Who is James Lesure?

James Lesure is a popular and well-respected TV actor in Hollywood. James Lesure has had an impressive three-decade-long television career known for his role as Mel Ellis in the show For Your Love.

In addition, some other well-known performances of James Lesure include Las Vegas, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, and Good Girls.

James Lesure
James Lesure biography

Quick facts

Full nameJames Lesure
NicknameJay, Jamey, Jim, and Jimmie
BirthdateSeptember 21, 1979
Age43 years old
Sun signVirgo
TraitsPositive– hardworking, intelligent, and adventurous
Negative– Uncompromising, insecure, scrutinizing
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA
Currently residingLos Angeles, California, USA
NationalityAmerican
ParentsNo information
GrandparentsNo information
SiblingsNo information
Marital statusUnmarried
Spouse Laura Vega (ex-girlfriend)
Paz Vega (ex-girlfriend)
ChildrenNone
Educationbachelor’s degree in theater from The University of Southern California,
the University of Kent in Canterbury, England
ProfessionActor
Net worthUSD 5 million
Social mediaFacebook, Twitter, Instagram, and official website
Eyes colorBlack
Height6 feet 2 inches

Early life

James Lesure
James Lesure

James Lesure was born in Los Angeles, California, on September 21, 1979.

He is a Virgo. 

Virgos are known to be hardworking, creative, reliable, and kind. However, sometimes they can be self-critical, stubborn, and timid.

Initially, James gained his early education from Stevie White Middle School in Carson, California, USA. After that, he transferred to Carson High School. 

James was also the captain of the foosball team at his high school. He was always interested in sports, and acting wasn’t his first career choice.

After graduating from high school, James joined the US Air Force Academy due to his passion for sports. Nevertheless, he dropped out after some time. 

He then joined the University of Southern California to complete his undergraduate education. James Lesure majored in theatre and attended the USC School of Dramatic Arts. As a theatre student, Lesure was a part of many plays, such as Hair and The Island.

After finishing his studies at the University of Southern California, James Lesure went to England and attended the University of Kent. Due to his interest in sports, Lesure also gained boxing training to become an amateur boxer.

He is a huge basketball fan. 

His favorite players are Steve Nash and Kevin Garnett. 

In addition, Lesure is also a philanthropist who likes to contribute to different charities and organizations from time to time. 

He works with sickle cell disease education in the USA.

James stands tall at six feet and two inches. He weighs a total of 68 kilograms. 

James is bald and has black-colored eyes. 

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Relationships

James Lesure is unmarried and is currently single. Previously he was in a relationship with Paz Vega and Laura Boyle.

Laura Boyle (ex-girlfriend)

Laura is an American actress and producer. She was born on 24th March 1970 and is nine years older than James Lesure. She has worked in the television series Twin Peaks and The Practice.

Laura Boyle and James Lesure have been together since 2005. They were spotted together several times, and their relationship seemed to be going well until they decided to call it quits one day.

They did not reveal the reason behind their breakup to the public, and the split seemed to be amicable.

She even got nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her fantastic performance in The Practice.

Boyle was previously married to John Patrick Dee III.

She also dated Kyle MacLachlan, David Spade, and Jack Nicholson.
Jack and Laura were involved in a car crash that the paparazzi captured.

She is married to Donald Ray Thomas II, a real estate investor.

Paz Vega (ex-girlfriend)

Paz Vega ex girlfriend of James Lesure
Paz Vega, ex-girlfriend of James Lesure

Paz’s full name is María de la Paz Campos Trigos. She was born on 2nd January 1976.

Paz Vega and James Lesure started seeing each other after his breakup with Laura Boyle. Vega and Lesure had a long-term relationship but chose to part ways after many years together.

Vega is mostly popular for her work in Spanish movies. Some of her films are Sex and Lucia, Spanglish, 10 Items or Less, All Roads Lead to Rome, Acts of Vengeance, and Rambo: Last Blood.

Paz has been awarded multiple awards for her incredible film and television performances. She is married to Orson Salazar, with whom she has three children.

Children

James Lesure has no children, biological or adopted.

The career of James Lesure

After obtaining his theatre degree from the University of Southern California, James Lesure started his theatre journey. He played the role of Macduff in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

James Lesure landed his first-ever television role in The OJ Simpson Story in 1995. He played the role of a cop in the show. After this, he played in popular shows such as Space: Above and Beyond, Seinfeld, Mad About You, and NYPD Blue.

In 1998, he landed the role of Mel Giles on the NBC/The WB series For Your Love. After eight episodes, NBC canceled the show. However, The WB picked it up, and the series ran on the network for four years. 

After the cancellation of For Your Love, Lesure played the role of Mike Cannon in the series Las Vegas. 

James continued to work on the small screen. He gave many memorable performances in shows like Alias, Half & Half, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Lipstick Jungle, The New Adventures of Old Christine, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Uncle Buck, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Salvation, Divorce, and Blue Bloods.

After an illustrious TV career, he ventured into the movie world, and in 2006, he appeared in the movie The Package. He played an ex-convict, Bounce, who wanted to earn a massive amount by burying a mysterious package in the desert.

Likewise, Lesure appeared in the movies Loveless in Los Angeles and The Ring Two in supporting roles. As he continues his Film and TV work, James Lesure has begun working as a producer.

ProjectCategoryCharacterYear
Down the MiddleTV SeriesMark2020
The Rookie: Feds TV SeriesCarter Hope2022
Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers DynastyTV SeriesJulius Erving2022
RebelBenji Ray2021
SchooledLeslie2020
Good GirlsFBI Agent Jim Turner2018-2020
Republic of SarahTV MoviesTom2019
Divorce TV SeriesHenry2018
SalvationTV SeriesCongressman Trey Thomason2018
Girlfriends’ Guide to DivorceTV SeriesMike2017-2018
Libby and Malcolm TV SeriesBernie Wilson2017
Uncle BuckTV SeriesWill Russell2016
Blue Bloods TV SeriesAlex McBride2014-2015
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationTV SeriesDr. Emmett2014
Men at WorkTV SeriesGibbs2012-2014
Brenda ForeverTV MovieDonnie2013
Happy EndingsTV SeriesElliot2013
Fire with FireCraig2012
Mr. SunshineTV SeriesAlonzo Pope2011
Harry’s LawTV SeriesSr. Taylor2011
Let’s Stay TogetherTV SeriesDarryl2011
Casting CallShortGary2010
Our Family WeddingTV SeriesOfficer Turman2010
The New Adventures of Old ChristineTV SeriesDave2009
SherriTV SeriesMyles Marson2009
Lipstick JungleTV SeriesGriffin Bell2008
MonkTV SeriesRay Regis2008
Las VegasTV SeriesMike Cannon2003
Studio 60 on the Sunset StripTV SeriesCaptain Boyle2007
Loveless in Los AngelesTV SeriesClint2007
LostTV SeriesDr. Rob Hamill2007
The PackageShortBounce2006
The Ring TwoDoctor2005
African-American Idol: The Search for the Next Black LeaderShortShekar Orr
2003
The DivisionTV SeriesJohnny Sloan2003
Half & HalfTV SeriesBrian LeFine2002
AliasTV SeriesCraig Blair2002
For Your LoveTV SeriesMel Ellis1998
The Johnny ChroniclesTV MovieRussell2002
George LopezTV SeriesBen Adams2002
What Wouldn’t Jesus Do?TV ShortJesus Christ2002
NYPD BlueTV SeriesMarcus Hodges1995
Suddenly SusanTV SeriesDavid Gordon, M.D.2000
Giving It UpKevin1999
Getting PersonalTV SeriesRalph Cooper1998
Show and ProveShortP-Nut1998
Saved by the Bell: The New ClassTV SeriesLieutenant Griffin1997
The Drew Carey ShowTV SeriesAlan1997
The Burning ZoneTV Series1997
Dangerous MindsTV SeriesCarl Murray1996
Diagnosis MurderTV SeriesSkate Shop Clerk1996
SeinfeldTV SeriesOffice Worker1996
MartinTV SeriesKalvin Kani1992
Pacific BlueTV SeriesRay1996
Mad About YouTV SeriesMaitre ‘D1996
Space: Above and BeyondTV SeriesLt. Stone1995
Crimson TideGuard #21995
Hope & GloriaTV SeriesDelivery Man1995
The O.J. Simpson StoryTV MovieA.C.’s Cop1995

Awards and recognitions

James Lesure has received many accolades for his incredible work throughout his three-decade-long acting career. James got nominated for the Vision Award in 2014 for his performance in the TV series Men at Work.

Furthermore, the NBA Entertainment League honored him with the title of Most Valuable Player in 2006. Owing to his contributions to sickle cell disease education and research, James was awarded the Distinguished Support Award by the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California in 2006.

The net worth of James Lesure

James Lesure’s estimated net worth is approximately $5 million. His annual salary ranges between $19,000 to $200,000, which he earns for his work in films and TV shows. Lesure, who currently lives in his Los Angeles home, leads quite a lavish lifestyle that most can only dream of.

Social media

James has quite an active presence on Instagram under the username “realjameslesure.” The account only has a total of five posts to date, and 411 others follow James.

An official page dedicated to James Lesure exists on Facebook, which aims to provide fans updates and news about the actor. 3.4k people follow the page.

Joined in May 2012, James Lesure’s Twitter account is followed by 5,968 others, and the actor follows 19 other accounts. His Twitter username is “JamesLesure.”

James Lesure and Matthew Perry

James is often associated with actor Matthew Perry. Matthew and James starred together in the short-lived American sitcom Mr. Sunshine. Perry was also the show’s co-creator, which got canceled in 2011 due to low ratings.

Matthew Perry is most popular for his portrayal of Chandler Bing in the superhit NBC sitcom Friends. The Canadian-American actor has also worked as a screenwriter and playwright in the past. Perry’s film credits include Fools Rush In, Almost Heroes, The Whole Nine Yards, and 17 Again.

In the past, Matthew Perry dealt with Vicodin addiction and even completed a 28-day program to overcome it in 1997. Similarly, Perry has previously struggled with methadone, amphetamines, and alcohol addiction. Matthew is currently sober and recently got engaged to Molly Hurwitz, a literary manager. James Lesure and Matthew Perry reportedly shared a good relationship during their time together with Mr. Sunshine.