in 2008. He also supports a number of charity causes and organizations, including the Minnesota-based nonprofit organization Angel Foundation, which has been established to serve adults with cancer and their families.