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James Read (1953)

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James Christopher Read is an American actor, best known for his role of George Hazard in the North and South television miniseries.

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 Early life
Read was born in Buffalo, New York, as the second of three children in family . He started acting as a student of law at the University of Oregon that he graduated from in 1976. He studied acting in New York and then did several off Broadway and regional theatres such as The Denver Center Theatre Company, where he had a couple of leading roles and spent three seasons. In 1998 additionally, he earned his Masters Degree in psychology from Pepperdine University.

 Career
Read is best known for his role as George Hazard in the three North and South TV miniseries based on the John Jakes trilogy of novels of the same name (his co-star; Patrick Swayze taught him how to ride a horseback), and for his co-starring role in the movie Beaches.

He had a recurring role on The WB series Charmed as Victor Bennett and was also a regular during the first season of Remington Steele. Recently, he could be seen as Ken Davis in the ABC family drama Wildfire and an ambassador Franklin Fairchild in 2010 television series Persons Unknown. In 2008, he directed an episode of "Wildfire". In 2009, he performed in "Better Angels" as Abraham Lincoln at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, California.

 Personal life
The lefthanded, 6'2" Read is married to actress Wendy Kilbourne, whom he met on the set of North and South. They live in Santa Barbara, California and have two children - son Jackson and daughter Sydney . Their middle child - daughter Willa - was stillborn in 1994. After that event, Read thought of giving up acting (as he did in 1984, after his brother's unexpected death). Kilbourne is not his first wife; between 1973 and 1978, he was married to Lora Lee. He is interested in sailing, tennis and music.

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